Suburban Cohorts forming for Superintendent Doctoral Program

Study Format Cohort
Program Length 61-67 credit hours


Educational professionals are invited attend an information session to learn about Concordia-Chicago’s highly ratedSuperintendent Doctoral Program. Information sessions are scheduled at the request of groups of educators who wish to learn about the benefits and requirements for forming a cohort in a location convenient to where those educators work and live. These information sessions offer potential applicants an opportunity to meet Dr. Paul Sims, Educational Leadership department chair, and other educational leadership faculty, learn about the program’s features and benefits, and participate in a follow-up Q&A session. 

Concordia-Chicago's suburban program cohorts deliver all face-to-face classes required for program completion, allowing participating students to reduce travel time and network with other educational leaders in their locale. The cohort delivery model is highly successful with its participating students, who form lasting relationships with colleagues and professors from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds; classes are limited to fifteen students. 

Tuition discount for members of our partner organizations: IPA, IASA, and IASBO

Members of the Illinois Principals’ Association (IPA), the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) receive a 20% tuition discount when registering for this Concordia-Chicago program.

Course requirements for the PhD and EdD

Students in Concordia-Chicago’s superintendent doctoral program complete seven face-to-face courses and a three-semester internship (as required by the state) in their own districts for superintendent licensure. Ten additional courses (61 hours) are required for an EdD and twelve additional courses (67 hours) are required for a PhD. Both the EdD and PhD require a dissertation.

Ready to apply now?

Applications are now being accepted online. Registrations for the January term are due by December 1, 2019. When using the online application, be sure to select the professional organization with which you are affiliated (IPA, IASA or IASBO) in the section “Partnership Programs.” Register here.

Concordia-Chicago, at the forefront of educational leadership

Concordia-Chicago’s educational leadership program equips leaders within public and nonpublic schools to positively impact educational delivery in their districts and prepare students to become effective citizens in a global society. The educational leadership faculty is composed of reflective, experienced professionals who are committed to providing relevant and current program content for aspiring superintendents. Among the distinguished professors who teach courses in the program, many possess hands-on superintendent experience. 

Why earn a doctoral degree with superintendent endorsement?

The program is designed to help the doctoral candidate:

  • Promote the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning which supports the learning process.
  • Develop advanced skills in management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment in schools and the district.
  • Collaborate with staff, boards of education, students, families and community members in response to diverse educational and community interests and needs, as well as mobilize community resources.
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness and ethical behavior to support and advance the development of a moral educational community.
  • Understand and respond to the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts.

Feedback from a program graduate

“The Concordia University Chicago program truly prepared me for success in my current role as superintendent. My professors were knowledgeable about PK-12 settings and the coursework they assigned was measured, applicable, and doable.”     –Phil Salemi, Superintendent, Westchester School District 92.5 

Why is Concordia-Chicago's PhD/EdD in Educational Leadership highly rated? Because it promotes professional success for its graduates:

  • 95% of respondents have reported that the program enhanced their performance as an educational leader.
  • 70% of respondents have reported that program completion led to career advancement within the educational field.
  • More than 95% of students give faculty members and coursework top ratings on anonymous end of course evaluations.
  • 100% of students completing the Concordia-Chicago Superintendent Program have passed the Illinois Licensure exams on their first attempt.
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