Online Doctor of Education (EdD)
Educational Leadership

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Overview of the Online Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership Program

Make your impact on education.

The outlook for a career in education is growing quickly. Are you ready to rise to the challenge? IWU’s 100% online Doctor of Education with a major in Educational Leadership is for anyone with a master’s degree who wants to expand their opportunities for an influential career in education.

Pursuing your EdD will set you apart as a world-changer in your field. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a role in teaching and administration in P-12 or higher education, educational policy, education/training in businesses, consulting, or action research. IWU’s program provides:

  • Fully online courses, no onsite residency or travel required
  • A multicultural and global responsiveness thread through all classes
  • Dissertation embedded within coursework

It’s time to fulfill your dream of empowering lifelong learners. Enroll in the EdD program to start leaving your mark on the world of education.

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Apply various leadership models and create organizational change initiatives in educational environments.
  • Develop skills to lead educational practices across diverse educational settings.
  • Create strategic leadership plans that are culturally responsive for an educational setting.
  • Model Christ-like leadership through personal integrity, fairness, accountability, cultural responsiveness, and ethical/legal decision-making.
  • Apply multicultural and/or global perspectives and solutions in action research.

Career Options

  • University Professor
  • Superintendent
  • School Administrator (P-12 & Postsecondary)
  • Education Consultant
  • Non-Profit Leader/Educator


60 Total
$650/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

20 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Have completed a master's degree in education (or related field) from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Degrees must be verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate-level courses from a master's degree-granting institution.
  • Have a minimum of three years of experience at an educational organization or related field.
  • Present at least two letters of recommendation.

Process for doctoral candidacy: 

  • Satisfactory completion of EDL-723 Capstone. 
  • Submission of all documents required by the Admissions Selection Committee. 
  • Approval by the committee for progression into doctoral candidacy at program mid-point. 

*NOTE: This program is selective. Complete packets meeting all requirements do not guarantee doctoral candidacy. 

  • Completion of all classes with a minimum GPA of 3.25 and minimum grade of B- in each course. A grade of C+ or below will require the course to be repeated
  • Successful defense of doctoral action research dissertation and approval of written dissertation by committee chair.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees, including publication of APA-compliant dissertation to Proquest, is required to receive a diploma.
    • Candidate may participate in commencement after successful defense and completion of any postdefense content editing as approved by committee chair but prior to publication.

Process for Doctoral Candidacy

  • Satisfactory completion of EDL-723 Capstone
  • Submission of all documents required by the Admissions Selection Committee
  • Approval by the committee for progression into doctoral candidacy at program mid-point.
*Note: This program is selective. Complete packets meeting all requirements do not guarantee doctoral candidacy.

Action Research

Students will complete Action Research as a part of this program. The action research will focus on an issue or problem from the student's own environment (school, work, etc.). The student will complete each phase of the project alongside of the course work. At the end of the course work, the student will have a completed Action Research Dissertation. Students must complete each required section of the action research project in order to pass the academic course.


The Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024