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Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership

Hybrid Model

Deepen your knowledge and commitment to the field of education with Cabrini’s flexible, competitively priced hybrid Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership, designed for teacher practitioners, K–12 administrators, leaders in higher education, and organizational leaders.

  • This well-established hybrid program is built on a dynamic cohort model with 8-week courses and a mix of in-person classes and online synchronous classes related to the area of concentration you choose. You’ll take all classes together, allowing for extensive networking and relationship-building with peer and faculty support.

  • Our 54-credit program emphasizes the application of theory to real-life practice, including situational learning.

  • You can complete the program in three years, take as much time as you need, or if you miss a course or need additional time to write your dissertation.

  • We offer state certifications and concentrations in several areas of leadership:


  • PK–12 Principal
  • Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Superintendent Letter of Eligibility


  • Curriculum and Instruction Leadership
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • PreK–12 School Leadership
  • District Leadership
  • Cabrini is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), whose mission is to “transform the advanced preparation of educational professionals to lead through scholarly practice for the improvement of individuals and communities.”

  • You'll begin your dissertation work from day one, and at the end of your first year, a faculty mentor will guide you to completion. 

With a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) from Cabrini—a top ranked education program provider in the state of Pennsylvania—you can take advantage of Cabrini's history of quality educational programming and commitment to the field of education and social justice.


The EdD at Cabrini requires 54 post-master’s credits, including the writing and defense of a dissertation. Most coursework is 3 credits with three dissertation seminars and 3 research courses distributed throughout the program. The curriculum prepares students to develop their dissertation proposal and embark on their dissertation research to complete the program in as little as three-four years depending on the research design of the dissertation.

Coursework combines face-to-face and online instruction from Cabrini’s expert faculty with research-based practices and theory to empower students as leaders of educational organizations to influence educational policy and practice. A cohort model, in which students take all classes together, allows for extensive networking and relationship building with peer and faculty support throughout the program. Continuous enrollment—summer, fall, and spring—is required to complete the coursework leading up to the dissertation proposal and dissertation.

The areas of coursework for all doctoral students totals 54 credits in the following areas: Foundations of Leadership, Concentration, Research, Dissertation Seminars, and Dissertation.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the doctoral program is competitive and based on several indicators of academic quality that include the potential for leadership and scholarship. Admission takes place in a two-part process.

  1. Submission of the following documents for review by the Doctor of Educational Leadership Admissions Committee:
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
    • Undergraduate Transcript/s from an accredited institution indicating a bachelor’s degree was conferred
    • Official Graduate Transcript/s from an accredited institution indicating the award of a Master of Education or master’s degree in a related field with a 3.0 GPA or higher;
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Copies of professional state certifications/teaching licenses (if applicable);
  • An aspirational/intent statement (approx. 2 pages in length) explaining the applicant’s potential for

leadership and doctoral level scholarship as related to the Cabrini mission;

  • $50 non-refundable application fee.
  1. Applicants who meet the criteria for admission after a review of the documents will be invited to complete the second part of the admission process, which includes:

An interview with the Doctor of Educational Leadership Admission Committee and their cohort applicants.

Transfer Credits

Students may be permitted to transfer up to 6 credits, acquired post-masters from accredited institutions, toward the doctoral degree pending a review of transcripts. Credits must be posted on a graduate transcript after the date of the award of the master’s degree. Transfer credit must be requested at time of admission to the program by completing this form - EdD Request for Transfer of Credits (PDF).

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available for matriculated graduate students who take a minimum of 6 credits per semester. If you plan on applying for federal financial aid, please complete your FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov and be sure to include Cabrini’s code: 003241. Graduate students at Cabrini are also required to complete a Supplemental Application, which is available on the Graduate Financial Aid webpage, cabrini.edu/GradAid.

If you have any questions, please contact financialaid@cabrini.edu or 610.902.8188.


Tuition is set at $830/credit. 

Curriculum and Concentrations

54 credits total

  • Foundations of Leadership (12 credits)
  • Choose one of the following concentrations (9 credits):
    • PK-12 District Leadership with Pennsylvania Superintendent Letter of Eligibility
    • PK-12 School Leadership with optional Pennsylvania Administrative I Certification
    • Curriculum and Instruction Leadership with optional Pennsylvania Curriculum and Instruction Supervisory certificate.
    • Higher Education Leadership
    • Educational Leadership (general, non-certificate)
  • Research (12 credits)
  • Dissertation Preparation (9 credits)
    • Dissertation Seminars and Academic Writing
  • Dissertation (12 credits)

Faculty Support

Cabrini’s expert faculty and network of experienced adjunct faculty are recognized leaders in the field. They guide our EdD program with research-based practices and theory to prepare students as leaders of educational organizations, empowered to influence educational policy and practice.

Dissertation support is a key part of Cabrini's doctoral program. Faculty will assist you develop your dissertation topic from day one.  

Key Program Contact
Alia Sheety, PhD
Professor of Education
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
School of Business, Education, and Professional Studies

Alumni Testimonials

imageptv8b.pngMy time at Cabrini was an excellent experience and opportunity. I completed Cabrini master’s and doctorate programs. Upon graduation, I felt Cabrini pushed me toward academic excellence, strengthened my leadership development, and prepared me to be an advocate for social justice and change in the field of education. I'm forever grateful and indebted to Cabrini University for affording me the tools to "Live with Purpose!”

—Ism’il Ar-Rahman Lamarr, EdD (MS’17, EdD’21)


The professors and administrators of the EdD program promoted personal and professional growth, while fostering an atmosphere of excellence and inclusion. Our cohort built and continues to maintain a support network of friendships beyond the classroom.

—Kathleen DiMichele, EdD (EdD’20)


I developed a comfort level with reading and critiquing primary research studies, which has allowed me to better discern the best course of action for educational practice.

The structure of the EdD program allowed me pursue topics of interest that related to my dissertation in every single course. The broad, applicable assignments and readings helped me to establish a foundation for my eventual dissertation from my first course to the very end of the three-year program.

The professors in the Cabrini EdD program catalyzed my growth as a student and as a professional. They always helped me to keep my dissertation in perspective so that it did not become overwhelming.

The Cabrini EdD was a challenging and rewarding experience overall. I would recommend this program to any burgeoning educational leaders who want to catalyze their growth, establish a foundation in current scholarship, and take their practice to the next level.

—Derrick Wood, EdD (MEd’12, EdD’20)


More Information

For more information, please contact Graduate Admissions at graduate@cabrini.edu or 610.902.8501.