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  • Application Deadline: August 2, 2024
  • Classes Start: August 25, 2024

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Guiding the Educators of Tomorrow

American International College (AIC) Online EdD in Educational Leadership and Administration program’s Educational Leadership specialization allows students to elevate their academic understanding and craft their expertise as a scholar-practitioner working with traditional and unorthodox methods.

About the Program

The Educational Leadership specialization provides students the opportunity to expand upon their already existing license (this program is not a licensure program) while they continue their studies, preparing them for a wide range of administrator and leadership roles.  

Additionally, AIC’s Online EdD Educational Leadership specialization provides dissertation writing courses woven throughout the program, allowing students to stay connected to their research while refining their skills and transforming into reflective leaders. 

  • Graduate in just over two years (seven terms) while studying full-time 
  • Study 100% online – no campus immersions or travel requirements 
  • Benefit from a cohort-style learning model, allowing you to build key connections with peers within and outside of your role   
  • Learn from doctorally-prepared faculty who are educators themselves 
  • Receive dedicated student advisor support from application to graduation 

AIC has a long-standing history of making education more accessible for people of all backgrounds, with a legacy centered around diversity, access, and inclusion. Founded in July 1885, AIC still stands more than 125 years later as a leader in education and continues to foster community more effectively than any other time in its history.  

The AIC Advantage

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Designed for engaged leaders

Fully online with no campus immersions or travel requirements

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Legacy of Diversity, Access & Inclusion

A history of making education more accessible for persons of all backgrounds

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Expert Support and Guidance

Study under thought leaders committed towards training the educators and leaders of tomorrow

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Affordable Tuition

Competitively priced tuition compared to similar programs

Admission Requirements

To be considered for enrollment in this program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Master's degree from any discipline  
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • 3 Letters of recommendation (academic or professional)  
  • Personal essay  
  • Official transcripts 

Online EdD Educational Leadership – Sample Curriculum

This course focuses on an introduction to the selection and construction of research design and choice of appropriate research methods for the educational inquiry to be undertaken. A variety of research methods will be reviewed. The design and collection of data, data analysis, and ethical issues related to research with human subjects will be explored.

Leadership describes an individual’s ability to influence. This course is a survey of selected research that addresses the development of leadership skills, the academic field of leadership studies, and the roles of leadership in education, including transactional, transformational, and post-modern theory. Leadership is examined, not only from the perspective of personal development, but also in the contexts of organizational and systems theories. Moreover, since the literature relating to leadership is varied, with approaches ranging from popular “self-help” to serious academic scholarship, this course provides the opportunity to compare and contrast this wide range of leadership analysis.

This course focuses on promoting theoretical and applied understandings of school personnel management in an ever-changing professional educational environment. Emphasis will be placed on understanding effective ways of dealing with labor relations, personnel appraisal, communication, disciplinary procedures, leadership systems and designs, and compensation structuring. Focus will be on applicable laws and the roles and responsibilities of school leaders in the area of human resource management in educational settings will be examined.

Dissertation 1 is the first in a three-course block of final required dissertation writing. It yields the first two chapters of the dissertation: Introduction and literature Review. Credit is awarded when the student submits the fully edited and approved version of these two chapters to his/her Dissertation Committee.

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Nicole Esposito
MS ’09, EdD ’12

"My professors at AIC changed how I viewed myself, my abilities, and what I could offer my community."

Online EdD in Educational Leadership and Administration 

American International College’s Online EdD in Educational Leadership and Administration program is a supportive online doctoral degree intended to facilitate transformative change, delivered with a connective, tailored curriculum. The EdD Educational Leadership specialization is designed for educational leaders to elevate their academic understanding, craft their expertise, advance their scholarly knowledge, and refine their skills as scholar-practitioners while working with traditional and unorthodox methods.


 3 intakes per year


 Classes are 100% online

Career Salary Trends

Education Administrators (Kindergarten through secondary) $101,320
Education Administrators (Postsecondary) $99,940
Post Secondary Teachers $80,840
Training and Development Managers $120,000
Chief Executives $189,520


Frequently Asked Questions

American International College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

This program can be completed in two years and three months (seven semesters).

The tuition for this program is $960 per credit hour, totaling $48,960

*Please speak with your enrollment advisor about additional program fees.

In this program, you will study under an engaged, doctorally-prepared faculty of prolific scholars, practitioners, and leaders who are committed to your success.

Dedicated Student Support

An AIC Enrollment Advisor can answer your questions and guide you through the application process. Click the button below to fill out a form and start the conversation.

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