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EdD in Educational Leadership | Pepperdine University GSEP

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy (ELAP) program prepares PreK-12 leaders in various roles to create and sustain strong learning communities.

Our EdD program is ideal for educational leaders who aspire to serve in dynamic leadership roles at public or private PreK-12 school sites and district or county offices of education.

Students learn to integrate, synthesize and apply theories and practices that support research and development of national and global policy, and advance leadership and change initiatives throughout organizations.

This cohort-based doctorate employs the practitioner-scholar model of training in which academics, experience, and research are conjoined. Through rigorous coursework and hands-on learning, students gain advanced knowledge in the theory and practice of leadership, education, policy, and many other concepts. With an emphasis on experiential learning, students have the opportunity to take two trips, one global and one domestic. This program culminates in a doctoral dissertation.


Curriculum Overview

Our ELAP program includes 51 units of coursework and a dissertation. Students experience a dynamic curriculum focused on preparing leaders with well-rounded and unparalleled leadership theory and practice courses, community engagement, policy development and implementation, and many others. There is an additional emphasis on hands-on instruction through domestic and international policy trips. Research methods and applications are accomplished through both coursework and a final dissertation. Graduates are prepared to:

  • Design and conduct research, collect and analyze data and report research findings.
  • Assess needs, develop, deliver and assess learning experiences and apply tools of appropriate technology.
  • Integrate and synthesize personal, organizational, and societal values to advance leadership and change initiatives throughout organizations.
  • Integrate, synthesize and apply theories and practices that support research and development of National and Global policy.
  • Apply Participatory Action Research (PAR) to synthesize and integrate advanced theories and practices in leading K-12 Learning Environments.

Program Benefits

Reputable Program

This Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy program and Pepperdine University as an institution are among the highest-ranked in the United States.

Values Centered

Students are empowered to make a lasting impact through GSEP's core values of academic excellence, social purpose, and meaningful service.

Quick Facts

Format: Online-Hybrid
Term: Fall
Location: West Los Angeles
Length: 3 years / 51 +2 units per term for dissertation
Tuition: $1,795 per unit

 

 

Immersion Experiences and Cohort Model

Provide opportunities to engage in meaningful community-building with peers and program leaders.

 

No GRE or Standardized Tests Required

We offer an equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to succeed rather than test scores.

 

Convenient Format

Classes are completed through in-person intensives and online sessions.

 

Nationally-Recognized Faculty

Faculty are scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, professional expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.

 

Recognized as a Top Program

Consistently a top choice for Doctorates in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy in the US according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

 

Comprehensive Curriculum

Incorporates core courses shared between all doctoral offerings, program-specific classes, and elective options to customize your learning experience.


Facts By Numbers

12:1

Student:Faculty Ratio

1

International Policy Trip

1

National Policy Trip

$10,000+

Scholarships Available

 

Take the Next Step

Reach out to us to learn more about Pepperdine's EdD in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy (Pre-K to 12) program.

Get In Touch

Fill out the Request Information form to learn more and get in contact with an Enrollment Officer.

Attend an Info Session

Experience an in-depth overview and meet program leaders.

Start Your Application

Submit the application form early to meet scholarship and enrollment deadlines. It takes less than 15 minutes.

 

Program Deadlines

MAY
31

Application Form Submit : Submit the application form. Supplemental materials are not yet required.

Jun
17

International Student Deadline: Submitted application and supplemental materials required.

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Program Details

  • This doctorate is ideal for full-time students or working professionals to take advantage of the best features of both face-to-face and online modalities. 60% of coursework is completed in-person and 40% is completed online. The online portion provides flexibility, while the classroom component offers an enhanced experience, a personalized/hands-on approach, relational interaction with peers, and increased quality of learning.

  • Robust online modules feature engaging synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.
  • Face-to-Face classes are conveniently located on our West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, close to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and just off the 405 freeway.

  • Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.
  • Small class sizes and a low faculty:student ratio provides a supportive learning environment, meaningful student-faculty interactions, and long-term professional and personal relationships.


 

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International Student Opportunities

  • This program is approved for international students perusing an F-1 or any other type of visa.
  • A dedicated Enrollment Services Officer will make your admissions process easy and comfortable with experience in supporting both international and domestic students.
  • Integration of domestic and international students across campuses. Dedicated support for international students is provided through the Office of International Student Services (OISS).
  • Opportunities to participate in university social, sporting, cultural, and spiritual events
  • Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.
  • Robust alumni network.
  • Partnerships with professional networks and conferences.

 

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Expand Your Career Possibilities

This EdD from Pepperdine provides a strong opportunity for employment growth and earning potential. As a graduate, you will be prepared to increase your earning potential and help make a lasting difference in a variety of business and organizational roles in both the public and private sectors.


 

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Tuition and Scholarships

Pepperdine GSEP generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance. ncoming GSEP students may be eligible for approximately $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.*

Total tuition $105,905
GSEP scholarships available -$10,000
Total tuition after GSEP scholarships $95,905

*GSEP scholarship amount is based on data from the 2021-2022 academic year and only includes new incoming students who received aid from Pepperdine within GSEP programs. Does not include other external forms of financial aid

Alumni and Faculty Spotlight

"What led me to Pepperdine was initially the face-to-face. I really enjoyed being able to start off by coming in every week to class and meeting with my peers and my professors, and building a camaraderie. Being able to connect with everybody, knowing that there’s such a huge diversity, I think that really exceeded my expectations." - Dr. Asia Ghazi, Alumni

 

Why Pepperdine

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools

U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW

Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities

Forbes

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Distinguished Faculty

  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.

  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.

  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.

  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.
  Passion and Purpose Driven

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

  Reputable University

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools

U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW

Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities

Forbes

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

  Distinguished Faculty

Distinguished Faculty

  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.

  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.

  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.

  Alumni Network

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.

  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.

  Student and Career Support

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.

 

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Gary Younger
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310.568.2334

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