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Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation Online

With an integrated dissertation beginning near the end of your first year and faculty support available from start to finish, this 100% online program is designed to set you on the path to greater professional success. Prepare to become an ethical, results-focused leader in your industry as few as 36 months.


Program Overview

Follow your passion with the highly individualized and uniquely structured Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation from St. Thomas University. With an integrated dissertation beginning near the end of your first year and faculty support available from start to finish, this 100% online program is designed to set you on the path to further professional success in any type of organization.

$44,000* Total Tuition

as few as 36 months Program Duration

60 Credit Hours

In this accelerated online program, you will learn consulting practices, principles of ethical leadership that span crisis and change management, and various approaches to developing and managing public policy. You will also examine quantitative and qualitative research and gain the tools to effectively manage performance outcomes. This degree is ideal for advancing your professional capacities to formulate innovative solutions whether you work in a non-profit, sales, corporate, education, or government environment.

Taught by respected faculty with extensive experience in their fields, this versatile Ed.D. also offers reasonable admission requirements that allow applicants with a second master's degree to transfer in up to 18 hours (6 courses). With no education degree or teaching background required, prepare to become an ethical, results-focused leader in as few as 36 months.

Learning Outcomes

  • Respond to the changing needs of diverse organizations
  • Participate in managing and leading private corporations, public organizations, educational institutions and systems, and nonprofit agencies
  • Develop leadership and innovation skills and effective team-oriented approaches to teaching and learning to maximize the performance achievements of all learners
  • Demonstrate scholarly behaviors such as reflection and problem solving with skills for designing, critiquing and implementing research relevant to effective practice

Career Opportunities

  • Administrators in state, federal and international agencies
  • Business leaders and managers in sales and corporate environments
  • Public education supervisors, administrators and consultants
  • Professors and administrators in higher education
  • Directors and supervisors of educational services in non-profit agencies and non-governmental organizations

The Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation program is ranked #4 in Top Doctorate in Leadership Online Programs by Top Business Degrees (2018).

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Tuition

The Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation online degree program at St. Thomas University is priced with the working student in mind, offering pay-by-the course tuition. We are committed to offering a quality private school education at public university prices. The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation online. The e-tuition is the same for both in-state and out-of-state online students.

Per Credit Hour Per Three-Credit Course Program Tuition
Tuition $816.67 $2,450.01 $49,000
Tuition after scholarship* $733.33 $2,199.99 $44,000*

*Scholarship: All students new to the program qualify for a $5,000 scholarship, reducing tuition to $44,000.

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Calendar

At St. Thomas University, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate busy schedules. Here you can find deadlines for your application, documents and tuition payment for the Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation online program.

Program Start Date Application Deadline Registration Deadline Document Deadline Tuition Deadline
Summer II 07/02/18 06/18/18 06/25/18 06/27/18 06/29/18
Fall I 08/27/18 08/13/18 08/20/18 08/22/18 08/24/18
Fall II 10/22/18 10/08/18 10/15/18 10/17/18 10/19/18
Spring I 01/07/19 12/24/18 12/31/18 01/02/19 01/04/19
Spring II 03/04/19 02/18/19 02/25/19 02/27/19 03/01/19
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Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with the requirements for the Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation online program, along with information on required documentation.

  • Completed application for admission with $40 application fee
  • An earned master's degree from an accredited institution or equivalent and a grade point average of at least 2.6 (on a 4.0 scale) in all graduate work attempted (An applicant with a second master's or other advanced credential may petition the Program Team to have up to 6 courses or 18 credits transferred into the program. Those courses can only be transferred if they closely relate to those courses that they are replacing. The applicant must request the transfer of these additional courses as part of the initial interview with the Program Team.)
  • Official transcripts of all prior graduate and undergraduate academic work. All applicants are required to submit transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.

All documents should be sent to:

St. Thomas University, Office of Admissions
16401 NW 37th Ave., Mimi Dooner Hall
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459

Transcripts delivered via digital transcript services EScrip and Parchment should be emailed to admissions@stu.edu.

