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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Management

Today's education leaders require superior expertise and competencies to lead complex organizations facing 21st century challenges. The mission of Drexel's EdD in Educational Leadership and Management is to produce multi-disciplined individuals with the skills and knowledge to lead complex communities.

The curriculum of the EdD program provides the instructional, managerial, financial, and strategic aspects of leadership so that graduates obtain the ability to work within a fluid political and multicultural environment, shaped by new technologies.


In addition to core courses, students focus their studies with a concentration in one the following areas:

Educational Administration

Students are challenged to develop interdisciplinary models of curricula and teaching strategies. They examine the role of chief executive office and study the major issues facing families such as poverty, domestic violence, and drug abuse and their impact on the school environment. In-depth understanding is developed of the key laws and obligations in the field of special education. An experiential component takes the student into various central office positions for a year long internship focused on the various issues that face a school on a daily basis.

Educational Policy

The Educational Policy concentration offers a rigorous academic approach to educational policy studies, while continuing Drexel University's tradition of applied learning, as students are trained in the tactics and influence skills of policy-making. From a foundational course introducing policy studies and analysis, students engage with policies and policy issues impacting education, those working in it, and those served by it. While positioning policy making within global contexts and forces, emphasis is placed upon policies related to "access and equity" to the full range of educational resources within the United States and upon United States competitiveness. Policy studies are contextualized within the range of jurisdictional entities from local to national and international settings. Heavy emphasis is placed upon the roles of ethics and ethical decision-making in past and future policy-making.

Higher Education

This path of study covers the historical growth and advancement of colleges and universities in the U.S. from the Colonial era to present day "virtual" models of public and private universities. Students explore the institutional hierarchy of a school and the relationship between the university and the community it serves. Courses examine strategies of success for faculty and administrators through an understanding of the career patterns of faculty, deans, vice presidents, provosts, and presidents and study how decision-making and change are implemented. Students analyze the roles of school boards and community organizations as well as state boards of education, state government agencies, special interest groups, professional organizations, and unions. Within this framework, coursework explores the impact of variables such as the law, politics, and power structures on an educational institution.

Human Resource Development

The HRD concentration is designed to meet a critical need found in many organizations: to produce human development leaders who work with individuals to align organizational learning with organizational goals. Six major strategies serve as core goals for six connected courses. These strategy objectives will also serve as program outcomes for evaluating program effectiveness in organizational learning and strategy, coaching and mentoring, implementing and evaluating change, performance competencies, consulting, designing and developing multimedia applications for learning and development of human resources.

Special Education Leadership

Students are prepared to take on supervisory roles within the education system after gaining the unique leadership knowledge and skills needed to successfully direct programs within special education. Graduates are equipped with the advanced skills, knowledge, and competencies to head programs that meet the needs of students at risk for and with disabilities in a variety of environments. Students who hold a master of special education or a related field will find that this program builds upon their previous studies and allows them to seamlessly continue their education.

Athletic Administration

The Athletic Administration concentration is designed to meet the demands for strong and informed leadership in athletic departments at the K-12 and college and university levels by focusing on the growing depth and breadth of the industry including legal and ethical considerations, the need for external funding sources, and the major issues that confront sport domestically and globally. Curriculum targets high school and college administrators who serve as athletic directors, student-athlete academic advisors, coaches, compliance officers and campus recreation directors, and promotes the development of a culture of excellence that adheres to moral and ethical guidelines and creates a positive student-athlete experience.

Creativity and Innovation

The Creativity and Innovation concentration enables the development of deep foundations and contextual backgrounds in the field of creativity. Such development gives leaders the capacities to creatively address the complex and changing needs of education, government, and industry. Integral to leaders’ development is “collaborative creative leadership” which is an essential dimension of innovation management. In particular, the concentration highlights the vital role of creative strengths in fueling new bottom-line innovations.