DoctorateEducation (Ed.D.)

Program Overview

The Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) at Concordia University St. Paul is for experienced educators seeking to further their knowledge in the field of educational leadership for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession.

Completers will earn a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.). This degree enhances a leader’s skills and talents through advanced learning and field experiences. The completed dissertation is the capstone of the program and ensures the leader has the ability to analyze, reflect on, and assess data; evaluate and produce research; and design and communicate solutions using exemplary critical thinking.

The doctoral degree is valued by employers and provides advanced career opportunities in a variety of educational fields. It is transferrable to numerous careers beyond education, including private, not-for-profit, public, and government organizations. Most importantly, the completer of the Ed.D. program recognizes the importance that the embedded learning has on their effectiveness to serve and to lead and to continually develop.

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is designed to address three salient areas with a concentration in leadership. The first area of concentration will addresses a core understanding of leadership issues pertaining to exemplary leadership models, ethics, policy making, and special topics. A second area focuses on scholarship for understanding, and producing and evaluating research applicable to improving organizations. The third area provides comprehensive coursework, integrated with Doctorate Field Experience/Research, and designed with flexibility to allow students to focus on areas of specialization of their choosing within leadership.


Program Requirements

Program Requirements


  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul, Attn: Office of Graduate Admissions, 1282 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a Master’s level writing sample or a sample of work from a previous Ed.S. program will be acceptable. The writing sample may be an original sample of a publication, scholarship writing or Capstone.
  4. Submit a current, professional resume.
  5. Submit 3 letters of recommendation. Letters should come from 1) a direct supervisor, 2) a professional in the field of education or colleague, and 3) from another reference of your choice.
  6. Interview with Ed.D. Faculty. Once all application materials have been submitted, Concordia University – St. Paul Admissions will contact you to schedule an interview with our Faculty Chair and Director of Credentialing.

*A one-day on campus orientation is required prior to the start of classes.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Required Courses

View Education (Ed.D.) required courses on our academic catalog website.

Career Potential