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Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership Accepted Students


Welcome to the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) degree at Concordia University! Our faculty look forward to working with you, your colleagues, and our CSP instructors to maximize your leadership talents plus define and grow your area of leadership passion through the dissertation process. This team effort ensures that completing this degree is attainable for every doctorate student.

The doctorate program’s personalized approach provides a leadership edge for our students. You will have a personalized profession advocate throughout the program to serve as a support, advisor, coach, and problem-solver. The leadership and scholarship learning has been developmentally designed providing you the necessary guidance and resources to advance your capstone projects – Leadership Narrative and Dissertation – throughout your course work.

Once again welcome and we look forward to working with you and including you among our CSP family!


Dr. Ric Dressen, Ed.D


Logging On

  • Your CSP Network Account will be created after you are admitted. At that time, you will be emailed information to help you get started.

    Already attended CSP?

    Students who have been readmitted or are alumni of CSP can simply reset their passwords by contacting the CSP Helpdesk if you cannot remember your previous password.

    Our newly admitted students should do the following 3 things to access their accounts:

    1. Reset your network password – Any student who has previously attended CSP likely already has a secure
    password and access to their email and blackboard accounts
    2. Log into their CSP email – CSP email accounts never expire
    3. Log into Blackboard – Blackboard accounts created after 2016 are all still accessible.

    CSP Helpdesk contact information

    Already have CSP employee accounts?

    • For active members of our CSP Community on the staff or faculty side, we encourage you to use your student accounts for your studies at CSP. Student accounts and the documents saved in them belong to the student. Faculty or staff accounts, including the documents saved to the Google drive belong to CSP.
    • Student accounts never expire, so students will have access to their work after they leave CSP, but faculty and staff will lose access as soon as they leave. This becomes very important when you start saving essays, portfolio pieces, and capstone projects.
    • Additionally, Blackboard courses you are enrolled in as a student can only be accessed with the student account. Some forms will only be accessible to your student account. There are a number of small differences in account permissions that could trip you up if you are using a CSP work account when you should be using a student account.
    • The easiest way to keep things separate is to create a different profile in Chrome. Different profiles can keep separate histories, bookmarks, saved passwords, etc. Keeping a clear separation in roles can really help.
  • 1. Logging into your CSP Email Account – Using the Chrome web browser go to

      • If you are not already signed into a gmail account, click “sign in”, enter your CSP email address and network password.
      • If you are already signed into a non-csp gmail account, you can click the account icon in the upper right corner of your screen, then click “Add another account” and enter your CSP email address and network password.

    2. Set up 2-Step Verification – As soon as you sign into gmail, you will be prompted to set up two-step verification. If you ignore the prompt and do not set it up within 24 hours, your account will be locked and you will need to contact the help desk to unlock it for another 24 hours.

    3. Forwarding your Email – Concordia recommends that every CSP student uses their CSP email address. All emailed communication from CSP will be directed to the CSP email address therefore it will be imperative for all students to maintain and check their CSP Gmail account regularly.

      • Login to your CSP Gmail Account
      • Go to your settings (the gear icon on the top right of the email page)
      • Click on the “Forwarding the POP/IMAP’ tab
      • Click on the “Add a forward address” button
      • Enter the forwarded email address and follow the instructions

    If locked out of your account or for help resetting your password, contact the IT Help Desk.

  • CSPConnect is your student portal providing links to all aspects as a student at CSP including billing, financial aid, and Blackboard (your online classroom).

    Log into CSPConnect. Here are the steps:

    1. Use Safari or Chrome
    2. Go to
    3. Sign in with your username and network password that you received in your CSP Network Account Information email.

Finalizing Your Acceptance

  • Registering for your courses just got easier. With the help of your Advisor you will prepare your Academic Plan. Once your plan is set, we’ll get your signature of approval and register you for your courses.

    Your Academic Advisor will be your key contact throughout your program for things like transfer credits, registration, and course availability. Contact your advisor, Gretchen Walther, with any questions throughout your studies at [email protected].

    Login to your Degree Audit found in Blackboard under “Student Tools” and confirm the courses that you are registered for.

