Enhance your leadership skills

Important: Not accepting cohort 13 applications

The Statewide Cooperative EdD Program will not be accepting applications for Cohort 13 beginning August 1, 2020, as originally scheduled. The decision to delay ensures we remain focused on the academic success of our current EdD students. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston at fellabaumje@missouri.edu.

Quick facts

  • Program type: Doctorate
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Delivery mode: Blended, some campus visits required
  • Credit hours: 46
  • Estimated program cost: $24,672.10*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

The online doctorate in educational leadership from MU lets you continue your career while also acquiring skills that you can put to use immediately. If you are a practicing educational leader ready to enhance your leadership skills and career opportunities, this may be the degree for you.


The program is not designed to lead to professional licensure or certification. If you wish to enhance your degree with the requirements for certification or licensure, you will have to pursue an educational specialist degree in addition to this doctorate.

Career prospects

Employment growth1
Average salary increase2

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Elementary, Middle and High School Principals

2 Percentage by which the average base salary of a full-time teacher in a U.S. public elementary or secondary schools with a master’s degree exceeds that of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, 2007–08. Snyder, T.D., and Dillow, S.A. (2011). Digest of Education Statistics 2010 (NCES 2011-015). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.

Potential careers

Graduates of this program lead across a PK–20+ context as principals, superintendents, directors, university administrators, faculty and more.

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is blended: Your course work will be online and in person on MU's Columbia, Missouri campus during your first two summers and all students will participate in course work on Wednesday evenings during the fall and spring semesters with their assigned partner institution (synchronously online for those assigned to the virtual cohort). Meeting dates and times are subject to change each semester.

All students are expected to attend an in-person orientation in the late Spring.

Courses are semester-based. The department anticipates students will need four years to complete the course work and earn their degrees.

Course work includes

  • Leadership theory and practice
  • Organizational analysis
  • Educational policy
  • Content and context of learning

In-state tuition rates

As a distance learner in a University of Missouri graduate program, you qualify for in-state tuition rates, regardless of where you live.

This program is administered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.