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Courses

To complete the Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation online program, students must complete 48 semester hours of core courses and 12 semester hours of integrated dissertation courses for a total of 60 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will analyze the theory and practice of leadership and address motivation, sources of power, change processes and group dynamics. The characteristics and abilities associated with effective leadership will also be examined. Students will also explore the diversity of leadership theory and the impact of diversity on leadership.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will prepare students to use a variety of information-systems applications in administrative roles. Students will become familiar with data communications, the internet, multimedia, other forms of technology and the applications of each to the field of leadership.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Drawing on the five-phase model of the change process, this course uses real-world examples to examine the design, development, implementation and maintenance of educational innovations and improvements.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will prepare students to restructure and create empowering environments in their organizations. A body of research will be reviewed to provide an empirical framework that can be used to draw conclusions about strategic management and leadership in organizations striving to provide an empowering environment in the 21st Century.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the significant issues embedded in questions of accountability in leadership that begin with treatment of personal ethical development, moving to the practice of leadership management, analyzing the issues of pluralism, and concluding with an ethical discussion of decision making in these areas.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course is concerned with issues of ownership, control, ethics and accountability. It employs a stakeholder framework, emphasizing business' social and ethical responsibilities to both external and internal stakeholder groups. It also illustrates how ethical or moral considerations are included in the public issues facing organizations and the decision-making process of leaders.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Human resource management belongs in all organizations. In the 21st century, human resource development has become an active participant in charting the strategic course an organization must take to remain competitive, productive and efficient. This course examines the skills an HR manager must employ to be an effective diagnostician and problem-solver.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Innovation and Leadership revolves around the concept that innovation is the specific instrument of leadership and that it is organized, systematic rational work. Sources for innovative opportunities are many and varied and are found within the changing environment. This course is designed to provide a deep grounding in the field of innovation and leadership to students whose goal is to play a leading role in an innovation-driven environment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Organizations are systems within which humans are continually developing structures that influence their action. This course helps students become designers and members of organizations which engage in practices that encourage organizational learning. Students will examine ways that organizations create learning cultures as well as leadership strategies that foster growth, creativity and risk-taking while managing innovation, change and future planning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course presents an analysis of major contemporary social problems with attention given to controversial issues common in the workplace. Included in this course is an emphasis on theory, structure, and the effective practice of diversity as they relate to directors, managers, employees, students and faculty of academic organizations who are involved in a diversified workforce.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines various approaches to developing and managing public policy. It is intended primarily for leaders who are department heads, policy developers, managers and executive officers in organizations, higher education, schools, school boards, governments and statutory agencies responsible for formulating or managing policies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course enables students to assess real-world concerns and challenges, and with their knowledge, skills and aptitudes these students will evaluate strategies and solutions to resolve such challenges. The course also analyzes the consulting domain as it relates to internal and external barriers of organizations. Students will analyze, apply, synthesize and evaluate consulting principles and practices through various instructional techniques. Additionally, students will evaluate the consulting process through case studies and research. The role of the consultant, project management concepts, and the application of key consulting methods and techniques will be evaluated.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Social media for all organizations consist of a range of web-based applications that allow anyone to disseminate information to online communities. The focus of this course is for students to assess the role of a social media presence in creating an online social or extended community for an organization's current clients, employees and friends; promote an awareness of the organization among potential clients; expand the mission of the organization; and build an identity and brand image.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Managing performance, or performance management, includes organizational activities that ensure goals are consistently being met in an effective and efficient manner. It can focus on the performance of an organization, department, employee, customers or process. This course enables students to assess the tools used to effectively manage performance in organizations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines theory and practice in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of experimental, quasi-experimental and survey procedures for program research and evaluation. Development of basic skills required in the understanding, planning and executing of a research study will be covered.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the methods and procedures used in qualitative research. Topics include the philosophical basis for the method; the conceptualization of research questions; the selection of appropriate research designs; data collection; manual and computerized data analysis; and the drawing of inferences.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

While enrolled in this Dissertation Benchmark, students will begin working on their Dissertation Plan. It will include outlining the following: 1) Dissertation Title 2) Topic Statement 3) Statement of the Problem 4) Research Purpose 5) Research Questions 6) Literature Review Topics 7) Need for the Study 8) Methodology.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Dissertation Benchmark I is where the students will begin to write Chapter 1 of their Dissertation. The sections that will be covered in this benchmark will include the following topics: Introduction to the Problem; Background, Context and Theoretical Framework; Statement of the Problem; Purpose of the Study; Research Questions; Rationale, Relevance and Significance of the Study; Nature of the Study; Definition of Terms; Assumptions, Limitations and Delimitations; and Organization of the Remainder of the Study.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Dissertation Benchmark II is specifically designed to guide students through developing Chapter 2 to include the following topics: Introduction; Theoretical Framework; Review of the Research Literature and Methodological Literature; Review of Research Regarding [the Topic/Research Problem]; Review of Methodological Issues; Synthesis of Research Findings; Critique of Previous Research; and Chapter 2 Summary.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Dissertation Benchmark III is designed to guide students on how to systematically search the literature and write the Literature Review of the doctoral dissertation. In this part of the course, students will write the Chapter 3 to include the following topics: Introduction to Chapter 3; Research Methodology; Research Design; Target Populations, Sampling Method and Related Procedures; Instrumentation and/or Sources of Data: Data Collection; Field Test /Pilot Test; Instrument Validity/Reliability: Pilot Study; Operationalization of Variables; Data Analysis Procedures; Limitations of the Research Design; Internal Validity; External Validity; Expected Finding; Ethical Issues; Researcher's Position Statement; and Summary of Chapter 3. Students will conclude the Dissertation Benchmark with a compressive draft of Chapters 1, 2 and 3. Students will also have a completed IRB Proposal. When students successfully complete the comprehensive Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the Dissertation and the IRB proposal, they will be deemed to have passed the Dissertation Proposal Defense and may proceed to complete the rest of the dissertation according the University's dissertation policy.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Dissertation Benchmark IV is designed to guide students on how to write Chapter 4 to include the following topics: Introduction; Description of the Sample; Summary of the Results; Detailed Analysis; and Summary.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Dissertation Benchmark V is designed to guide students on how to write Chapter 5 to include the following topics: Introduction; Summary of the Results; Discussion of the Results; Discussion of the Results in Relation to the Literature; Limitations of the Results; Summary of Findings and Conclusion; Implications of the Results for Practice; Discussion of the Results; Discussion of the Results in Relation to the Literature; Limitations of the Results; Implications of the Results for Practice; Recommendations for Future Research; and the Conclusion.

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