Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Description and Outcomes

The objective of the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) program is to help you pursue leadership positions in educational organizations.This Ed.D. degree program will prepare you to strategically manage and lead complex educational organizations in the areas of budgeting, teacher management and operations. The curriculum is designed to address this through a portfolio of practical, resume-building projects that satisfy your intellectual curiosity and help build the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make sound business and management decisions. Beyond these practical skills, the program is also designed to foster thought leadership, innovation, and corporate social responsibility in a global context.

The mission of the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree program is to prepare students and professionals to become effective leaders who value diversity and academic integrity and have the competencies essential for shaping the future within complex educational environments. The program promotes a commitment to fostering innovation, collaboration, scholarship, and service. Throughout the program students will be educated in the concepts, knowledge and skills necessary to make valuable contributions to the field of education and society.

This Ed.D. degree program will prepare you to become an educational leader who will strategically manage and lead complex educational organizations. It will prepare you to become an educational practitioner who demonstrates analytical, critical, and innovative thinking to improve the performance of educational institutions. You will be able to: a) conduct research to evaluate and improve organizational processes, b) provide instructional leadership to support and enhance the educational process, c) impact the processes in educational decision making, and d) manage the educational organization effectively. An important part of the Ed.D. degree program is the successful completion and oral defense of a doctoral dissertation that adds new information to the body of educational leadership knowledge. To ensure the quality, the program’s curriculum is designed to develop the student’s ability to create original solutions to complex issues and to apply the most appropriate research method for addressing these issues.

Program Length

The Ed.D. program requires a total of 90 quarter credits. The credits are allocated as follows: 63 quarter credits consist of 10 courses of 6 quarter credits each and one course of 3 quarter credits and 27 quarter credits for dissertation courses.

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare highly experienced professionals for teaching and research positions or for advanced research positions in consulting, government or industry.
  • Apply knowledge related to fundamental business processes to make effective business decisions in a global context.
  • Integrate business knowledge to take well-reasoned action in diverse situations
  • Innovate to address business issues and opportunities in dynamic environments.
  • Demonstrate the leadership necessary to accomplish business goals and maximize organizational performance.
  • Evaluate the ethical and social implications of business decisions in a global context.

Admissions Requirements

You must meet the admissions requirements in addition to Innovation University of Silicon Valley' general requirements.

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is open to those who have earned an equivalent of a Master’s Degree in a business discipline from accredited universities and whose graduate academic records, scores on the required standardized examination, and prior work experience indicate that they have the capability to complete the program. Admission is reviewed by the Ed. D. Admissions Committee. The Ed. D. Admissions Committee reviews all applications. The required and preferred criteria are:

  • Completed Application
  • Earned Master’s Degree in a business discipline from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • In addition to the degree requirement above, applicants must have completed a minimum of 18 hours in business courses (undergraduate and graduate courses count in the 18-hour requirement).
  • A GPA in upper division and graduate study of 3.0 or above.
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the three GRE tests, taken within the last five years.
  • A minimum of four years of professional experience and educational preferred, including significant management experience.
  • For those required to take the TOEFL exam, a minimum score of 600.
  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Selection is based on high promise of success in graduate study in business administration, as indicated by a combination of:
  • Prior academic performance;
  • Prior work experience in education;
  • Three confidential recommendation forms attesting to the leadership ability and scholarship of the candidate;
  • A professional résumé


Course Course Name Units
Quarter 1

BUS 701

Public Policy


BUS 703

Talent Management


Quarter 2

BUS 704

Strategic Management Concepts and Cases


BUS 706

Research Methods


Quarter 3

BUS 708

The Legal Environment and Business Law


BUS 804

Corporate Social Responsibility


Quarter 4

BUS 805

Entrepreneurial Leadership


BUS 809

Organizational Culture and Leadership


Quarter 5

ED 801

Learning and Cognition in Education


ED 802

Classroom Management


Quarter 6

Quarter 6

Education Leadership


ED 900

  • Dissertation Design and Implementation
  • Dissertation in Progress
  • Dissertation Completion & Defense


Cost of Instruction

The table below is an estimate of the cost of instruction for the EdD degree based on normal time for completion of 5 years (20 Quarters).

Degree Program Doctorate of Educational Leadership

Application Fee (Non Refundable)


Total Tuition for poor students, including scholarship


Books and Learning Materials


Supplies and Kits




International Transcript Evaluation Fee


Certified Translation


STRF Fee (California residents only)


Assessment Fees for Transfer of Credit


Fee for Transfer of Credit


TOEFL or IELTS Testing Fees


Library fees (Library Cards or Use Fees)

$3/year ****

Commencement fee (when student files graduation request).


*Cost of books based on Amazon listed cost of the book

**The cost of evaluating international transcripts will vary due to the number of course and degrees that need to be evaluated. Certified Translation cost will vary due to the number of pages that must be translated.

***The total charges do not include the cost of International Transcript Evaluation Fees, Certified Translation Fees and Fee for Transfer of Credit.

**** Paid to library directly