Design a Doctorate of Education that suits you. Our innovative, three-phase program can be completed in just three years.

You may truly enjoy your current role in education, government, or another sector, but perhaps you’re interested in the mastering of a variety of subjects so you can successfully analyze and address the complex challenges facing your organization. Or perhaps you have ideas for a career move—department chair, supervisor, transition into administration—and you’re looking for a taste of each. In Concordia University-Portland’s innovative Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation (PROLIT) EdD concentration, you can design a customized program of study that enhances your abilities and meets you where you are.

Offered 100 percent online, our EdD in Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation program gives candidates the opportunity to choose doctoral coursework outside of a predefined, specific curriculum. In doing so, you’re able to dig deeper into various passions, gain exposure to areas you’re unfamiliar with, and ultimately use what you learn through this prestigious terminal degree program to better position yourself for career success and meeting specific educational goals.

Through intensive curricula, scholarly discussions, and a nurturing faculty of highly regarded instructors, our EdD program produces leaders who inspire ethical change. Our online, leadership-focused doctoral program is comprised of eight-week classes and is limited in class size to support quality and collaboration. Accredited, nonprofit, and private, Concordia University-Portland has been developing leaders since 1905.

The Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation concentration is ideal for:

Candidates from governmental, community/nonprofit, religious, and other sectors who want to gain in-depth knowledge to further enhance their high-level problem-solving, decision-making, and collaborative skills.

Program Highlights

Enjoy your current role, but curious about other subjects? Or perhaps you’re ready for a change. Concordia University-Portland’s EdD in Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation gives you the opportunity to choose doctoral coursework outside of a predefined curriculum. That way, you can dig deeper into various passions, gain exposure to areas you’re unfamiliar with, and ultimately use what you learn to better position yourself for career success.

Concordia University-Portland’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 concentration, you’ll also learn:

  • Knowledge and skills to improve your marketability in an ever-changing landscape of occupational opportunities;
  • How to apply a variety of leadership skills in disparate environments;
  • Different ways to analyze complex challenges;
  • Updated skills to create a better leadership fit in your current position.


Under the guidance of the Faculty Chair and dissertation committee, candidates will develop and execute a feasible, ethical, and scientifically valid dissertation research study and write a dissertation to report the development, execution, and completion of the study. The dissertation will include a logical, organized Introduction; a synthesized Literature Review; a well-articulated and sound Methodology; a scientifically accurate and precise presentation of Data Analysis and Results; and, a well-developed Discussion and Conclusion. The dissertation is a scholarly document or presentation intended to demonstrate the research competence of the author and to produce greater understanding resulting from a comprehensive, logical, and ethical investigation. The dissertation is an expression of a high level of critical thought and is expected to be a substantive contribution to the theory or practice of its discipline or field of study.

Program Outcomes

Join a growing network of alumni in active support, mutual encouragement and shared knowledge. Start class with 10,000 immediate connections (our #TenThousandStrong alumni network is a growing force in education) allowing you to learn from other teachers, principals, and education professionals. Our curriculum helps you stay ahead of the industry and uses an iterative process that ensures you’re getting the most value out of your graduate education.

The Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation concentration develops transformative leaders who:

  • Want to improve marketability in an ever-changing landscape of occupational opportunities;
  • Need to learn and apply a variety of leadership skills in disparate environments;
  • Are employed in a leadership position requiring diverse and distinct knowledge and skills;
  • Require updated skills to create a better leadership fit in their current position;
  • Want to take advantage of a self-initiated and self-tailored course of study;
  • Aspire to an enhanced leadership position requiring a different skill base;
  • Need expertise in a variety of areas in order to analyze complex challenges.

Why Concordia University-Portland?

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.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia University-Portland’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework—paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom—makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits—from higher pay to promotions—are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

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.
Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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