Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership online

Earn your doctoral degree and become a leader in your industry.

Apply by 12/27/21
Start Class 1/10/22

Program Overview

$24,900* In-State Tuition
As few as 32 months Program Duration
60 Credit Hours
$24,900* In-State Tuition
As few as 32 months Program Duration
60 Credit Hours

Prepare for elevated roles in public, private, and charter schools as well as health and human service agencies by earning your Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership online from YSU. You will expand your expertise to apply educational management and leadership best practices in a variety of organizational settings.

Our dedicated faculty combine engaging instruction with real-world application, including clinical experience and an embedded dissertation. Develop your research knowledge and skills as you build your capacity to provide effective administrative guidance in professions such as University Faculty, Regional Leader, Director of Human Resources, and more.

This innovative online Ed.D. features a rigorous curriculum that aligns with state and national standards (ELCC, NELP, OPS, and OSS)—delivered in a dynamic learning environment designed to be flexible for working professionals. Plus, you can transfer up to 15 credit hours of post-master's coursework toward elective and required clinical hours. Become a distinguished Youngstown State University alum and earn your doctoral degree online in as few as 32 months!

Have questions or need more information about our online programs?

In this online Ed.D. program, you will learn to:

  • Collaboratively lead, design and implement a district mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities
  • Promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying ethical decisions and cultivate and enact professional norms
  • Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive district culture
  • Engage families, community, and other constituents in the work of schools and the district and to advocate for district, student and community needs
  • Develop, monitor, evaluate and manage data-informed and equitable district systems for operations, resources, and human capital management
  • Cultivate relationships, lead collaborative decision making and governance, and represent and advocate for district needs in broader policy conversations
  • Synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real district settings
  • Collaboratively lead, design and implement a district mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities
  • Promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying ethical decisions and cultivate and enact professional norms
  • Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive district culture
  • Engage families, community, and other constituents in the work of schools and the district and to advocate for district, student and community needs
  • Develop, monitor, evaluate and manage data-informed and equitable district systems for operations, resources, and human capital management
  • Cultivate relationships, lead collaborative decision making and governance, and represent and advocate for district needs in broader policy conversations
  • Synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real district settings
  • Collaboratively lead, design and implement a district mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities
  • Promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying ethical decisions and cultivate and enact professional norms
  • Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive district culture
  • Engage families, community, and other constituents in the work of schools and the district and to advocate for district, student and community needs
  • Develop, monitor, evaluate and manage data-informed and equitable district systems for operations, resources, and human capital management
  • Cultivate relationships, lead collaborative decision making and governance, and represent and advocate for district needs in broader policy conversations
  • Synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real district settings

In this online Ed.D. program, you will learn to:

  • Collaboratively lead, design and implement a district mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities
  • Promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying ethical decisions and cultivate and enact professional norms
  • Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive district culture
  • Engage families, community, and other constituents in the work of schools and the district and to advocate for district, student and community needs
  • Develop, monitor, evaluate and manage data-informed and equitable district systems for operations, resources, and human capital management
  • Cultivate relationships, lead collaborative decision making and governance, and represent and advocate for district needs in broader policy conversations
  • Synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real district settings
  • Collaboratively lead, design and implement a district mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities
  • Promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying ethical decisions and cultivate and enact professional norms
  • Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive district culture
  • Engage families, community, and other constituents in the work of schools and the district and to advocate for district, student and community needs
  • Develop, monitor, evaluate and manage data-informed and equitable district systems for operations, resources, and human capital management
  • Cultivate relationships, lead collaborative decision making and governance, and represent and advocate for district needs in broader policy conversations
  • Synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real district settings

Nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council

Graduate this online Ed.D. program prepared for a variety of elevated roles, including:

  • University Faculty
  • Professional Development Director
  • Regional Leader
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Agency Executive Director
  • Health Commissioner
  • University Faculty
  • Professional Development Director
  • Regional Leader
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Agency Executive Director
  • Health Commissioner

Have questions or need more information about our online programs?

Tuition

YSU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

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$415* Per Credit Hour
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$24,900* Total Tuition

*In-state tuition.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
In-State Out-of-State In-State Out-of-State In-State Out-of-State
Ed.D. Educational Leadership $415 $420 $1,245 $1,260 $24,900 $25,200

Additional Fees

Application: $45 (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). YSU's Federal School Code is 003145.

Contact Us

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
One University Plaza
Meshel Hall, 203
Youngstown, OH 44555

Phone: 330-941-3505
Fax: 330.941.1659
Email: [email protected]

Calendar

At YSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. View the chart below to find upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

Next Start & Application Due Dates:

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12/27/21 Next Application Deadline
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1/10/22 Start Classes
First StartsProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Spring 11/10/2212/27/211/3/221/5/221/7/222/26/22
Summer 15/16/225/2/225/9/225/11/225/13/227/3/22
Summer 27/5/226/20/226/27/226/29/227/1/228/20/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from YSU?

Admissions

YSU's online Ed.D. programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

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  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $45 application fee ($90 International). Waived for active/veteran military members or for applicants who have attended the College of Graduate Studies in the past.
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Names and contact information for 2 professional references (in online application) who have supervised the applicant in professional roles or university faculty member knowledgeable regarding the candidate's scholarly abilities
  • Submit one 750-word essay (in online application)
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (waived for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher)
  • Holistic review of work experience including professional roles, achievements, and associations, educational background, leadership, and service
  • Faculty interview may be requested if further assessment is needed

Transcripts must be mailed from the granting institution or sent electronically through a secured server vendor.

