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Last Day to Apply For Fall 2024 Term:
July 26, 2024

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Become a Change Agent With Marymount's Doctorate in Education Online

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Online Coursework

100% online with the flexibility to balance school and life — no travel required.

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Lead Positive Change

Lead Positive Change

Strengthen your leadership skills and create a lasting impact in your organization or community.

Student Spotlight: Jéri L. Ogden

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Jeri L. Ogden

"I've had the ability to switch careers while I was in the program. I don't think my flexibility would have been the same had I decided to attend a program that was not online."

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About the Program

Whether you want to make a difference in your organization or community, an online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation will empower you as a change agent ready to initiate and inspire. 

Aligned with best practices and insights from influential thought leaders, the online Ed.D. at Marymount University equips you to drive positive change and greater outcomes in schools, communities, government, healthcare, and public and private organizations. 

Student Spotlight

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Johnathan Harris

"I was able to work with a co-worker, who is also in the Ed.D. program, on several assignments that were immediately put into practice."

Johnathan Harris,

Ed.D. Graduate

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Dr. Pretty George

"I plan to launch my leadership methodology called SPY2, a model for future leaders to use as they bring change within their organizations."

Pretty George,

Ed.D. Graduate

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Somachi Kachikwu

"I started The Learning Box International, a virtual after-school program for children. It was magical watching children learn and share experiences."

Somachi Kachikwu,

Ed.D Student

Online Ed.D. Program Curriculum Snapshot

For a complete list of courses and course descriptions, access your comprehensive digital program guide.

This course provides an overview of the theoretical framework for the practice of leadership in organizations leading to the application of theory and best practices in your educational leadership practice. We will also focus on specific leadership topics such as strategic leadership, systems thinking, team leadership, change management and developing others. We will move back and forth between theory and practice and include opportunities for self-reflection and skill development. (3 credits)

A focus on issues and practical applications of ethical principles of leadership, which includes a review of philosophical foundations as context for consideration of ethical issues and dilemmas. Towards this end, this course will evaluate the concept of justice in organizations, and the changing demographics of our society, especially related to race and culture, gender, age, disability and socio-economic status. Emphasis will be placed on effective organizational management of diversity for social justice outcomes. (3 credits)

The ability to transform and adapt as leaders to meet the demand of an ever-changing working environment is crucial. Continual growth and personal development are imperative for leaders to be successful in our complex global economy. This course facilitates the development of self, organization and community through enactment of adult learning theory as it relates to transformational leadership values. The scope of study includes analysis of transformational leadership theory and the development and implementation of leadership and change projects. (3 credits)

This writing intensive course covers the foundations of enacting leadership content gained thus far for the purpose of locating, developing, analyzing, synthesizing and constructing a sound literature review consistent with the research on the student’s chosen research topic. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the practice of research and research design. This course provides students with opportunities to develop skills that are essential for conducting research and completing a research project with a particular focus on reviewing literature and composing a literature review paper. Students will demonstrate the ability to differentiate among alternative research viewpoints, differentiate constituent parts of the review, assess and comment on theories, thoughts, and ideas, concept proposals and relevant literature, and construct a cogent and compelling literature review. (3 credits)

Next Application Deadline:

  • July 26, 2024
    Fall 2024

Next Start Date:

  • September 3, 2024
    Fall 2024

A National Leader in Education

Influential. Historically Significant. Diverse. Located just six miles from the nation’s capital, Marymount University is positioned for you to make a lasting impact.

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Designed for Change Agents

Generate, transform and apply leadership practices that lead to actionable change.

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Dissertation in Practice (DIP)

Research and apply solutions to organizational challenges that are important to you.

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Grounded in Ethics

Learn from thought leaders and courses grounded in ethics, social justice and equity.

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Supportive & Diverse Network

Connect with well-educated faculty and a cohort of change agents across the nation.

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Quality Coursework

Learn from 1 of 135 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) universities.

