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College of Education, Health and Human Services

Interprofessional Leadership

Course Delivery
100% online
Total Credits
72
Approximate Tuition Cost
$30,500
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Interprofessional Leadership Doctoral Degree Program Overview

Offered 100% online, the cohort-based Ed.D. program in Interprofessional Leadership is structured with the working professional in mind.

The Doctor of Education degree in Interprofessional Leadership promotes the study of leadership from an interprofessional perspective. Our approach is framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice and focuses on developing solutions to complex problems of practice. The program prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

The Ed.D. degree is cohort-based and starts in the summer term. The program can be completed in three to four years. Students apply to a concentration for specialized study. Examples of cognates include special education, educational technology, curriculum and instruction, athletic training education, and cultural foundations of education.

Concentration Areas:
Athletic Training
This concentration area provides graduate students the opportunity to prepare for the rigors of academic positions in a college or university by blending discipline-specific theory and practice strategies related to athletic training education. This degree program will provide the student an opportunity to gain extensive knowledge in higher education as a whole while developing the critical skills necessary to establish a strong foundation in athletic training and educational leadership. A comprehensive project directly related to athletic training education will allow the student to address a contemporary issue in the profession through purposeful research strategies to generate educational change within the discipline.

Learn more about the athletic training concentration.
Cultural Foundations
This concentration area prepares students for leadership roles in educational settings seeking to address problems of practice that reflect broad societal problems and thus defy simple solutions. Immersion in the literature of the field of social foundations of education will expose students to historical, sociological, anthropological, and philosophical understandings that will enable them to contextualize problems of practice within and beyond their particular institutional setting. Students will develop facilities with conceptual, critical, and normative modes of analysis needed to unpack contemporary problems of practice and propose approaches to addressing them in ways that do justice to their complexity. This terminal degree program will appeal to students who are already grappling with these problems in institutional settings and to those who wish to prepare themselves for such roles.

Learn more about the cultural foundations concentration.
Curriculum & Instruction
This concentration area prepares students to be curriculum leaders in their classrooms, schools, and communities. Students will attain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, conceptualize and research important problems related to the practice of curriculum development, curriculum leadership, and curriculum evaluation. Additionally, students will learn to develop, implement, and evaluate solutions that are informed by currently available theory and research in curriculum and instruction.

Learn more about the curriculum & instruction concentration.
Educational Technology
This concentration area aims to prepare leaders who are conversant in critical research, theories, and methods in educational technology to facilitate positive change in their professional settings. It is designed to help students advance their knowledge in educational technology research to implement educational technology initiatives in educational and business environments using research-informed and data-driven decisions.

Learn more about the educational technology concentration.
Leadership in Educational Contexts
This concentration provides education in multidisciplinary perspectives on leadership throughout a range of educational contexts. The concentration prepares students to lead positive change through their work as ethical and social justice-oriented scholarly practitioners. Concentration coursework focuses on advanced leadership theories, skills, and sociocultural contexts of education organizations and systems. This concentration is appropriate for leaders and emerging leaders in higher education, PK-12 schooling, and other organizations in which non-formal, informal, and formal education takes place.
Special Education
This concentration area prepares students for leadership roles in improving the practice of special education (birth to adulthood). Students will attain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and conceptualize important problems related to the practice of special education and to develop, implement, and evaluate solutions that are informed by the best available research and theory in special education and related disciplines. The Special Education concentration provides doctoral-level training to anyone seeking to lead positive change in how special education and related services are provided to learners with disabilities.

Learn more about the special education concentration.

Program Structure

  • 72 minimum total credits
    • 27 major requirement credits
    • 12 credits for Cognate Area - students select a cognate with advisor consultation
    • 3 credits for capstone course
    • Remaining credits for Dissertation I for the culminating requirement (completed in 2 semesters)
  • Students present a professional portfolio upon the completion of coursework. The final project is a dissertation in practice.

