Jun 15, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

EdD, with an emphasis in Leadership for Change (with optional concentrations)

The Doctor of Education (EdD), with an emphasis in Leadership for Change starts with a New Student Orientation (NSO), where, in collaboration with your faculty mentor, you will begin to develop a learning plan that weaves your academic accomplishments with your personal, professional, and academic goals.

The doctoral curriculum focuses first on courses required for a pathway Master’s in Education (MEd), specifically on courses related to effective communication, and approaches to inquiry. After the MEd requirements are met, there are additional courses on leadership praxis and research and your choice of electives. 

You complete courses individually or in a small group, study independently or collaboratively, and work online or offline. You may satisfy course requirements in many ways, including doctoral-level papers, and multimedia presentations. For every course, your faculty assessor provides a written assessment of your work, generally shaped around fulfillment of course level competencies and doctoral level competencies.

Dissertation exploration begins early in the program.  You are required to complete an action-oriented or theoretical dissertation that contributes new knowledge to at least one of a wide range of research areas. You will have the opportunity to focus on a topic of your own choice and will complete your dissertation with the guidance and support of your dissertation committee.

Students can fulfill their elective requirements choosing ELC electives or any of the general electives offered in the PhD programs in Human Development  and Organizational Development & Change .

EdD students may structure their elective choices to fulfill an optional EdD concentration in one of the following:

  • Community College Leadership for Change
  • Dual Language
  • Leadership of Higher Education Systems

Or one of the other School of Leadership Studies concentrations as listed below:

  • Coaching
  • Creative Longevity & Wisdom
  • Inclusive Leadership for Social Justice
  • Media, Technology & Innovation
  • Organization Development
  • Somatics, Phenomenology and Communicative Leadership
  • Sustainability Leadership

Fielding’s EdD degree is designed for professionals committed to tackling the challenges in today’s educational and human services systems. Teachers, administrators, leaders, innovators, activists, and advocates develop new skills and profound insights from doctoral-level study. Graduates become change agents, gain knowledge and skills to lead systemic change in various arenas – all levels of educational institutions, non-profit agencies, community service organizations, human services systems while working for social and ecological justice.

Sample positions for those obtaining an EdD:

  • College and University Professor
  • Non-profit Executive Director
  • College/University President and/or Senior Administrator
  • Dean of the Faculty 
  • Training and Development Director
  • Research Associate
  • Professional Association CEO
  • Consulting Company Owner

Required Coursework:

Effective date: 09/01/2023

Required for MEd (40 credits)

New Student Orientation (4 credits)

Provides a face-to-face setting to introduce you to the program, faculty, and your classmates:

Approaches to Inquiry Courses (12 credits)

Provides a solid foundation for your dissertation research, including action research methods:

Effective Communications Courses (12 credits)

Offers a meaningful alternative to traditional comprehensives:

Electives (12 credits)

Additional Required Courses beyond the MEd (28 credits)

Leadership for Change Praxis (16 credits)

Gives you the opportunity to practice leadership for change. You identify work in your own community or other communities of practice:

Research Methodologies (8 credits)

Provides the opportunity to engage in research methods as preparation for the dissertation:

Additional Elective (4 credits)

One additional 4 credit elective from the elective list above. HOD prefix electives may also apply here.

Dissertation (16 credits)

Exploration begins early in the program, giving you the time and tools you need to complete your research:

Total Semester Credits: 84

Optional Concentrations

Students in the EdD program can concentrate their elective studies in the ELC concentrations listed below, or, if matriculated into the Fall 2016 catalog or later, can choose to take their program electives in other concentrations offered through the School of Leadership Studies. In this way, students can individualize their doctoral program and expand their professional expertise. Each concentration typically includes a minimum of three tailored courses and access to a community of scholar-practitioners who are passionate about this specialized field of study.

Coaching Concentration

The doctoral concentration in Coaching offers an interdisciplinary approach to integrating research-based coaching theory with professional practice in organizational and individual coaching. Participants will study the core theories that underpin principle practices of individual and organizational coaching and undertake individual research to integrate theory with practice in individual and organizational settings.

Community College Leadership for Change Concentration

The doctoral concentration in Community College Leadership for Change addresses the most current issues in community colleges and builds students’ knowledge and skills as scholar-practitioners.


Choose two from

Creative Longevity & Wisdom Concentration

The goal of the Creative Longevity & Wisdom concentration is to enhance knowledge and practice in areas concerning mid-life and older adults.

Dual Language Concentration

The Dual Language Concentration offers an academic program to guide teachers, administrators, and scholar-leaders in examining the research, theory, and practices needed to develop effective K-12 dual language programs. This concentration is currently closed to new enrollments.

Inclusive Leadership for Social Justice Concentration

The doctoral concentration in Inclusive Leadership for Social Justice is designed to develop more inclusive scholar-leaders who are knowledgeable about and sensitive to the complex ways that power and injustice manifest in organizations and communities in order to co-create a more just society.


Leadership of Higher Education Systems Concentration

The doctoral concentration in Leadership of Higher Education Systems focuses students’ doctoral study on the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders and change agents in higher education institutions, such as 4-year colleges, universities, and graduate schools


Media, Technology, & Innovation Concentration

The doctoral concentration in Media, Technology, & Innovation is focused on the ways in which media, technology, and knowledge networks are transforming our societies, organizations, and ourselves by becoming the dominant driving force for innovation and organizational change.

Organization Development Concentration

A doctoral degree with a concentration in Organization Development (OD) prepares students to become scholar practitioners, thought leaders, and change agents in a variety of organizations-profit, non-profit, and public sectors.

Somatics, Phenomenology & Communicative Leadership Concentration

This Somatics, Phenomenology & Communicative Leadership Concentration combines and integrates scholarly theory and mastery of embodied mindful awareness (somatics) with substantial grounding in transformative phenomenology (consciousness and deep personal reflection) along with the interpretive and practical dynamics of social constructionism (Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM), Symbolic Interactionism, and related communication and social construction disciplines). The impact of the artful blending of these three disciplines and bodies of theory is to: (1) reinforce the validity of “essence-based evidence” available through the phenomenological lens, (2) provide insights into improved research and practice through lifeworld analysis (3) improve practice skills through somatic awareness and practices (4) intensify and enhance leadership skills through increase communication practices such as CMM, (Communicative Management of Meaning) which was developed and perfected by the late Barnett Pearce, HOD Professor Emeritus, and (5) increase contemplative skills as related to research and practice based.

Sustainability Leadership Concentration

The objective of the doctoral concentration in Sustainability Leadership is to produce leaders in businesses, nonprofits, governments, and educational institutions.