Advance your higher education career with an affordable Ed.D.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership and Learning – Higher Education Leadership specialization is designed to meet your unique professional needs within an increasingly diverse world. 

Enjoy Flexibility – 20 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – Online courses
Affordable Monthly Payments – Opt to pay $395 per month
Focus On Your Passion – You’re in control of the dissertation process

Together we will examine leadership theories and strategies that will help you effectively manage and strengthen a higher education community. Learn best practices for leadership behavior, student affairs and development, project management, accreditation and more. Explore critical higher education historical and legal issues and investigate the main components of governance within higher education institutions.

The EdD – Higher Education degree is centered around 3 elements:

  • Collaborative and ethical leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Reflective scholarship

Through practical, real-world applications, learners will gain adeptness with leading college and university administrators and faculty to create cultures that promote student success.

Inside: EDD830 Leadership Theory

Is Ed.D. – Higher Education Leadership for you?

Individuals seeking greater knowledge and skills in accreditation policies and practices for higher education settings, strategies for developing scholarship and inclusive governance, historical and legal perspectives, and financial management of those environments would benefit most from this doctoral degree emphasis.

We understand trying to fit education into an already busy schedule. We created interactive, flexible, facilitated, online courses designed to fit around your lifestyle.

This program is not designed as a teacher certification program, and different states and municipalities often have specific requirements concerning different degree programs. Depending on your goals for this program, please check with your local and state regulatory requirements for program acceptance.

Benefits of a Doctor of Education

  • Continue professional development
  • Grow your educational philosophy
  • Pursue senior roles
  • Familiarize yourself with new technology tools

What is the dissertation process?

The dissertation is the final step of a doctoral program and culmination of a student’s doctoral studies. The dissertation is a written document that summarizes a completed research study that is grounded in theory and is methodologically sound. 

View the Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning Handbook

For more information about the program, see the Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • Resume – A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of Goals – A statement of your goals reflecting the academic, professional, and personal goals you would like to achieve through your work with Aspen University. Your goals statement will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee as part of the application process. The statement of goals should be between 300 – 500 words.
  • Master’s Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred master’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)