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Doctor of Education

What Does it Look Like to Earn an EdD at Concordia?

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a fully online program that creates the opportunity for a practitioners degree for educators who will actually work in the trenches. Cohorts of up to 20 students are formed each year with a specialization in either Educational Administration or Curriculum & Instruction. The program is designed to be completed in three years with a built-in dissertation, and is tailored for experienced, certified teachers with a desire to become leaders in their schools and districts. A total of five years of teaching experience in a K-12 school is required for those interested in pursuing administration.

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Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education is designed for those individuals who have a completed master’s and who wish to extend their research expertise. Candidates will develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings for application in a variety of educational settings, and they will also develop skills for conducting original research.

In addition, candidates will focus on the development of leadership skills required for implementation of research-based change strategies. All students enrolled in the Concordia EdD program will take 21 credit hours of core courses. After completion of the core courses, students will sit for the comprehensive exam. Upon receiving a passing score on this exam, students will formally be entered into Candidacy for the EdD degree in one of two possible specializations, both consisting of 39 specialization credits. The Educational Administration specialty or the Curriculum & Instruction specialty.

Curriculum Overview for EdD Students

This online program delivery was designed for busy education professionals. The dissertation is built into the three-year program. Four research-based courses throughout the two first years culminate in at least nine hours of research and dissertation work.

Students will choose from two specializations:

Educational Administration: This specialty emphasizes leadership at the district/central office level. Classes in this specialization focus on leadership in the K-12 environment. Students will take courses such as Advanced School Law and Conflict Resolution. Students pursuing superintendent certification also prepare for the Texas State Superintendent Exam.

Curriculum & Instruction: This specialization is ideal for students who want to pursue leadership in curriculum, higher education or educational policy. Students will take courses such as Curriculum Theory and Program Evaluation. This program will prepare you for positions in Higher Education teaching, Director of Curriculum, Chair Person and Director.

Program Benefits

  • Online discussions, assignments and activities
  • No GRE or admissions test
  • Flexible online format with collaborative cohort model
  • Financial aid and multiple payment plans available
  • Hands-on faculty give individualized support
  • Textbook rental program, save an average of 35 percent on books

Career Outcomes

  • Opportunities in K-12 school administration
  • University instruction
  • Educational policy
  • Consulting
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Research
  • Publishing
  • Director of Curriculum


Why pursue an EdD?

Many districts (mostly mid-size to larger) require their superintendent and/or executive team (curriculum director, finance director, etc.) to possess a terminal degree. Other positions, such as those found in consulting, carry more weight and prestige with the terminal degree.

What can I do with an EdD?

Those with an EdD can become school district executives, faculty at the university level, training supervisors in large and small businesses or chief learning officers in corporations.

Learning Environment

In Concordia’s fully online EdD program, students typically take three classes per semester.  The primary exception to this is in the third year of the program when students take two classes, Dissertation and Practicum, in the first two semesters and only the Dissertation in the final semester.  Following this plan, students can complete the entire program in three years.

All students enrolled in the Concordia EdD program will take 24 credit hours of “core courses.” After completion of the core courses, students will sit for the Comprehensive Exam. Upon receiving a passing score on this exam, students will formally be entered into Candidacy for the EdD degree in one of two possible specializations, both consisting of 37 credit hours. The first possible specialization will be Educational Administration. This specialty will emphasize leadership at the district/central office level. During pursuit of this specialty, students will also become eligible to sit for the Texas Superintendent Exam. The other specialty is in the area of Curriculum & Instruction. This specialty will also emphasize leadership abilities, but will focus more on leadership in curriculum and strategies for teaching mastery.



Students in both the Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) and Educational Administration (EDAD) track will complete a dissertation starting their third year of the program.

Dissertation Committee selection and approval should take place during the second semester of the second year during the Research IV - Proposal course. Dissertation Committees will consist of three faculty members from CTX, one of which must be a full-time faculty member.

Generally, two of the three members will be from the College of Education. All requests to have a faculty member serve on a Dissertation Committee must be made by the instructor of Research IV – Proposal course.

Superintendent Certification
Admission to the superintendent certification program is conducted toward the end of the first year of the EdD program for students in the EDAD track. Superintendent certification courses are part of the EDAD program and are subject to regulations of the Texas Education Agency. At this time, the candidate seeking superintendent certification must:
  • Submit written application for admission
  • Complete a faculty interview (Rubric with faculty recommendation)
  • Be admitted to EdD Candidacy (Comprehensive Exam report)
  • Provide Service Record showing at least three credible years of managerial experience in a public school district
  • Provide Certificate showing valid, unexpired mid-management /principal certification from Texas.
  • Sign Texas Code of Ethics form
  • Sign Consent to Release form

In order to be accepted and remain in the Superintendent Certification program at Concordia University the candidate must:

  • Meet all admission requirements to the Superintendent specialization including a minimum GPA of 3.0 either cumulatively or in the last 60 hours from the most recently earned Master's degree or higher. 
  • Earn passing scores on both the Interview and Comprehensive Exam
  • Accept the admissions offer within the required time frame
  • Remain in good standing with the University
  • Pass all required coursework
  • Pass the State Superintendent exam(s) during EDAD 6235 Practicum I or EDAD 6236 Practicum II
  • Successfully complete EDAD 6235 Practicum I and EDAD 6236 Practicum II at a TEA-approved district in Texas under the guidance of a state-certified mentor (superintendent certification) with at least three years of experience

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