Educational leadership

Doctor of education University of Missouri
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The online doctor of education (EdD) in educational leadership from MU lets you continue your career while also acquiring skills that you can put to use immediately. This newly retooled doctorate program is designed for practicing educational leaders ready to enhance their leadership skills and career opportunities.

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, please contact the ELPA department ( to discuss potential options.

Quick facts

Official name

Doctor of education in educational leadership


University of Missouri

Program type


Academic home

College of Education | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


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

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Career prospects

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

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: No campus visits required. Optional on-campus opportunities (e.g., meetings with faculty, networking events, writing retreats) may be offered during the program based on student interest and availability.

This program requires synchronous components, held on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. CT.

Courses are semester-based. Students will take two classes each semester and finish the program in three years.

Course work includes

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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

3 years

Typical course load

2 classes per semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston is an Associate Teaching Professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri. She is also the Director of the Statewide Cooperative EdD Program. Dr. Fellabaum-Toston holds a BSS in professional leadership and a MEd in college student personnel from Ohio University. She completed her PhD with an emphasis in Higher and Continuing Education at the University of Missouri. Dr. Fellabaum-Toston’s research and teaching interests include identities in higher education, postsecondary teaching and learning, and the development of scholarly practitioners/practitioner-scholars.

Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor, Director of the Statewide Cooperative EdD Program

Learn more about this program

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