Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Is a Doctorate in Educational Leadership or an EdD right for you?

Edgewood College embraces the cohort model of learning that welcomes aspiring leaders from a variety of disciplines and workplaces. Whether you are a higher education professional, non-profit leader, business executive, or K12 educator, our cohort model will support and challenge you through your coursework.

Grounded in Dominican values, these same values encourage us to develop Edgewood leaders, scholars, and writers. Coursework is a blend of theory applied with practice and examination of real-world issues, enriched by cohort and faculty interaction.

A Doctorate of Educational Leadership (EdD) allows for practical approach to research that encourages you to apply what you are learning to challenges within your field, industry, or profession.

Our graduates advance to become college presidents and administrators, K12 superintendents and leaders, and non-profit champions, each experts in their field. Our graduates leave with strong research skills as both consumer and practitioner, values-based leadership skills, and knowledge to lead strategically.

Complete your application by June 1st, 2021 and receive $1000 off your Fall 2021 class. *Available to new entering doctoral students for Fall 2021.

Our Faculty & Staff

  • Subject-matter-experts who work in the field of study instruct the content courses. These professionals bring a timely and global view to content material. 
  • Full-time Ph.D. research faculty who have experience in publishing and R1 research instruct our research courses. 
  • Our Academic Writing Specialist instructs the dissertation writing courses to guide students through the proper academic style and tone.
Angela Mihm-Nigro
Doctorate in Education Coordinator

Since 2011, in her role within the EdD program, Angela assists doctoral students with academic advising, the dissertation process and publication, along with program administration tasks including marketing, enrollment management, and assessment. Angela is enrolled with Cohort 19 in the Higher Education and Leadership Studies (HEALS) doctoral concentration and has her M.S. in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University. Together with her husband, Angela is raising two boys with curious minds and open hearts in Sun Prairie.

Ting-Lan Ma
Ting-Lan Ma
Assistant Professor of Research Design and Methods

Ting-Lan Ma, remote assistant professor in the Division of Education, received her PhD in Human Development, Educational Psychology, with a minor in Prevention Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was also a former visiting scholar in the School of Education at UC Irvine. Ting-Lan’s research interests focus on the influences of multiple ecological systems on adolescent psycho-social development including culture, parenting practices, and peer relations. Her most recent research focuses on in-school and cyber bullying across childhood and adolescence, organized activities among ethnicity minority youth, and cross-cultural differences in adolescents' responses to school bullying. Her research interests also include tracking longitudinal youth social-emotional developments that predict subsequent mental and health outcomes. Her CV can be found here.

Kirsten Brown
Kirsten Brown
Lecturer of Research Design and Methods
School of Education

Dr. Kirsten Brown’s research agenda engages topics of disability, educational access, and postsecondary outcomes. Dr. Brown is interested in neurodiversity and practices that support the retention and success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education. Selected publications include a co-authored book, Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach and articles in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Community College Research and Practice and Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. Dr. Brown’s teaching background is in Higher Education Administration, Sociology, and Disability Studies; she teaches research methodology courses for the Ed.D. Program. Dr. Brown is active in several professional organizations and has presented nationally at ASHE, AHEAD, and ACPA. She holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Suzanne Otte
Suzanne Otte
Lecturer and Doctoral Research and Writing Center Director
School of Education

Suzanne brings over 20 years teaching experience that spans from 6th grade to post-secondary education and in diverse settings.  She teaches courses in both the Higher Education and Leadership Studies and Doctoral Completion concentrations and she serves as the writing specialist in the program, providing direct consultation and academic writing programming. Suzanne’s research interests focus on gender inclusive leadership, ethical leadership, and ethical leadership development.  She earned Ed.D. from Edgewood College.  

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    Thank you, Edgewood College, for helping me to attain the pinnacle of my educational aspirations. Thank you for preparing me for greater ministerial work in the vineyard of life. More importantly, thank you for enabling me to become an agent of change capable of positively affecting that which I would normally only complain about.
    William McCoy, Ed.D. '10, Director, Rutland Institute for Ethics, Clemson University