Ed.D. in Education & Leadership

Ed.D. in Education & Leadership

The Doctorate of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Education and Leadership at Rockhurst University prepares graduates for careers as faculty and administrators in higher education. There are two concentration areas within the Ed.D. program: Healthcare Education or Higher Education.

Doctorate of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Education and Leadership

Campus and Online Courses

Advance your career through a doctorate in educational leadership. Rockhurst’s Ed.D. in Education and Leadership is grounded in social justice and inclusion, academic excellence, as well as care for the whole person. Evening and online classes are offered to accommodate work or teaching schedules. A cohort-based program established at a Jesuit university provides a distinctive approach to developing future higher education leaders and health care education faculty equipped to face the challenges of today’s accelerated rate of change in higher education.

Our graduates are leaders in learning and service.

Learning Outcomes

Ed.D. students will enhance competencies through the program via the following learning outcomes:

  • Apply knowledge of course design, active learning pedagogies and assessment of learning in higher education classroom-based and online learning environments
  • Investigate the historical and legal context for higher education
  • Design program assessment plans aligned with accreditation processes that impact higher education institutions
  • Prepare for faculty roles and responsibilities in diverse higher education contexts
  • Demonstrate discipline-based knowledge and skills in education and leadership
  • Demonstrate applied research skills and ethical conduct of research

Course Map

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Students complete their coursework as a cohort over a two-year period. Classes are offered one evening per week on campus or online. Our doctoral program in education includes 45 credit hours:

  • 12 credit hours of research methods
  • 15 credit hours of core requirements
  • 12 credit hours of elective courses
  • 6 credit hours of research capstone


Doctorate of Education degree students are required to have a minimum of 78 total graduate hours beyond a bachelor’s degree. Students who have not completed at least 33 credit hours of post-undergraduate coursework prior to admission will take additional elective courses at Rockhurst to meet the total hours.

Ed.D. Program Experiences

The capstone research experience involves the design and completion of an individual project within the concentration area. Students engage in the collection and analysis of data and preparation of a scholarly research article that includes a literature review, explanation of methodology, findings, as well as implications and recommendations. A formal poster and presentation of this project is the final step in the program.

Doctoral candidates can choose to enroll in a College Teaching Practicum designed to create a genuine teaching and learning experience. Students work closely with a higher education faculty member assigned as a mentor to a guided experience with all aspects of college teaching. Elective course options are offered in the School of Education, the College of Health and Human Services, and the Helzberg School of Management.

Doctorate in Education Outcomes

There is a need for highly qualified and well-trained practitioners to formally transfer their experience and knowledge onto new generations of future professionals through teaching and leadership at the post-secondary education level.

This Doctor of Education degree prepares graduates for careers as faculty in health care education fields such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology.

Graduates in the higher education leadership concentration are prepared for higher education faculty jobs or administrative roles in fields like admissions and enrollment management, student services, career counseling, advising, athletics, fundraising and academic leadership such as department chair, dean, or provost/chief academic officer.

Contact Us

For questions, please contact Rebecca Meeker, Graduate Admissions Coordinator for the College of Arts & Sciences.

rebecca.meeker@rockhurst.edu
816-501-4097