Pennsylvania Western University’s Ed.D. program is known regionally and nationally as one of the premier educational leadership credentials. Our program prepares doctoral candidates in the following categories.

  • A current (or eligible) superintendent who is considering a doctoral program.
  • An education leader interested in a doctoral program with an integrated Superintendent Letter of Eligibility.
  • A current principal or supervisor who is interested in pursuing the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Certification.
  • A person who might recommend a best-fit program to someone described above.

Wherever your journey as an education leader has taken you, we invite you to consider PennWest’s doctoral program in Education Administration and Leadership. This 100% online program, with its focus on fiscal responsibility, prepares education administrators to face head on the financial challenges confronting our schools today, all the while making sound management decisions for their schools.

Our Ed.D. is designed for candidates who hold an administrative or supervisory certification leadership experience in a PreK-12 setting, alternative education setting, or other agency settings that serve PreK-12 students. Graduates will be well positioned to assume roles as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, executive director, or program director.  

Learn 100% online, asynchronously with a carefully chosen cohort of applicants that study and grow together!  Enjoy our curriculum, integrated field experiences and field project focusing on fiscal responsibility and taught by our long-standing faculty that have been successfully delivering high-quality programs for years.

The priority deadline to Apply for our Fall 2024 doctoral cohort is June 1, 2024. If you’re interested in pursuing SLE Certification only at this time, classes begin May 6, so please apply immediately in order to begin with this cohort. I am your personal admissions counselor for this program. For any questions related to the program or admissions process, you may contact me directly at or by calling 724-938-5366.

With a degree from PennWest, you will continue to benefit from the rich tradition of the program forged at California University of Pennsylvania but now powered by the resources and expert faculty that comprise PennWest. Apply today!