Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Program Overview 

Educational leaders face unprecedented challenges today. Reduced funding, new regulatory demands, a widening achievement gap, and an increasing diversity in learners are but a few of the problems they must address. At the same time, the potential for education to change the lives of students, their families, and their communities has never been greater. The Kalmanovitz School of Education’s (or the Saint Mary’s College) Doctorate in Educational Leadership offers a dynamic curriculum designed to develop leaders who can tackle today’s challenges with creativity, courage, and competence. Additionally graduates emerge from the program committed to advocacy and action, attentive to issues of social injustice, and dedicated to advancing leadership in underserved communities.


Educational Leadership

The EdD program consists of 51 units of coursework and 9 units of dissertation research. Coursework can be completed in three years, which is then followed by a significant applied research project aimed at transforming educational practice. Classes are offered on alternate weekends throughout the year, with longer breaks between trimesters, for a total of 18 weekends per year (Friday evenings and Saturdays). The program is organized in a cohort structure that offers group support for progress toward program completion.

A new cohort begins once a year in June.

What is Distinctive about the Saint Mary’s EdD Program? 

Students who enter the program will be:

  • Challenged by a curriculum that focuses on practice and developing competencies that are immediately transferable to the workplace
  • Guided by faculty who are accessible, supportive, and devoted to helping students reach the program’s high academic standards (Meet our faculty: Rebecca Proehl, Dean Elias, Kaetlyn Lad, Kathleen Taylor, Sawako Suzuki, and Heidimarie Rambo)
  • Supported by staff attuned to the unique needs of active professionals
  • Networked with a cohort of peers who bring diverse perspectives to an exploration of real world problems
  • Introduced to educational innovations designed to enhance student learning and skill development
  • Transformed by learning experiences that emphasize inquiry, reflection, and action