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EdD in Educational Leadership

PhD in educational leadership and doctorate in educational leadership - Pepperdine GSEP

Creating a Better Educational Future

The ELAP program prepares leaders in public & private (K-12) education to create and sustain powerful learning communities. This program offers dynamic curriculum focusing on action research, continuous improvement and developing culture.

Program Overview

Program Length / Units + Dissertation Units

3.5 years average / 51 EdD units / (2 units per term until completion of dissertation

Unit Cost


Start Terms

Fall, Spring

Campus Location

West Los Angeles / Online Hybrid Program (Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.)

Designed for educational leaders in public & private (K-12) education from around the globe who serve and/or aspire to serve in dynamic leadership roles at school sites, district and county offices of education. Its 60/40 hybrid learning format engages students in both face-to-face and online learning environments. Face-to-face meetings are held in four-day intense sessions five times over each academic year; online learning engages students in innovative and dynamic learning in between the face-to-face sessions. Weekend sessions are held at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.

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Program Benefits

  • Allows students to continue full-time work while engaged in study
  • Hybrid blended format delivers course work via 60 percent face-to-face interaction and 40 percent online instruction
  • Required trip to Washington, DC, or a similar venue to experience policy development at the federal, state, or local level
  • Nationally recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with extensive educational leadership experience
  • Faculty mentors dedicated to students' academic and professional success
  • Emphasis on the development of ethical and culturally proficient personal leadership
  • Development of inquiry/practitioner research knowledge and skills
  • Cohort model designed for peer support and professional relationship development
  • Career Services Center dedicated exclusively to the field of education to support students' professional advancement
  • Writing Support Center offers writing seminars and APA workshops, as well as individual review and guidance on writing papers and dissertation manuscripts
  • Extensive alumni network comprising more than 20,000 members