Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Leadership Ed.D.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program is designed for both K-12 educators and individuals from fields other than education who already possess a master’s or equivalent professional degree.

The coursework is interdisciplinary and promotes a broad, theoretical understanding of topics such as contemporary curriculum; fiscal resources; human resources management; policy, politics and community relations; ethics in education; educational environments; educational planning and evaluation; communication and public relations; and administering to dynamic institutions.

Leading The American Education System Through Innovation

Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders (IDEPEL) are effective educational influencers prepared to move American education to prominence in tomorrow's world. Through an innovative partnership linking the learner, university faculty, educational administrators and community leaders, the IDEPEL program provides unique learning opportunities for students from diverse fields whose focus is on educational leadership.

Choose Your Focus in Educational Leadership: K-12 or Higher Education

The Basic Education (K-12) track is designed to equip public, private and parochial school educators with the vision, skills, and values to structure education for the 21st century. The option to incorporate the courses needed to earn a Pennsylvania Curriculum Supervisor certification or Pennsylvania Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility is available.

The Higher Education track is designed for individuals who already are or aspire to be higher education administrators or faculty. SJU's cohort-based program integrates theory, action research and practical experiences with mentoring, ongoing advisement and professional networking and mentoring opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the IDEPEL program find successful careers as educational leaders at public, parochial, and private K-12 systems, higher education institutions, industry, and nonprofit organizations.

Career Growth in Education

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Those employed as postsecondary education administrators have an annual income of about $91,000.

“I truly believe in the magis, and I seek opportunities to face some of the most challenging issues from this perspective. The Jesuit principles that I learned and internalized at SJU give me an outlook on the barriers faced in urban public education as opportunities for me to be transformative and make a difference.”