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Doctor of Education and Executive Leadership

Doctor of Education

Students who choose the Executive Leadership concentation in the EdD program can combine the EdD degree and Superintendent Certification in an accelerated format. Both sequences can be completed in just three years. The accelerated pace maintains the quality of each stand-alone program, including the practical focus on P–12 school issues for the EdD and the development of administrative and leadership skills in the superintendent courses and internship.

Who Should Pursue This Degree

If you want to earn the credentials to become a superintendent or a district office administrator at an accelerated pace, this program is for you. The combined three-year Doctor of Education (EdD) and Executive Leadership merges the two programs, allowing you to attain your educational goals more quickly. If you're interested in other education-related careers, such as nonprofit and higher education administration, this program can serve those needs as well.

Designed for working professionals, the EdD and Executive Leadership program offers most classes online, as well as on Saturdays and some Friday afternoons/evenings. In summer, classes may be offered during the day in person. The program utilizes a cohort model, with a new cohort beginning each autumn.

Executive Leadership Specialization

The Executive Leadership program is for individuals who hold teaching certificates and who want to pursue district-level administrative assignments in the P–12 school setting, such as superintendent, deputy superintendent, associate and assistant superintendent, director, and other similar roles. The three-year combined EdD and Executive Leadership blends best leadership practices with effective utilization of education policy and research. It emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed for today's and tomorrow's educational leaders, from building principals to school district superintendents.


To maximize your experience preparing for an executive leadership position in education, Seattle Pacific's EdD and Executive Leadership program

  • offers a doctorate and a Washington state superintendent certification in just three years,
  • prepares leaders to guide organizations in a changing environment,
  • builds ethical leadership skills,
  • blends theory and practice,
  • translates ideas about learning into large-scale systems.

Program Outline

The program outline includes a description of curriculum schedule, suggested course sequence, and credit requirements. The official degree requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted into this program.

Admission Information

Find information about admission requirements and procedures. The official admissions requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted to this program.

Faculty Chair

William (Bill) Prenevost

Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Supervision; Chair of Educational Leadership
EdD, University of Washington

Phone: 206-281-2370
Office: Peterson Hall 413


Graduate Admissions

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Because your needs are specific to fit your career, our graduate programs are not “one size fits all.” Graduate Admissions is your source for information on all SPU graduate programs, as well as admissions and events.

Cindy Strong

Searching for Research Resources?

Doctoral students, Cindy Strong, the School of Education’s library liaison, is glad to meet with you to discuss research interests, explain recent changes in the library search system, and point out library resources. Contact her at