Educational Leadership, EdD

Central to Leading Future Educators.

Central’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program gives you the skills to become an innovative and influential educational leader. The EdD program is specifically designed to fit in the busy and demanding schedules of full-time educational professionals.

Program Features

  •  Starts every summer
  • Pre K-12 cohorts start every year
  • Higher Education cohorts are every other year
  • 63-credit program
  • Attend part-time
  • Cohort approach that promotes a collaborative and supportive learning community
  • Classes offered evenings, winters, and summers on-campus and online
  • Financial aid may be available

Program Options

With specializations available in student affairs or organizational learning and innovation, our program develops leaders who:

  • Create collaborative learning communities
  • Promote individual and organizational learning
  • Create cultures of success connected to diverse historical, cultural, community, and political contexts
  • Support and advance learning with technology
  • Use research analytics to inform change, determine best practice, and improve teaching and learning

Our innovative program integrates coursework in leadership, learning, and research with field studies grounded in authentic inquiry. Specializations in administrative leadership or curriculum and literacy.

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Sheldon Watson
Associate Professor
Educational Leadership & Instructional Technology

Did You Know?

In May 2020, the annual mean wage for education administrators in Connecticut was $131,000.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Effective educational leaders demonstrate an ethical and moral commitment to collaborative work that promotes positive learning for all members of the organization.
  2. Effective educational leaders understand teaching and learning is at the heart of the organization and demonstrate the ability to foster best practice.
  3. Effective educational leaders connect the immediate work of organizational improvement to the larger philosophical, political, and historical context, and the organization’s mission
  4. Effective educational leaders establish a commitment to social justice through their work and act in ways that promote social justice in their organization
  5. Effective educational leaders utilize evolving technologies to improve organizations, enhance learning, and build institutional identity.
  6. Effective educational leaders foster continuous organizational improvement grounded in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and application of data.
  7. Effective educational leaders locate, interpret, and assess relevant educational research and apply it to both practice and the design and conduct of research.