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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 3 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.

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.


Dissertation Highlights

  • Julie Smith, EdD ’16

    Countering the Narrative of Borderland Public Schooling: Voices from the Columbia Plateau

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  • Jon Pede, EdD ’15

    Morals, Values, and Ethics: Their Impact on the Decisions of the School Principal

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  • Margaret (Meg) Koch, EdD ’15

    University Supervisors and Culturally Responsive Teaching

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  • Danica Jensen Weiner, EdD ’16

    Revisioning Parental Engagement: Partnerships for Authentic Dialogue and Reform

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  • LM Alaiyo Foster, EdD ’17

    Dreaming of Bititi’s Harvest: An Exploratory Study of Afrocentric Rites of Passage as a Means of Mitigating HIV Transmission Among Adolecent Metropolitan African American Females

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  • Aaron Downs, EdD ’14

    Lived Experiences of Retired Transformative Superintendents in Oregon

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  • Sarah Crane-Simpson, EdD ’15

    Focault, Disability Studies, and Mental Health Diagnoses in Students: an Analysis of Discourse, Power, and the Social Construction of Disability

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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. 

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 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.

Program Faculty

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

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


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

Current Students

Doctoral Handbook
Dissertation Information

2017-18 Course Schedules

Cohort 11
Cohort 12
Cohort 13

Planning Worksheets

Cohort 8
Cohort 9
Cohort 10
Cohort 11

Educational Leadership

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    Educational Leadership and School Counseling is located in room 308 of Rogers Hall on the Graduate Campus.

    Educational Leadership + Administration

    School Counseling

    Fax 503-768-6085

    Chair Mollie Galloway

    Educational Leadership and School Counseling

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