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The College of St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) program is designed to support current and aspiring leaders in recognizing inequities in their professional settings and create a plan of action to address them. The Inclusive environment will stimulate the best development of innovative thinking to solve today’s complex social problems.

We welcome and invite students from different professional experiences, social organizations and diverse backgrounds to join us in this intentionally intersectional program. Starting with the first course, students will work with others who care about creating change, equity and social justice and have a commitment to improving the lives of individuals, innovating within organizations and transforming communities. leadership development and innovative organizational strategies.

The program is grounded in and informed by the Stender School of Leadership, Business and Professional Studies’ conceptual framework centered around ‘Leaders and Learners’ and is aligned with the College’s Benedictine values. Innovation, critical reflection and continuous improvement are embedded in the program.

Fast Facts

  • Grounded in change leadership, social justice and equity
  • Designed for leaders across industries such as education, healthcare, government and social work
  • Cohort model providing a dedicated learning community to meet the needs of professional adult learners
  • Online format with limited annual residency and live synchronous sessions to provide opportunities for student engagement
  • Optional international experience opportunities
  • Concurrent dissertation model
  • 60 total credits, including 12 credits of program concentration electives
  • Complete in four years
  • Program begins in June; priority application deadline is March 15

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Degree Details


Tuition: $46,500/full program* ($775/credit)

* Tuition rates are for the 2023-24 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change. View 2022-23 rates.

Program Overview

Problem of Practice (Dissertation in Practice) Starts Early with Faculty Support

From the onset, students will identify a problem of practice in their professional setting that becomes the foundation for the final capstone project.

Students will be in a supportive learning community with dedicated faculty to begin working through the capstone project and ensures that students are working on problems that matter to them and their communities. This support will ensure you finish the program and earn your degree on time.

International Experience Option

We believe international experiences provide unique and compelling opportunities for aspiring leaders. These experiences allow for growth, learning and enhance an individual’s knowledge, skills and understanding of different cultures. The international experiences will be designed with graduate students in mind and will also be offered in collaboration with other college education abroad trips.

Cohort Model and Program Advisor

Online learning isn’t independent learning at St. Scholastica. You will become part of a special learning community that will ensure your success. With our cohort model you’ll move through the program with the same group of colleagues. You will also have support from the very beginning of the program from a dedicated advisor and faculty.

Excellent Online Education

We are not new to online learning and we know how to do it well. St. Scholastica’s education programs have a long history of offering programs in innovative ways that engage students and support their learning. Our philosophy is that “online learning should not mean you are alone.”

The same faculty that developed our nationally-recognized Master of Education program designed the new online Ed.D. program.


Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Experiential Learning

To assist doctoral students in meeting their professional and personal goals, the program has designed an experiential learning course that allows students to create a flexible individualized experience where they can apply the effective strategies learned in the program.

  • Serve as a teaching assistant in a college course to improve your skills at a new level
  • Work closely with a respected leader who can serve as a mentor
  • Support the efforts of a grant writing office as you learn new skills for fundraising
  • Intern at a social service agency to learn more about effective strategies for improving the lives of clients

Accreditation and Memberships

AAQEP logoThe Teacher Education program at the College of St. Scholastica is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) for a period of 7 years, from July 2019 to July 2026. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the Educator Preparation Program offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

PART I: Publicly Available Program Performance and Candidate Achievement Data

Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

The fully accredited Teacher Education Program is assessed according to the requirements and standards of the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). The teacher education program has full continuing unit and program approval through June 30, 2024.

Consortium Member

The College of St. Scholastica is a proud member of The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). St. Scholastica was invited to join a select group of colleges and universities committed to an EdD that prepares the next generation of national and international education leaders.

2021 CPED Consortium Member

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadlines

Applications will continue to be accepted until the program is filled.

Start term: Summer
Application priority deadline: March 15


The following requirements must be met in order for an applicant to be considered for admittance into the program:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 2 professional recommendations
  • Personal essay
  • Resume or CV
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of professional work experience preferred

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.


Please order the following official transcripts:

  • Bachelor’s degree transcript showing degree conferred
  • Master’s degree transcript showing degree conferred
  • Any additional college transcripts
  • International transcripts: Please see the International Admissions page for additional requirements

Transcripts must be received on or before the application deadline. Order early in the application process!

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The College of St. Scholastica
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Duluth, MN 55811

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.