Grand Canyon University

Ed.D in Organizational Leadership: K-12 Leadership (Quantitative Research)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ed.D in Organizational Leadership: K-12 Leadership (Quantitative Research)

Format: Online

Program Description:

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

If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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