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Overview

Leaders are the backbone of organizations and communities across the nation. Governors State’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Interdisciplinary Leadership (INLD) prepares advanced leaders to meet real-world problems and issues with sophisticated, multi-dimensional solutions.

In this program, you will gain advanced theoretical perspectives of leadership, prepare to make data-informed decisions, and utilize foresight in strategic planning in both the public and private sectors. Through coursework, research, and a culminating project, you will be able to lead in situations requiring an understanding of public policy, adult education, and cultural studies.

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Concentrations

Our program offers three different concentrations for the INLD program that will allow you to focus on your area of interest:

Higher Education Administration

Learn the theories and practices that you can apply as a leader for two- and four- year higher education institutions. Courses taught in this concentration focus on topics such as strategic planning, business and fiscal management, political and legal issues, as well as emerging trends.

Not for Profit/Social Entrepreneurship Leadership

Master the process on how to develop new ventures that can achieve both social benefit and financial return on investment. Courses taught in this concentration explore topics such as strategies for finding solutions to societal problems, techniques for the evaluation of emerging social ventures, as well as the investigation of the management, marketing, and funding required to run a successful not-for-profit social entrepreneurship.

Superintendent (P-12)

Acquire the decision-making and problem-solving skills required to successfully lead institutions teaching students anywhere from preschool through high school. Courses taught in this concentration focus on topics such as the functions of recruitment, development, coordination, compensation, appraisal, negotiations, in-service education, motivation, and dismissals.


Benefits

Upon receiving your Ed.D. in INLD, you will be an effective and influential leader equipped with the knowledge, insights, and strategies that can be immediately applied to your current job, as well as help you advance towards future career opportunities. Through your studies, you will be prepared to pursue professional, academic, administrative, research, or clinical positions in your area of concentration.

Here are just a few of the potential career paths you can pursue with your Ed.D. in INLD and their nationwide annual mean wages:

To find more potential career positions and salaries in your field of interest, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Curriculum

You can achieve your Ed.D. in as little as four years with Governors State's minimum 60 credit hour program. Depending on your area of concentration, you will have the option to enroll in completely online or hybrid courses:

Hybrid Curriculum Available

Superintendent (P-12)

Online Curriculum Available

Higher Education Administration

Not for Profit/Social Entrepreneurship Leadership

In order to maintain your position in the program, continuous enrollment of six or more credit hours each semester is required. Additionally, all coursework, qualifying exam, and capstone project must be completed within seven years of your start date.

For a list of all required courses and additional information regarding the Ed.D. in INLD program and its concentrations, please visit the program's catalog page.

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Student Success

Imelda Macias

Imelda Macias, INLD Doctoral Student

The impact on my career was immediate! Through the strategic combination of core and concentration courses, along with the curriculum’s theoretical and practical approach, I have gained a comprehensive understanding of research, leadership and higher education as well as hands-on skills that are relevant and applicable at my job. In addition, the level of support, mentorship, accessibility, and genuine care from faculty has been invaluable and has contributed greatly to my success in the program!


Faculty Experts

Dr. Matthew Cooney

Dr. Matt Cooney, Assistant Professor in Higher Education Administration

As a faculty member in the INLD Program, I work with students to co-create learning experiences that enhance their professional practice of leadership while simultaneously examining how their individual, group, and societal values impact how leadership manifests within various organizational contexts.

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Academic Advising

Whether you are a still considering to join our program, a newly admitted candidate, or a continuing candidate, your academic advisor, Carla Johnson, is here to help. Please feel free to reach out to Carla with any questions regarding the admissions process, maintaining enrollment, degree requirements, or any other inquiries related to the Ed.D. in INLD program.

Carla Johnson

Carla Johnson, Academic Advisor
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708-235-3989
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Information Sessions

Want to learn more about the Ed.D. in INLD program? Attend one of our information sessions! At our information sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet our faculty to have all your program-related questions answered.

September 27

Topic: Interdisciplinary Leadership Ed.D. Program at GSU - Information Session
Time: Sep 27, 2021 06:00 PM (CST)
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October 25

Topic: Interdisciplinary Leadership Ed.D. Program at GSU - Information Session
Time: Oct 25, 2021 06:00 PM (CST)
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November 15

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February 22

Topic: Interdisciplinary Leadership Ed.D. Program at GSU - Information Session
Time: Feb 22, 2022 06:00 PM (CST)
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March 21

Topic: Interdisciplinary Leadership Ed.D. Program at GSU - Information Session
Time: Mar 21, 2022 06:00 PM (CST)
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Admissions Requirements

Ready to advance your leadership skills and career? Check out our admissions requirements for the Ed.D. in INLD program to see what credentials and materials are required for you to get started or simply begin the process for admittance by applying to Governors State online.

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