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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 educational leaders who are capable of envisioning, creating, and sustaining powerful learning communities that share purpose, develop leadership, and work toward continuous improvement.

Program Overview

Program Length / Units + Dissertation Units

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

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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 from around the globe who serve and/or aspire to serve in dynamic leadership roles at school sites, district and county offices of education, colleges and universities, and educational businesses in the public and private sectors. 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