  • Log into your application portal to check if official transcripts are needed. If official transcripts are not received prior to the start of the second term, your account will be place on hold and you will not be able to register for classes.

    • If you submitted a transcript with classes or a degree in progress at the time of acceptance – your final official transcript showing completed grades and/or a conferred degree must be sent to Concordia.
    • If you submitted an unofficial transcript – your official transcript must be sent to Concordia.

    *To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery to Admissions.

  • Newly accepted students are encouraged to go through CSP’s Online Orientation to ensure that you are prepared as an online graduate student.
    In addition, your Enrollment Counselor will provide thorough training on accessing and using Blackboard, your online learning platform, Gmail as well as online learning tools that you will use throughout your program.

Financing Your Education

  • Doctoral students at Concordia may receive funding in a variety of ways and we encourage students to explore all of your financial possibilities. Learn more about your options with the help of our online resources on our Accepted Student Financial Aid page.

    • Grants & Scholarships – funds that you may qualify for that you do not need to pay back
    • Loans & Alternative Loans – loan options may be through the federal government or alternative loans may be through a private lender
    • Payments – for students that wish to pay out of pocket, there are opportunities to pay in installments or in one lump sum for the term.
  • Tuition and fees must be paid by the posted deadlines each term. Submit a payment through CSP Connect Student Portal in Blackboard and click on the Student Page – additional links for students within the University Links section.

    CSP Payment Plan | Automatic Withdrawal

    • There will be a 2.75% non-refundable convenience fee for each credit card payment. Concordia does not receive this fee.
      A returned payment for any reason will be charged a $35 bank fee to your student account.

    CSP Installment Plan | Manual Installment Payments

    • $35 processing fee
    • 1% monthly finance charge on outstanding principal balance

    Payments by Check may be send to:

    Checks may be sent to:
    Concordia University
    Lockbox 446006
    P.O. Box 64065
    St Paul MN 55164-0065

    Cash and check payments are accepted at the cashier windowCredit card payments on student accounts must be made online. Please include your student ID on all payments.

Financial Aid Questions?

For any Financial Aid related questions – please contact our financial aid department, they are here to help with all things financial aid! Their phone number is 651-603-6300 or their email address is [email protected].

Additional Resources

  • Prepare now and plan ahead for courses and the time commitment you will need to make to complete your program and dissertation. Within the EdD program you will have two, one-week on campus residencies during the summers of your 2nd and 3rd year of the program.

    EdD Educational Leadership Outline

  • Students interested in learning more about transferring credits into the EdD in Educational Leadership program can get started by contacting Admissions. To have credits considered for transfer, students must provide:

    1. Course Syllabus for each course being requested
    2. Official transcript showing the course, date completed and grade
    3. Completed course substitution form provided by your Academic Advisor that indicates the CSP course that you wish to substitute your course for into (note: the course outcomes and content must align in order to grant course substitutions).
    4. Courses must have been completed less than 7 years prior.

    Students transferring courses taken at Concordia University, St. Paul will need to complete the course substitution form provided by your Admissions Counselor. All additional documentation can be obtained internally.

  • A list of CSP’s dates and deadlines can be found on our CSP Academic Calendar. Below are upcoming key dates so be sure to mark your calendar.

    • Last day to register: Sunday before the start date
    • Last day to drop a course without charge: Friday of the first week of class
  • At Concordia University, we offer a number of student resources that will assist you in achieving success in your program. Our services include help with writing papers, tutoring, career opportunities and resume writing, finding academic resources and research, as well as connecting to student groups and university activities. Visit our Student Services site for more information.

  • CSP thanks our military and veterans for all that they have done and are doing to serve our country. In appreciation we offer a $2,000 scholarship applied at the start of your program.

    Find out more on our Military webpage and contact your Admissions Counselor for more information!

What to expect in your EdD Program:

Dr. Laura Wangsness Willemsen

Associate Professor of Education

John Braun

Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo

Associate Professor of Education


Please contact Coordinator Dana Rajcevic with any questions you may have prior to starting your first course: [email protected].

After the start of class, please contact Ed.D Academic Advisor, Gretchen Walther: [email protected].