EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership

The Baylor Doctor of Education (EdD) in K-12 Educational Leadership is a cohort-based practitioner-oriented doctoral program for leaders of schools educational systems, and agencies. Designed for the dedicated working education professional, the program prepares highly qualified practitioners to lead K-12 education institutions, while refining skills for executive positions in public, Christian, and private educational systems or agencies.

The Baylor EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership emphasizes complex problem solving for educational leaders. The Baylor program trains visionary leaders who are prepared to face the data-driven challenges of today’s educational landscape.

Program Highlights:

Focus on Problem Solving —

Baylor’s EdD prepares leaders within a character-based, ethics-informed framework for solving complex problems in educational practice, providing a strong knowledge base and teaching important analytical, management and leadership skills.

Cohort Model —

At Baylor, students advance through the EdD program alongside colleagues in a cohort of educational leaders. This model provides an enriched and cooperative learning experience that highlights the currency of study and builds teamwork and networks.

Weekend Scheduling —

To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, courses are taught in intense, concentrated segments over several weekends and during the summer.

Mentored Clinical Experience —

The EdD curriculum includes a structured clinical experience designed to support the program. Students benefit from a field experience addressing complex problems of practice, guided by a veteran educational executive.

Blend of Theory and Practice—

All coursework ties theory to practice, culminating in a capstone experience. Through the dissertation-in-practice, students address real-life problems in education, applying knowledge by analyzing data, developing a plan for implementation, and persuasively presenting the data-based solution.


Carnegie logoBaylor University School of Education is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, which is the knowledge forum on the EdD. It has a membership of over 100 schools of education in the United States, Canada and New Zealand working collaboratively to improve professional preparation in education at the highest level.

Are you looking instead for an online EdD with a broader curriculum?

Explore the Baylor Online EdD in Learning and Organizational Change.