Thank you for your interest in the University of Missouri’s EdD in Educational Leadership. We have submitted our proposal for the redesigned program and it is moving through the different levels of review. Once we have the approvals we need (likely in early 2021), we will then update this page with more information about program structure (e.g., 100% online), curriculum, admissions requirements, application process, and more. If you would like to be included on our contact list, please contact Dr. Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston (

Learning Objectives

The emphasis of the educational doctorate program is on developing effective, thoughtful and reflective practitioners who are competent in identifying and solving complex problems of practice in educational settings. As a program dedicated to the development of these scholarly practitioners, graduates will know:

  • Foundational and current theories and perspectives in leadership theory and practice, organizational analysis, educational policy, and content and context of learning;
  • The importance of being responsive to issues of social justice including power, privilege and difference;
  • How to identify and analyze problems of practice;
  • The value of reflective practice;
  • Theories and research behind teams and group dynamics.

In addition to developing knowledge that is informed by theory and empirical research, content themes are integrated with practice emphasizing real-time application in the work setting so that graduates will be able to:

  • Provide effective leadership to their respective organizations;
  • Work collaboratively to achieve organizational goals with a diverse set of stakeholders;
  • Address problems of practice through the use of data, both pre-existing and by using data collection methods of their own;
  • Engage in reflective practice in order to implement change in their professional practice and within their organizations;
  • Respond to issues of social justice within their organizations and communities.