What is a Doctor of Education?

A Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree is a professional degree designed for practitioners pursuing educational leadership roles. This advanced terminal degree can qualify graduates for senior education positions in school districts, universities, research, or private industries.

What can I do with a Doctor of Education?

Opportunities with a Doctor of Education degree are endless! Individuals are prepared to become educational leaders, with five concentration areas to select from. Based on the concentration area, job opportunities or advancement may vary. Examples of possible careers include:

  • Education administrators, postsecondary
  • Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

What’s the difference between an Ed.D. and a Ph.D.?

A Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree is a professional degree designed for practitioners pursuing educational leadership roles. The Ed.D. focuses not only on research but also on applying that research to real-world practices and complex problems. A Ph.D. in education is designed to prepare graduates for research and teaching roles, focusing only on research.

What will I learn in Kent State’s Doctor of Education program?

The Doctor of Education degree in Interprofessional Leadership promotes the study of leadership from an interprofessional perspective. Our approach is framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice and focuses on developing solutions to complex problems of practice. The program prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Students apply to a concentration for specialized study. Examples of cognates include special education, educational technology, curriculum and instruction, athletic training education, and cultural foundations of education.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Frame questions of organizational leadership, educational change, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice
  • Develop and demonstrate a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge and that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry
  • Construct and apply knowledge interprofessionally to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities
  • Develop and demonstrate interprofessional collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and build partnerships
  • Analyze problems of practice and use multiple interprofessional frames to develop meaningful solutions
  • Generate, transform and use professional knowledge in practice
  • Integrate technology as a tool for teaching, learning, assessment, management, planning, and communication
What is the Interprofessional Leadership program?

Interprofessional Leadership Doctoral Degree Program Admissions Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 graduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement (1-2 pages, explaining how applicant’s career intentions relate to and will be supported by the program, what they bring to the program, and how they intend to use the degree to affect their practice)
  • Three letters of recommendation from organizational supervisors evidencing the applicant’s leadership capacity and experience in the organization and/or from former professors attesting to the applicant’s capacity for doctoral work
  • Interview with designated program faculty (face-to-face or by video conference)
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score
    • Minimum 77 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 Duolingo English score

Applicants will be reviewed holistically based on their professional experience and the requirements listed above.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the international admission website.

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Licensure Disclaimer: Ed.D. degree and concentrations do not lead to ODE-recognized licensure and/or endorsement preparation.

Important Dates

Aug
21
Classes Begin
Fall 2023
Jan
16
Classes Begin
Spring 2024
Feb
15
Priority Application Deadline
Summer 2024
What’s the Difference between a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) and a Doctorate in Education (Ph.D.)?

Interprofessional Leadership Doctoral Degree Program Courses

Courses in the program’s core emphasize the interprofessional focus while also providing students with understandings that are regarded as essential for leaders, particularly in the areas of ethical practice, social justice, systems thinking, and organizational change.

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Interprofessional Leadership Doctoral Degree Program Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents

Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost
$571.90 $1,715.70 $30,5001

Non-Ohio Residents

Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost
$581.90 $1,745.70 $31,2002

1The $571.90 per-credit-hour tuition rate applies to part-time Ohio resident graduate students taking fewer than 11 credit hours per semester.

2The $581.90 per-credit-hour tuition rate applies to part-time non-Ohio resident graduate students enrolled in a fully online degree program and taking fewer than 11 credit hours per semester, PLUS a surcharge of $10 per credit hour.

Dissertation I - Semester $3,233.20 (Applies to graduate students registered for Dissertation I and the first thirty hours of Dissertation)

This program is calculated at $571.90 per credit hour for 42 credits ($24,019.80) plus 2 semesters of Dissertation I ($6,466.40). This tuition cost does not include distance a learning fee or any college, program, or course fees.

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs, please contact Kent State’s Financial, Billing & Enrollment Center at 330-672-6000 or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

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