Our doctoral program seeks future leaders to be catalysts for transformative change. Seattle University's doctorate degree in Educational Leadership prepares professionals to guide the talents of employees and managers, using an imaginative vision to move their organizations forward. Our graduates build strong community through ethical service and are culturally competent to work in a diverse, interdependent world.

The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (EDLR) is a practiced-based degree that prepares ethical, reflective, culturally competent professionals who lead with skill, demonstrate integrity, embrace diversity and advance social justice. Established in 1976, the program has a distinguished reputation for producing leaders who are making a difference in our world including chancellors and college presidents, award-winning superintendents and principals, and leaders in business, non-profit organizations, business, healthcare, and the government. 

Seattle University's Jesuit values in support of social justice, community engagement, diversity and cultural competency make our program truly unique. Our program expands critical thinking skills, engages participants through a challenging curriculum, and involves students in real-life leadership practice in the area of professional concentration that fits their needs and careers.

Informing the program study are these themes:

  • the leader as self
  • the leader in organizations
  • the leader in a global and interdependent world

Program Features

Designed for the working professional, our program features:

  • Evening and weekend classes with learning modules that are offered at a variety of times and in different formats.
  • The benefit of a cohort model
  • Professional concentrations tailored to fit students’ roles in education or professional fields such as healthcare, business, ministry, nonprofit and public administration
  • Opportunity to work with and learn from a tight-knit learning community of skilled leaders from diverse fields
  • Emphasis is placed on a social justice component to open doors for expanding multicultural competencies
  • Caring and challenging faculty
  • Strong alumni network
  • Coursework is completed in 3 years, although students may choose to spend more time to finish their doctoral thesis.

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)

The Educational Leadership Program at Seattle University is proudly part of The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).  As per CPED's website:

 The Vision of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is to inspire all schools of education to apply the CPED framework to the preparation of educational leaders to become well-equipped scholarly practitioners who provide stewardship of the profession and meet the educational challenges of the 21st century.  

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