The Doctor of Education in Transformational School Leadership program prepares you to assume leadership positions and serve as a change agent within your own institution and neighboring communities. Transformational leaders are mission driven, stimulate action, innovation, change and progress within a system of respect, trust and deliberate practice. A transformational leader creates positive momentum in the way we live and work together; providing a collaborative invitation to develop a set of beliefs and a vision for how we perceive and make sense of the world, promote social justice, equity and drive desired outcomes.

  • Cost:
    $850 per credit

  • 60-credit program

  • Live, online class sessions blending synchronous and asynchronous sessions

  • Start terms: Fall, Spring

  • No GRE required

About the Program

You will be exposed to a comprehensive core curriculum in areas such as leadership theories, organizational change, team building and organizational learning. Within this context, you will learn about research methods and their application as they discuss social, economic and political issues affecting schools and learning communities. This accelerated, 60-credit program culminates in a dissertation in practice, which means solving a real-world problem of practice in your school/learning community.

Program Benefits

Effective transformational school leaders collaborate with teachers as internal stakeholders, as well as learning community members, to create platforms for open dialogue and continuous improvement.

You will build a community with other students through a myriad of activities -- presentations, discussions and reflection – so that you can develop sustainable change efforts in your own school learning communities.

Our student-teacher ratio is small so you always receive personal attention from our distinguished faculty. From your first semester through the completion of your dissertation, your faculty mentors take a keen interest in your professional development.

With an Ed.D. in Transformational School Leadership you will be able to:

  • Realize: Develop your unique capacity to lead.
  • Facilitate: Promote a growth-mindset of deeper learning, action and success.
  • Innovate: Ignite change through collaboration.
  • Develop: Understand and leverage diverse and complex learning communities.
  • Engage: Form relationship networks that enhance learning and transform schools and communities.
  • Support: Drive student learning and social emotional development through a focused lens of equity, social justice, respect and dignity.

Graduates with an Ed.D. in Transformational School Leadership pursue careers as leaders across educational institutions such as public or private K-12 schools, local, state or federal government agencies, post-secondary institutions and as business/industry and corporate learning officers.


This program is 60 credits and includes 9 credits of research courses and 12 credits of dissertation work. The first two years of the program are dedicated to completing core and research coursework.


Students entering the Doctor of Education in Transformational School Leadership degree program must:

  • Hold a master’s degree with a graduate GPA of at least 3.25.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose
  • Interview faculty members prior to admission

To learn more about our Ed.D. in Transformational School Leadership admission requirements, view admissions.