Creighton's Ed.D: A Truly Interdisciplinary Program

The Doctor of Education, or Ed.D, has been in a period of change and innovation in recent years. Universities across the country have been working to make their programs more professional, more practical and most importantly, more interdisciplinary.

Creighton University has done just that by taking a different approach to the Ed.D.

Most Ed.D.programs are intended for people working in a K-12 or a higher education setting. It’s the professional counterpart to a purely research-oriented Ph.D. in Education. Usually, members of Ed.D. programs have a teaching background and are taught to lead in an educational environment. Creighton’s Ed.D in Interdisciplinary Leadership provides a new kind of environment in which students from a diverse set of backgrounds can develop their leadership skills together.

Diverse students, interdisciplinary faculty

Leadership has always been a central part of the Ed.D. education. People enrolled in these programs often hope to enter leadership positions in education as school principals, district leaders or designers of educational curricula. Creighton’s program has broadened this focus to include people seeking leadership skills for industrial, military, nonprofit and spiritual professions.

In so doing, Creighton has laid the groundwork for a truly interdisciplinary experience for its students. The program caters to professionals from all walks of life, and it brings in faculty members from many different departments. Students get a values-based education that explores leadership from numerous angles.

Arts and sciences, business, education, health and law can all teach us different things about leading effectively. Examining the principles of leadership through these lenses prepares students to apply them in a variety of industries. A well-rounded leader can lead people of diverse backgrounds, interests and personalities.

Diverse students bring diverse perspectives

Having students of so many different backgrounds boosts the impact of an interdisciplinary education. Students learn the perspectives of people from other industries and with other life experiences. They study with them and meet them in person, even though most of the program is conducted online.

Creighton keeps the same students in classes together for more than the first year of the program, helping them build relationships and interact more deeply. 

Jesuit principles, individual needs

Interdisciplinary research is used to enhance students’ individual pursuits. Students are encouraged to conduct research in their own workplaces, a unique feature of Creighton’s program. With this personalized approach, students can specifically analyze their own leadership through an interdisciplinary lens.

Jesuit principles are fundamental elements of Creighton’s program. Every discipline and perspective has a core of social justice, service and self-reflection.

Among innovative Ed.D. programs, Creighton’s is defined by its emphasis on a interdisciplinary approach to leadership for people of all backgrounds. It’s a professional doctorate for anyone seeking leadership skills, as opposed to a professional doctorate for educators that includes leadership training.

As a result, graduates of Creighton’s Ed.D. program are well equipped to lead change and build trust in their unique organizations and communities.

Sources:

The Ed.D Dilemma. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/05/16/31purinton.h31.html
What’s the Difference between EdD and PhD in Education? http://www.educationdegree.com/articles/edd-and-phd-differences
Ending the First EdD Program. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/03/29/country’s-oldest-edd-program-will-close-down
Online Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership. http://online.creighton.edu/edd/doctorate-leadership
Difference Among Doctorate Leadership Degrees. http://online.creighton.edu/edd/doctorate-leadership/resources/difference-between-doctorate-leadership-programs