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Ed.D. in Ethical Leadership

At the University of St. Thomas, we believe in the inherent calling of leaders to be creative and competent catalysts for transformative change. The Ed.D. in Ethical Leadership program is an innovative, student-centric program that provides a scholarly template to analyze administrative practices and promote socially responsible leadership in schools and organizations with an educational purpose.

The Ed.D. program is a three-year, part-time program designed for public and private educators currently working in K-12 and higher education institutions/campuses. The UST program distinguishes itself through the use of academic benchmarks that monitor student progress throughout the duration of the program. Students engage in relevant and meaningful research directed toward the creation of educational communities.

Educational Interests

Our coursework sequence creates a cross-disciplinary platform leading to a research focus. Students have the opportunity to explore an array of educational interests, including:

  • Multicultural Education
  • Linguistically Diverse Populations
  • Technology
  • Organization and Leadership
  • Learning and Instruction
Superintendent Certification

The coursework required for the Ed.D. in Ethical Leadership program prepares students to take the Superintendent Certification test. This certification allows students to assume senior administrative positions in educational settings and related organizations or agencies. Once students complete the required coursework and 160 on-site clock hours, they will be able to sit for the exam.

Degree Requirements

The Ed.D. program is 54 credit hours. In addition to successfully completing required coursework, students must also take part in a residency program and present a dissertation that addresses a current challenge in education.

Admission Requirements

The program admits once per year in the summer semester. Admission decisions are based on a combination of your graduate school GPA, professional recommendations, written essays and an interview with the admissions committee.  See a complete list of admission requirements.

Next Start: Summer 2018

Early Action Deadline: December 31, 2017

  • Application and all required documents must be received by the Early Action Deadline and will be reviewed by January 31, 2018
  • Applicants not accepted will be considered with Priority Deadline Applicants 
Priority Deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Application and all required documents must be received by this date and will be reviewed by April 30, 2018
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