EdD in Educational Leadership for Equity and Social Change

EdD in Educational Leadership for Equity and Social Change

Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Equity and Social Change Program

Leadership is a capacity — rather than a skill — one which we need now more than ever and one that develops through a longer learning process. As we find we need new ideas and approaches in the workplace, we realize that understanding leadership is necessary to move forward in the 21st century. Leadership means working with true collaboration to address problems and issues. It’s about adapting to change and working with and through relationships. Whatever your path may be, leadership will take your journey further.

Fall Term 2023 Final Deadline: July 1st

The final deadline for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Equity and Social Change program is July 1st, 2023.


Join us in our bold vision for the future

At the Kalmanovitz School of Education, we believe that education can transform lives and make a positive impact on our future and in our communities — particularly those that are underserved. Our curriculum prepares leaders who understand the causes of inequities within society and how these affect our communities, including students, parents and teachers.

Our Vision

  • Prepare leaders who stimulate the growth and development of individuals and the systems within which they work
  • Help educational institutions meet their organizational goals
  • Transform practices within institutions


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Program Duration

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Sequence of 17 courses; 3 year program duration


Learning Environment

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21 weekends/year (Wednesday evenings online and Saturdays in person)


Average Class Size

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15-18 learners per cohort

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Why an EdD in Leadership for Equity and Social Change?

Are you dedicated to social justice and helping underserved communities? The Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Equity and Social Change program at the Kalmanovitz School of Education will hone your capacity for enlightened leadership through dynamic coursework and applied action research. Our 58-unit program is challenging and highly rewarding. You will learn how to engage with others to articulate a shared vision for the common good, and then create a system to achieve that vision.

Every industry needs people with the ability to lead — whether it’s leading a team, leading a business, leading a class, or leading innovation. Leadership doesn’t fade. A degree in leadership makes you more marketable and qualified to advance your career. Our EdD graduates walk and talk with confidence. With a doctoral degree they find new doors opening.


Program Highlights

  • Supportive and inclusive cohort-based learning community
  • 58 units of coursework and dissertation can be completed in three years
  • Classes held on 21 weekends per year (Wednesday evenings online and Saturdays in person)
  • Opportunity to work with a school, agency, or nonprofit group to develop a research project that meets the needs of the organization, while learning important research skills
  • Guaranteed availability for every course, every term
  • Flexible online learning that accommodates your schedule
  • Attentive and encouraging professors
  • Content that challenges, engages, and inspires
  • Financial aid is available


Post-Graduation Success

Most learners in the Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Equity and Social Change Program already enjoy careers in their chosen professions. Our students come to us with big ideas and leave with bigger ones. They talk about being drawn to the program because of its vision and values and its supportive faculty and staff.


Our graduates are working as:

  • Educators at K-12 schools, both public and private
  • Community college instructors and counselors
  • Student services staff in four-year colleges
  • Trainers in the public sector and corporate settings
  • Community organizers and advocates for social justice


See the Work our Graduates Have Done

Early Childhood Education

K-12 Public Schools

K-12 Catholic Schools

Higher Education


Leadership in Action

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Hear from graduates of our EdD program

Alumni Stories