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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. in Ethical Leadership program is a three-year program designed to accommodate working adults in K-12, higher education institutions, and education related non-profits. 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

EdD - Annual Leadership Summit MagazineOur coursework sequence creates a cross-disciplinary platform leading to a research focus. Students have the opportunity to explore an array of educational interests. Select LEARN MORE below to read our student’s proposal titles, topics and research interests presented at our Annual Leadership Summit. 

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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.

Next Start: Summer 2019

Early Action Deadline: December 31, 2018

  • Application and all required documents must be received by the Early Action Deadline and will be reviewed by January 31, 2019.
  • Applicants not accepted will be considered with Priority Deadline Applicants.
Priority Deadline: March 1, 2019