Doctor of Education: Instructional Leadership


Program Description

Earn an EdD in Instructional Leadership from Concordia, fully online and designed to help you make positive impacts

In some states, teachers are required to further their education to move up the pay scale—but if you’re like many educators, you might want to advance your education simply to become a more effective teacher and leader. Whether you’re looking to stay in the classroom, potentially working at the collegiate level later in life, or just want to get better at instruction and guiding others to improve, Concordia’s EdD in Instructional Leadership is for you.

  • 100% Online - Virtual Residency
  • 20 Students/Class - Quality Instruction & Networking
  • 113-Year Reputation - Concordia University-Portland College of Education

What will I study?

Concordia’s doctoral program focuses on developing reflective practitioners and transformative leaders who have a willingness to recognize the need and confront it with reason, who are well-grounded with ethical perspectives, and who have the willingness to think and act critically. In this specific Instructional Leadership concentration, you’ll also learn:

  • How to design and conduct reliable and accurate assessments of student learning.
  • The ways in which to apply the principles and methods of servant leadership to effect organizational change without authority.
  • Communication skills to use within your organization and with outside stakeholders about critical topics in education.
  • Purposes, theories, and methods for achieving college readiness in schools.

Why Concordia?

As innovators in the field of learning, Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education has been empowering teachers for over a century and continues to influence education from prenatal to the doctoral level. In fact, our College of Education is housed in the flagship school of our new educational model, known as 3toPhD®. The same bold minds behind this innovative prototype are also those shaping our ongoing educational research, and our undergraduate and graduate programs. We’re growing our community of professional educators to advance learning at every stage—join us.

Scholarship Availability

If you believe our EdD program is right for you, nothing should stand in your way.

Education is an investment worth making, which is why we're happy to help you find the right funding opportunities for you. Contact us about the program you're interested in, and we'll review scholarship opportunities and share information about financing and other programs – based on your individual circumstances.

We offer up to $6,000 in scholarships, and right now, you may qualify for free textbooks.

Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements are for U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying to Concordia University-Portland’s EdD programs. Talk with your enrollment specialist for full details.

  • Completed online application.
  • Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts from each degree-granting institution attended.
  • Current résumé with references, including relationship and contact information.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher in a master’s program or any post-master’s credit.
  • Letter of Intent (no more than two pages) citing evidence as to why you should be admitted to the doctoral program, including reasons why you chose Concordia Portland and illustrating your commitment to degree completion. Please state in your cover letter: I certify that I am the author of this paper and that any assistance I received in its preparation is fully acknowledged and disclosed in the paper. I have also cited any sources from which I used data, ideas, or words, either quoted directly or paraphrased.
  • Current résumé including references (please explain your relationship with the references and include their contact information).
  • Submit an example of original, scholarly or professional writing from graduate-level work that demonstrates your best writing. The sample should be approximately 5-10 pages in length.
  • An interview may be required upon request from the review committee.
  • Candidates for the Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation concentration will submit to the Director of Doctoral Studies a rationale that includes their purpose and goals, along with a selection of the four concentration courses to be taken.
  • Candidates may be required to take a post-admission, pre-enrollment writing assessment, so the program has a real-time assessment of candidates’ writing proficiency.
Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

If education is your passion, this is your university. One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia University–Portland is reshaping the way the world views teachers and students. We o ... Read More

If education is your passion, this is your university. One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia University–Portland is reshaping the way the world views teachers and students. We offer education degree programs at every level – many of which can be earned online – from a Bachelor in Education to master and doctorate degree programs. Read less