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Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership Accepted Students


Welcome to Concordia University’s EdD in Educational Leadership Program

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

Next Steps

  • 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.

    Course       Course Name       Term        Credits
    ED 7040       Leadership and Scholarship I       Fall               3
    ED 7041       Leadership and Scholarship II       Fall               3
    ED 7046       Leadership and Scholarship III       Spring               3
    ED 7063       Leadership and Scholarship       Spring               3
    ED 7047       Influences and Assessment Public Policy       Summer               3
    ED 7090       Leadership and Scholarship Coaching       Summer               1
    ED 7080       Residency I: Lead and Problem       Summer               3
    ED 7048       Org Theory       Fall               3
    ED 7091       Leadership and Scholarship Coaching        Fall               1
    ED 7065       Quantitative Research Methods       Fall               3
    ED 7083       Qualitative Research Methods       Spring               3
    ED 7067       Organizations Resource Mgmt       Spring               3
    ED 7068       Solutions Based Leadership       Summer               3
    ED 7081       Residency II: Dissertation Preparation       Summer               3
    ED 7082       Research Development       Fall               3
    ED 7070       Ethical Leadership        Fall               3
    ED 7069       Strategic Advancement       Spring               3
    ED 7084       Research Design       Spring               3
                                  Dissertation               14
  • 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].

  • 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.

  • 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 reaching out to you to get started!

  • 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
    • Tuition due: this will depend on how you plan to pay for your courses. Visit the Accepted Student Financial Aid page for more details. 
    • Scholarships and loans applied: approximately two weeks after the start date
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • To apply for financial aid at CSP, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and choose Concordia St. Paul using the code 002347.

  • Your CSP Network Account will be created approximately one week after you are admitted. At that time, you will be emailed more information to help you get started (subject line: CSP Network Account Information).

    Your network account allows you access to Blackboard (our learning portal) and your CSP email (Gmail) and will be used throughout your time as a Golden Bear.

    Follow our step-by-step tutorial to set up your network account:

What to Expect in your EdD Program


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].

Meet our faculty

Our world-class faculty use their decades of experience to nurture your success from the first day of class all the way to graduation— and beyond.

Dr. Laura Wangsness Willemsen

Associate Professor of Education

John Braun

Assistant Professor, Ed.S. Educational Leadership

Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo

Associate Professor of Education