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Educational Leadership

Doctor of Education in Leadership (Ed.D.)

Program Details

Credits: 60 semester hours
Program Start Date:
Program Length:
 Approximately 4 years of part-time study (weekend, evening, and July summer classes)
Location: All classes are offered on the Lewis & Clark campus
Faculty Director
: Mollie Galloway and Sue Feldman
View the current program of study

Our innovative, cohort-based doctoral program in leadership is committed to developing extraordinary leaders committed to social justice and equity.

Our program is noted for preparing scholar-practitioners who create transformational change in their educational settings.You can use your work within the program to immediately and directly improve conditions and learning structures for K-12 students.

 Meet some of our students


Major Features of the Program

The Doctor of Education in Leadership degree has several distinctive features that build upon the graduate school’s strengths: inquiry-based degree programs and a tradition of preparing leaders as change agents.

Social Justice Focus

The mission of the program is to promote social justice and equity through K-12 education. The themes of social justice and equity run throughout the classes that constitute the Doctor of Education in Leadership Program. Read about the work doctoral program students and alumni have done to advance equity in Oregon:

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    Lewis & Clark graduate school faculty, students, and alumni—particularly those associated with the Doctor of Education in Leadership program—are playing key roles in envisioning greater equity in Oregon’s schools.

Applied Knowledge and Research

The research of degree candidates is directly applicable to conditions, programs, and/or structures in the educational settings where you work.

To achieve an effective integration of each candidate’s personal development with program goals and design, the curriculum emphasizes leadership for social justice, critical theory and pedagogy, a variety of research methods.

To read about some of the amazing things our graduates are doing, visit out Outcomes page.

Cohort Learning Community

A select group of between 10-12 degree candidates is invited into each cohort. As part of the cohort you will progress through a structured curriculum that provides opportunities to test your knowledge in the classroom as well as in work-site settings. The cohort learning community challenges and supports group and individual academic and personal development. Cohort members also serve as critical friends who test and hold each other accountable for effective application of newly learned course content.

Time to Completion

The doctoral program is designed to be completed in a minimum of three to four years. It is offered during month-long intensive summer sessions and weekend seminars during the academic year. The cohort works in small learning teams with instructor guidance and support.

Communication Technology

New developments in communication technology make it possible to use the time between formal course sessions to enhance group and individual learning. Online technology adds value to individual learning by connecting cohort members between classes and, in turn, increases the time spent in discussion and debate. Technology also enables participation for students who live or work in a district far from Lewis & Clark.

Program Faculty

  • Sue Feldman
    Assistant Professor
    Doctor of Education in Leadership
    Rogers Hall 302
  • Mollie Galloway
    Associate Professor
    Doctor of Education in Leadership
    Rogers Hall 310

For more information please contact the Educational Leadership Office at 503-768-6080 or

Applying to the Program

The Doctorate of Education in Leadership is designed for individuals whose work will impact the K-12 educational system and other organizations serving K-12 students. Generally our students are employed full-time as professionals in K-12 schools or other educational organizations. Consequently, the faculty expects students to join the program with well-articulated professional goals. All of the doctoral classes are designed to build upon the professional goals and aspirations of each student.

Program Design and Transferring Credit

The Ed.D. program consists of 60 semester hours. Up to 14 hours of post-master’s work can be applied toward this total at the time of admission. Students who do not have 14 semester hours of post-master’s coursework to transfer must meet with the Ed.D. Program Director to plan a course of study to be completed prior to admission into the doctoral program. The coursework portion of the 48-semester-hour cohort program takes two summers and four semesters (two calendar years) to be completed.

Apply Now

To find out more about the admissions process, including application requirements and transferring credit, visit the Graduate School Office of Admissions doctoral program website or contact the Admissions Office at or 503-768-6200.


For additional information on the scholarships available for doctoral students, please check the link.

Current Students

Doctoral Handbook
Dissertation Information

2015-16 Course Schedules

Cohort 10
Cohort 11

Planning Worksheets

Cohort 8
Cohort 9
Cohort 10
Cohort 11

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    Fax 503-768-6085

    Chair Mollie Galloway

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