Sacred Heart University

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership


5151 Park Ave.

Fairfield, CT 06825

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Format: Online

Program Description:

Lead your school, district or organization boldly with a whole child perspective.

Teacher reading to students in classroomAttain the highest level of educational leadership while developing your social, emotional, and academic leadership (SEAL) skills to comprehensively lead organizations from a whole child perspective, as well as effectively and ethically lead your faculty and staff. 

Earn Your Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership 

The Ed.D in Educational Leadership is ideal for school leaders, including those individuals who hold the Connecticut Intermediate Administrator license (or its equivalent from other states), such as principals or superintendents. The program is also ideal for mid-career educators who are serving in teacher leadership roles such as teacher leader, curriculum coordinator and instructional coach.  

Through this online, practice-focused program, you'll be prepared to: 

  • Expand your knowledge of pedagogy and leadership principles as related to social, emotional and academic leadership (SEAL); 
  • Become a practitioner and advocate for the application of social and emotional learning programs in response to the challenges and opportunities associated with contemporary K-12 education;
  • Deepen your knowledge and appreciation of the political, economic, and social forces that influence the decisions of educational leaders.

Become a holistic educational leader

Upon graduation from Sacred Heart University, you’ll be prepared to advance your career in education. Many educational leadership roles are enhanced by, or even now require, the doctoral degree, to include positions such as superintendent of schools, principal, district curriculum leader, teacher leader, and special education director, among others.  

You’ll also be prepared for employment in other industries, such as state or federal government policy research, and non-governmental or philanthropic organizations. 

A practical, applied degree program 

Through your required courses, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become a highly effective educational leader, with an emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning, Trauma-sensitive schools and classrooms, and moral leadership. The Research Core is a set of classes designed for you to be able to gain the skills necessary to successfully complete a Dissertation in Practice during the third year of the program.  

The Dissertation in Practice is a scholarly work that addresses a complex problem of practice. Defined, a complex problem of practice is a persistent, contextualized and specific issue embedded in the work of a professional practitioner which, if addressed, will result in improved student experiences and outcomes.


Sacred Heart University has been granted institutional accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges. Additionally, Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International).

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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