Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Leadership Ed.D.

  • Start Terms: Each cohort starts in Fall
  • Form of Delivery: On-Campus


  • Basic (K-12) Education
  • Higher Education

Graduates of Saint Joseph's interdisciplinary doctor of education program for educational leaders (IDEPEL) are effective educational leaders marked by the vision, skills and values to move American education to prominence in tomorrow's world. Through an innovative partnership linking the learner, university faculty, practicing educational administrators and community leaders, the IDEPEL program provides unique learning opportunities for individuals from diverse fields whose focus is on educational leadership.

The doctor of education (Ed.D.) program is interdisciplinary and designed for both K-12 educators and individuals from fields other than education who already possess a master’s or equivalent professional degree.

The coursework is interdisciplinary and promotes a broad, theoretical understanding of topics such as contemporary curriculum; fiscal resources; human resources management; policy, politics and community relations; ethics in education; educational environments; educational planning and evaluation; communication and public relations; and administering to dynamic institutions.

IDEPEL offers students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in one of two areas:

  • The K-12 education track is designed to equip public, private and parochial school educators with the vision, skills, and values to structure education for the 21st century. The option to incorporate the courses needed to earn a Pennsylvania Curriculum Supervisor certification and Pennsylvania Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility  is available.
  • The Higher Education track is designed for individuals who already are or aspire to be higher education administrators or faculty. SJU's cohort-based program integrates theory, action research and practical experiences with mentoring, ongoing advisement and professional networking and mentoring opportunities.

Graduates of the IDEPEL program have found successful careers as educational leaders at public, parochial, and private K-12 systems, higher education institutions, industry, and nonprofit organizations.