Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Leadership Ed.D: At a Glance


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


IDEPEL contains three years of coursework and one year of dissertation study.

Start Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer



Credits & Concentrations

An additional six years of dissertation study is available beyond the first four years. The maximum possible length of the program is ten years. Students can apply for leaves of absence in relation to professional, personal, or financial situations. IDEPEL requires 48 credits of coursework and a minimum of 12 credits of dissertation study. If dissertation research extends beyond the fourth year, then an additional three credits are required for each semester, excluding the semester in which the dissertation is successfully defended.


  • Basic (K-12) Education
  • Higher Education


9 credits per semester


6 credits or less per semester

Tuition & Fees

$870/credit (2017-2018)

Average Class Size

20 students or less

Average Work Experience

The average student in the program ranges from early career (0-2 years of experience) to advanced career (10+ years).


While most of our graduate students commute, there are resources available for those interested in living on-campus, or in near-by off-campus housing. For more information, please visit The Office of Adult Student Life.

Jobs in Educational Leadership

Our graduates work in the following areas:


K-12 Education

  • Assistant Principals in the Coatesville Area School District
  • Dean of Students, Overbrook Educational Center, School District of Philadelphia
  • Associate Director of College Counseling at Westtown School
  • Assistant Principal of Reiffton School at the Exeter Township School District
  • Chair, Modern Language Department, Spanish Instructor, and Internal Coordinator, Middle States Accreditation at the St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School.
  • School Counselor of Henderson High School at the West Chester Area School District
  • Supervisor of Equity and Assessment, West Chester Area School District
  • Principal of Adventure Hall on Chester Community Charter School’s West Campus
  • Math and Science Curriculum Supervisor, Kennett Consolidated School District
  • Principal, Bridgeport Elementary School
  • Director of Information Technology, Radnor Township School District
  • Education Director, Green Tree Education and Services
  • Math and Reading Remediation Specialist, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit
  • Director of Curriculum, Educational Programs and Assessment, Hatboro-Horsham School District
  • Assistant Principal, Haverford High School
  • Math Lead at The U School
  • School Counselor, Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, School District of Philadelphia
  • Principal at the Discovery Charter School

Higher Education

  • Assistant Professor, Fox School of Business, Temple University
  • Director of Admissions and Graduate Studies at the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania
  • Saudi Ministry of Education
  • President, PA Deans' Forum, Director of Accreditation, Certification & Partnerships, Saint Joseph's University
  • Executive Director, University Housing, Drexel University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Education and Counseling, Villanova University
  • Assistant Vice-President, Student Life, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Associate Program Director, New Teacher Center
  • Director of Teacher Certification Programs, Drexel University
  • Assistant Professor, Special Education, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Vice President of Operations, American Risk Reduction Systems
  • Owner and Director of Tribe Training and Wellness, and Affiliate Professor, Athletic Training Education, Neumann University
  • Director of Assessment and Accreditation Services, Saint Joseph's University
  • Director of Academic Support for Student-Athletes, La Salle University


Graduate assistantships

Graduate assistantships are offered on a limited basis. Please contact the program director for availability at Hawk Central.

Support for Veteran Students

SJU is a yellow ribbon school that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Service can help you access and understand the benefits available to you and will support you during your educational career at SJU.

Adult Student Life

SJU’s Office of Adult Student Life provides programming, advocacy and support services for graduate students. For more information, please visit The Office of Adult Student Life.