Education

Educational Leadership

PhD in Educational Studies, Low-Residency

Improve school and district learning outcomes.

Educational leadership involves creative intelligence, an understanding of the disciplines that influence education, and systems thinking. In this PhD program, you’ll learn to use your new knowledge, as well as strategic planning, to initiate, facilitate, support, and sustain school- and district-wide improvement. You’ll learn and grow as an educational leader with vision and the skills to put that vision into action.

At Lesley, our goal is to inspire the imagination, courage, and persistence to improve teaching, learning, and leading.

Expand your understanding of the change process. You’ll gain new insights into the role of education in a democratic society, and schools as systems. Examine the forces that shape school conditions and the factors that influence how leaders function in schools. Study models of school change and how technology can be used for innovation. You’ll take courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods that will prepare you for writing your doctoral dissertation. 

This doctoral program is appropriate for traditional leaders, such as superintendents and principals, and others, such as instructional coaches or department heads.

At this time, residents of Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Oregon are not eligible to enroll in our low-residency PhD programs. All others may apply.

Program Structure

Low-residency PhD program

45 Credits
Professor leading a group of ph.d students
Dissertation

After completing 36 credits of your required coursework and receiving doctoral committee approval for your qualifying paper you’ll then advance to year three. In year three, you will take the final 9 credits, which are devoted to helping you write your dissertation proposal and dissertation. The program of study concludes with a public defense of your dissertation, doctoral committee approval, and graduation. 

Outcomes
Our PhD in Educational Leadership program prepares you to:

Stephen Gould
Educational Studies
Dr. Stephen Gould
Steve is director of the Educational Leadership PhD program. He has over 30 years of experience as an assistant superintendent, principal, and teacher, and served on the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association for over 10 years. His expertise includes leadership development, organizational development, team building, strategic planning, and executive coaching.
Careers
Where You'll Work
Graduates of our PhD program are prepared for rewarding careers in a range of settings, including:
PhD in Educational Studies Programs

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this PhD degree program.
Educational Leadership
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 45
    $43,875
  • Fees
    PhD Matriculation Fees
    $8,970
    Residency Fees
    $1,050
    Registration Fees
    $360
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Total approximate cost for this PhD degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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