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EdD in Educational Studies, Educational Administration

Effective leaders recognize the power of place and context in transforming schools, districts and communities. In the newly redesigned EdD in Educational Studies, specializing in Educational Administration, our unique and innovative P.L.A.C.E.© Framework involves a combination of problem-based leading and learning. It includes practicing, planning and problem solving in context. It bridges culture and community, explores creativity and utilizes distinct leadership modules in urban, suburban and rural leadership.

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"It is invigorating to collaborate with educators from all over the world, as well as from various types of educational settings here in the states."
- Jennifer Blakley


Our program offers innovative approaches to advancing your professional skills as educational practitioners, professionals and researchers in education. Ohio State’s EdD is cohort-based and accommodates the needs of working professionals through very clear timelines and various course delivery models.

A central element to this program is a concept called problems of practice. The uniquely designed EdD coursework helps you to focus on refining widely applicable leadership abilities that can be used to define and address these problems. Most are real issues you will encounter in your profession that you will be able to apply the knowledge and skills you learn as well as reflect in and on their practice.

Fieldwork, team-based and collaborative-learning activities are hallmarks of the program. The program is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Consortium which requires a Professional Exam and a Dissertation in Practice (DIP). The DIP is a scholarly project that "frames and critically inquires in to a significant educational problem of practice." The DIP is completed in the third year of the program through a supervisory model.

Program Goals

Students will:

  • Develop creative solutions to complex problems
  • Engage in sustained clinical and/or professional experience
  • Consider socio-cultural issues and their impacts on education broadly and articulate and enact appropriate responses to problems of practice
  • Become leaders in school districts, state education, organizations, advocacy groups, and/or policy entities

We are planning exciting changes to the curriculum. To see how you can complete your degree in three years, please contact


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1, 2021 – (Admit Even Years Only)
Program Start: 
Summer semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Master's degree, previous leadership experience
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework Educational Policy, Organizational behavior, research methodologies, educational technology, politics, economics, law
Other requirements Capstone research project

View the Curriculum Sheet


Superintendents in Residence

John Marschhausen, PhD, Hilliard City Schools
Talisa Dixon, EdD, Columbus City Schools
Marie Ward, PhD, Fairfield County Educational Service Center


Dustin Miller, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, EdD in Educational Administration