Doctor of Education (EdD)

General Information

The Doctor of Education (EdD) at Concordia University Texas is a three-year online program with two summer residencies at our beautiful Austin, Texas, campus. The degree is ideal for education professionals and organizational trainers who are looking to advance in their careers and assume leadership roles. The ultimate goal of the Concordia EdD is to better you so that you can empower your students to do amazing things.

EdD students spend the first two years of the program completing valuable coursework and the final year working on their dissertation. The first year is composed of 24 credit hours of core classes, through which students build foundational knowledge and skills. After taking and passing a comprehensive exam, students then take 36 credit hours of specialization courses.

Throughout the third year, students shift their entire focus to completing their dissertation and the required practicum. Following this plan, students can complete the entire program in three years.

The first possible specialization is Educational Leadership, which emphasizes leadership at the district/central office level. During pursuit of this specialty, students will also become eligible to sit for the TeXes Superintendent Exam.

The other specialty is Curriculum & Instruction, which emphasizes leadership abilities, specifically in curriculum, and strategies for teaching mastery.

Admissions Deadlines

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: June 24, 2020

Fall 2020 Acceptance Confirmation Deadline: July 1, 2020

Admissions Requirements
  1. Completion of the online application
  2. Master's degree from an accredited university with a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Combined 5 years of credited teaching experience and/or administrative/leadership experience (mid-management or principal certification for those seeking Texas Superintendent Certification); leadership experience should be starred if not obvious
  4. Employer Support Form (PDF) or a letter from applicant's employer indicating support for the candidate's pursuit of the EdD, willingness to allow candidate to conduct field work in the organization (if a school district), and flexibility in work schedule so candidate can attend class and conduct approved field work
  5. Letters of Reference (LOR) - 3 LOR from professional sources that must include:
    1. Present supervisor
    2. Academic/Professor
    3. Co-worker/Professional peer
  6. Official transcripts from accredited master's degree-conferring institution
  7. Resume or CV that summarizes educational and professional career (Applicant should be able to explain any gaps in service)
  8. Letter of intent that introduces the applicant to the review committee and answers the question, "Given the mission of Concordia, what can this program do for me?" (two typed pages, double-spaced)
    Mission Statement: Concordia University Texas empowers students of all backgrounds to lead lives of critical thought, compassionate action and courageous leadership. As a liberal arts university rooted in the Lutheran tradition and affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia develops the mind, heart, soul, and body, preparing leaders for lives of service.
  9. Sample of scholarly writing; may be research from graduate school, published article or paper that demonstrates ability to conduct cited scholarly research in APA style
  10. For Texas Superintendent Certification only - copy of service record and Social Security number
  11. Evidence of English language fluency (if applicable)
  12. Although no formal testing is required for entry, scores from recent (five years or less) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will be accepted and may be used if space is limited

Space in the program will be limited, so the quality of items submitted will certainly be taken into account. Various point values may be assigned to the above items in cases where there are more qualified applicants than program space. In all cases, Concordia will select students who present the most competitive applications and who we consider most likely to be successful, contributing members of the Concordia community who will graduate.

NOTE: Only fully complete admissions packets will be forwarded to the EdD Review Committee. Applications with incomplete materials will be held until all materials are received.

Program Costs

Tuition for the Fall 2020 EdD cohort is $760 per credit hour. This will be a fixed rate for the three-year duration of the program. In addition, there will be an approximate fee of $1,800 to cover the costs of field supervision and the dissertation process.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions about the Doctor of Education program, please review our EdD FAQs.

Doctor of Education Program FAQ

Application for Admission

The online application is available for you to apply to the program. You will be able to save your progress as you add the required files and information needed for acceptance.

Please review the requirements before starting your application.

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