The Doctor of Education in Leadership program is designed to help you advance your leadership and research skills within your chosen discipline, whatever that may be. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.
Total cost at ACE$23,914
(tuition + fees)
Compare with other institutions*:
Grand Canyon University
*Based on information provided on each institution's website as of August 2018
Applications due November 8 for November 11, 2019 Term
Estimated Time to Completion:
We know what it’s like to be a professional by day and a student by night, because we’ve been there, too! Hear from some of our recent doctoral graduates as they share their experience at American College of Education. Five students recently shared their thoughts about the structured dissertation process, the caring faculty, and our affordability just moments before they crossed the stage to receive their diploma and new title.
Eighteen of your semester credits will specialize in a focus area of your choice.
View the College Catalog for full descriptions.
Adult and Continuing Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational and Community Organizations
Health and Wellness
Second Language Instruction
You also have the option of customizing this program by selecting a General Track and choosing the six courses that best fit your needs.
Sunddip Aguilar, Ed.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Leadership and Administration
From the beginning of her career, Dr. Sunddip Aguilar has been interested in changing education. She has taught over 10 years in the K-12 setting and currently serves as an online adjunct instructor. Additionally, she is a master reviewer leading a team through course review design for both K-12 and higher education courses.
Dr. Aguilar’s current passion is assisting institutions in successfully achieving their goals. She has provided several schools across the globe with workshops in classroom management, assessment, and evaluation methods, 21st century learning, diversity in the classroom, and teaching to the secondary learner.
We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.
A Note About Licensure:
While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.
Ed.D. in Leadership
64 semester credits x $306 per credit
$100 Application Fee
$2,880 Technology & Library Fee ($45 per credit)
$150 Program Conferral Fee
$1,200 Dissertation Fee
Total Program Cost*
*This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.
State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)
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Ed.D. in Leadership
All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.
All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:
Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 64 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.
(21 semester credits)
(25 semester credits)
Customize this degree by choosing a six - course Focus of Study to fulfill the remaining 18 semester credits.
(18 semester credits)
Any six of courses from the courses above.