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The College of St. Scholastica

The College of St. Scholastica announces the launch of an online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) program. The program is designed to meet the needs of professionals who work in a variety of social sectors.

The EdD program welcomes and seeks current and aspiring leaders in education, healthcare, government, social work and others who would benefit from high impact leadership and change practices. The program will focus on service, social justice and equity to support the lives of individuals innovating and transforming within organizations.

“St. Scholastica and the School of Education believe strongly in the promise of inclusive educational environments,” said Chery Lucarelli, PhD, graduate education studies chair. “This program fully supports that ideal”.

Dr. Lucarelli, who also serves as the program director, shared “The College of St. Scholastica has been a leader in online education for many years and is well-positioned to offer an enhanced level of programming that is specifically designed to guide and support current and aspiring leaders to make a difference in their professional communities.”

Students will develop and employ evidence-based and innovative solutions in their field, pursue partnerships with peers and communities that advance equity and act to address complex issues within social and educational systems. Additionally, students will develop leadership consistent with the goal of advancing social justice in their spheres of influence.

Brenda Fisher, Ed.D., Dean of School of Education, said “The EdD is a response to the need for leadership that focuses on innovation, collaboration and social justice from multiple perspectives – education, government, healthcare, social work and the nonprofit sector.”

The 60-credit program will include annual residencies on the Duluth campus with the inaugural cohort of students beginning in summer 2021.

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St. Scholastica is a 109-year-old private, independent college founded in the Catholic Benedictine tradition. It is nationally recognized for quality and value. It has been named the top Minnesota college for economic mobility, and U.S. News & World Report includes it on its Best National Universities and Top Performers on Social Mobility lists. The College is ranked on Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for your Money” list, Princeton Review’s 2020 list of Best Midwestern Colleges, and Forbes’ Top Colleges list. The Center for First-Generation Student Success has named St. Scholastica one of the top 80 colleges in the country for commitment to first-generation students. Learn more at