Mailing Address:

YSU College of Graduate Studies
One University Plaza
Coffelt Hall
Youngstown, OH 44555

Email Address:
[email protected]

Courses

In order to earn the Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership online, you must complete a total of 60 credit hours. Required coursework is comprised of 24 credit hours of doctoral educational leadership core, 9 credit hours of doctoral educational research core, 12 credit hours of dissertation studies, 3 credit hours of clinical experience, and 12 credit hours of electives relevant to your primary professional discipline, including leadership in public and non-public schools or health and human services.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course students will critically analyze contemporary ways of thinking about leadership. As students examine their present paradigm of leadership, they will also analyze a reconfiguration of leadership that reflects developments in the new sciences and other fields.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of current theories and research in the areas of cognition and learning, development, and motivation that underlay approaches to teaching in any context. Primary topics will include social cognition, interpersonal relationships, group processes, and intergroup relations, as well as applied issues.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will teach students how to make competent leadership decisions by applying and enforcing ethical standards with followers. Ethics is at the heart of leadership. Leaders must make every effort to make ethical decisions and foster ethical behavior among followers. In this course students will explore the ethical demands of leadership. We draw from many fields of research to help students make ethical decisions, lead with integrity, and create an ethical culture. This course is designed to increase students’ ethical competence and leadership abilities.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An explorative study of constructs and concepts of cultural diversity within groups based on notions of class, race, gender, sexual orientation, educational status, mental and physical ability, religion, ethnicity, class. Consideration for expectations and organizational practices as informed by diversity issues.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Building Organizational Culture and Community Partnerships is designed in accordance with the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) District Level Program Standards, Standard 5. Candidates in this educational leadership preparation course will learn to apply new knowledge and skills to engage families, communities, and related business partnerships to meet student and community cultural and environmental needs. An examination of the school and community culture will contribute to the essential objectives of the course.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Reviews professional literature on politics and policy making at the local, state, and federal level, including the values, institutional actors, processes, and interest groups that shape educational policy. Explores means of identifying problems, analyzing policy alternatives, and measuring policy outcomes.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Informing educational leaders about contextual issues of schools is necessary in order to understand and recognize that school reform, both at the time of its proposal and during the developmental stages of its implementation, is intended to ameliorate educational problems.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Extension of the administrator's abilities to analyze professional problems, develop leadership strategies, and exercise sound decision making. Nontraditional (nonfunctionalist) theories are stressed, with emphasis on deconstructing and purposefully framing educational issues. Case studies strengthen the application of the theories.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of major research methodologies and a preview of the different paradigms and assumptions that underlie controlled disciplined inquiries. Techniques associated with particular methodologies in educational administration will be introduced, and their strengths and weaknesses will be analyzed.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth treatment of the major correlational, experimental, and quasi-experimental research designs and associated statistical analyses, including the design and analysis of surveys and factor analytic techniques. Experience in data analysis using SPSS or other statistical packages.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Consideration of evolving and qualitative methods and literature that apply to doctoral study of problems in teaching, school leadership, and school change.
Choose one of the following courses:
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Completed in a school covered by teaching certificate or license. Second administrative clinical experience designed to highlight tasks. May be repeated for credit to fulfill program requirements.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Candidates for the superintendency license are required to complete four tasks from the master syllabus at the district-wide level, supervised by a school superintendent. Major components are the complete analysis of the financial structure of the candidate's school district and a system-level integrated project.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Candidates for administrative specialist licenses in areas of curriculum, instruction, and professional development or pupil services administration develop an individualized clinical plan and complete a set of tasks and an integrated project aligned with professional standards under the guidance of an appropriately licensed cooperating administrator.
Duration: 14 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Doctoral candidates, nearing the end of the dissertation process, will prepare and defend their dissertation proposal to their committee. Finally, they will prepare the final version of their dissertation for submission to the Graduate school.
Duration: 14 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Students will build candidate knowledge and skills in developing Chapter 4 of their dissertation, which includes collecting data, completing the data analysis, and writing up their findings. Writing will be broken down into manageable milestones, following the guidelines set forth in the YSU Educational Leadership Dissertation Guidelines and template.
Duration: 14 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
This course is the for Doctoral Candidates who are in the process of developing and completing Chapter 1 of their dissertation, which includes the background to the problem, problem statement, purpose statement, theoretical frame, limitation, operational definitions, methods, etc. relevant to the proposed research study. Finally, candidates will develop a presentation and defend their proposal to their committee.
Duration: 14 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Students will gain knowledge and skills in developing Chapter 5 of their dissertation, which will discuss the findings and their implications. Writing of the chapter will be broken down into manageable milestones, following the guidelines set forth by the YSU Educational Leadership Dissertation Guidelines and template.
Duration: 14 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Students will build knowledge and skills in conducting a literature review to complete Chapter 2 of their dissertation. Writing will be broken down into manageable milestones, following the guidelines set forth by the YSU Educational Leadership Dissertation Guidelines and template.
Duration: 14 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Students will build knowledge and skills in developing Chapter 3 of their dissertation. Writing of Chapter 3 will be broken down into manageable milestones, following the guidelines set forth in the YSU Educational Leadership Dissertation Guidelines and template.

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