Ed.D. in Education

The School of Education at Iowa State University offers an Ed.D. in Education with an emphasis in:

  1. P-12 systems-level leadership (inclusive of recommendation for licensure as a superintendent)
  2. Community college leadership

This new program, approved by the Iowa Board of Regents on November 16, 2018, is designed to prepare transformational equity-focused leaders for education systems across the P-20 continuum. Students who complete the program are prepared to work as leaders in school districts, community colleges, state departments of education, Area Education Agencies, and a variety of other educational and youth development agencies.

The inaugural cohort will start Fall 2019. New cohorts will start every two years. To best meet the needs of students, cohorts will be capped at 24 students, 12 per emphasis. 

The program is cohort-based, three-years in length (including two summers; total of eight semesters), and culminates in a dissertation demonstrating the use of critical inquiry to address a complex problem of practice. In addition to emphasis specific coursework and experiences, all students take a core curriculum that develops student understanding of the scope, substance, and inter-relationship of the P-20 schooling continuum. The cohort model aims to stimulate a shared learning experience among students, fostering the development of professional networks and encouraging dialogue among emerging leaders across the educational system. To best meet the needs of working professionals, the program is delivered in hybrid formats that mix face-to-face learning with videostreaming and online delivery methods.

The program is a total of 54 credits. Because the program is designed as a cohesive, cohort-based experience, no transfer credits are accepted.