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Nationally Recognized

We are nationally distinguished as a College of Distinction in Education and Business.

School of Education Faculty

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Dr. Paula Cristina Azevedo
Dr. Paula Cristina Azevedo

Assistant Professor

Dr. Azevedo is experienced in teaching, advising, research and mindfulness.

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Dr. Ruth Boyd
Dr. Ruth Boyd

Visiting Professor

Dr. Boyd has 30+ years of teaching experience and has held multiple supervisory roles.

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Dr. Jennifer Crystle
Dr. Jennifer Crystle

Assistant Professor

Dr. Crystle’s interests are global education policy, diversity, leadership and more.

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Dr. Clara Hauth
Dr. Clara Hauth

Program Director and Associate Professor

Dr. Hauth is experienced in special education, graduate instruction, teacher training and more.

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Dr. Jessica Marotta
Dr. Jessica Marotta

Associate Professor

Dr. Marotta’s research interests are leadership, assessment and preservice teacher education.

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Dr. Shannon Melideo
Dr. Shannon Melideo

Professor

Dr. Melideo is experienced in mentorship, research, administration, education and more.

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Applying our Online Ed.D. to your Career

An Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Organizational Innovation can be applied to various industries. Here are some of the careers that our students pursued and are pursuing as they earned their Ed.D. degree.

  • School Principal
  • School Superintendent
  • Business Owner
  • Nonprofit Leader
  • Leadership Coach
  • Instructional Coach
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Special Education
  • Policy Maker
  • Consulting
  • Educational Technology & Policy
  • Curriculum Specialist
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"I have never felt so included in a community of scholarship. All the faculty support you — from the very first course to the final dissertation."

Chris Valadez, Online Ed.D. Student

Discover Why Our Dissertation is Different

Faculty mentors who care and built-in program support are just the beginning. Unlike a traditional dissertation, Marymount Online Ed.D. students complete a dissertation in practice (DiP) that emphasizes applying research and theory to solve a problem of practice facing your organization or community. Click the button below to access your program brochure and learn how our dissertation and high-impact community transform leaders to make a lasting change.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Doctor of Education or Ed.D. is a terminal degree that connects academia with real-world situations. Ed.D. coursework prepares professionals to lead change across diverse settings by building a deeper understanding of teaching and learning.

An online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation equips professionals to achieve greater outcomes in schools, communities, government, healthcare, and public and private organizations. Possible leadership roles could include:

  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Curriculum Director
  • Policy Maker
  • School Superintendent 
  • Training and Development Manager

This part-time program is 100% online and requires 48 credit hours to graduate. It is possible to complete this degree in less than three years.

The online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation program costs $1,275 per credit hour, for a total tuition investment of $61,200.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. You are solely responsible to research and complete all required steps, forms and applications.

Funding can come from the federal government or private sources, such as banks or financial institutions. We encourage you to research other sources of funding such as military and veteran benefits or scholarships from organizations. Learn more about available financial aid options on our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Marymount’s online Ed.D. includes a dissertation designed to identify a relevant issue impacting your organization for the purpose of creating innovative solutions through research, theory and practice. Early in the program, you will be paired with a faculty advisor who will support and guide you through the Dissertation in Practice process. Click Here to learn more about the Marymount Ed.D. dissertation process.

A Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education are both terminal degrees that offer ample opportunities for leadership, learning and research. The main difference between an Ed.D. and a Ph.D. is in professional pursuits after graduation. An Ed.D. has practical applications that may go outside of academia. A Ph.D. has a more scholarly concentration which, more often than not, culminates in research-based studies.

There is no GRE/GMAT required. To apply, you must complete an interview with a member of the Ed.D. faculty and submit the following:

  • Transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.75 
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • A personal essay

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Complete the form to access our comprehensive program guide with more details about our:

  • Curriculum
  • World-class faculty
  • Application process
  • Unique student support

An admissions advisor will be in touch to answer your questions and help determine if Marymount is right for you.

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