Become a Transformative K-12 Leader
Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership program helps develop students’ ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-performing entities that allow organizational employees and followers to grow and develop to their full potential. Students will study the major bodies of literature in leadership, reflect critically on existing theory and identify appropriate applications of theory in education, business and other organizational cultures. Students will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistical and research methodologies, as well as employ quantitative methodology to design, collect and analyze information in alignment with conducting a scholarly dissertation.
This program of study is consistent with GCU’s mission to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders. Graduates who earn this EdD degree will advance the study of leadership within the field of K-12 education with an in-depth, research-based approach to facilitate the leadership abilities and role as a strategic professional.
Specialize in a Quantitative EdD in Educational Leadership
GCU’s quantitative K-12 Leadership EdD program focuses on examining and analyzing events through numeric data, while GCU’s qualitative program focuses on personally examining events to better understand an observed phenomenon. This quantitative program teaches students how to develop expertise in the creation of a sampling plan and in the collection of data.
Learn to Navigate the K-12 Education Landscape
Students pursuing their quantitative EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership are taught by education experts within GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies. In this program, students will examine the political landscape and ethics surrounding K-12 education, learn the key components of quantitative research designs, develop their skills as academic researchers, interact with statistical tests and statistical analysis software in the context of designing a quantitative research study, explore the concept of synthesizing the scholarly literature to identify problems that emerge to form a researchable topic of study and more.
To graduate from this program, students must take a minimum of 60 credits and pass courses including:
- Ethical dilemmas and stewardship
- History and politics of K-12 education
- Trends and issues in K-12 education
- Strategic planning and change
- Leading across cultures
- Strategic planning in K-12 education
- Quantitative data collection and statistical mechanics
Careers for an Educational Leadership EdD Graduate
Earning your EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership is a great way to strengthen your skillset and become a more effective K-12 instructor. Program graduates often go on to pursue opportunities in high school administration and consulting. Other positions graduates can consider include:
- Curriculum director
- School counselor
- Educational agency administrator
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.