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Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation

Program Vision & Mission

Our vision is to promote a future where professionals from various fields lead positive systemic change efforts that result in high-performing, innovative, and inclusive environments.

Our mission is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to thrive as scholar-practitioners and leaders within their professional fields. Our approach to education is interdisciplinary, and we believe that different backgrounds and knowledge bases contribute to well-rounded and diverse ways of thinking and leading. We value reflection, innovation, and inquiry to examine complex problems and to effectively develop solutions to promote positive and sustainable change.

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Program Vision & Mission





Class Type:
100% Online, 8-week courses 

Next Start Date:
June 2, 2025

Application Deadline:
May 15, 2025


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Katie Duran
Katie Duran

Director of Graduate & Online Enrollment
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Phone Number: 402-719-8838

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Program Information & Outcomes

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership and Innovation is a rigorous program designed for mid-career professionals from a range of industries who are interested in driving positive systemic change within their organizations. This program is a 100% online cohort-based program designed for working professionals. Students who are accepted into the program bring real-world professional challenges with them. This program challenges students to develop professional inquiry skills and to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Through a comprehensive curriculum and applied research, students develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to identify and pose evidence-based solutions to complex organizational and societal problems. The Walker School of Education’s EdD program develops leaders who communicate, collaborate, and innovate to drive positive systemic change.

Program Outcomes
  • Students will assess leadership theories and models that promote the success of individuals, organizations, and communities.
  • Students will examine complex equity and social justice issues and propose appropriate solutions to enhance a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion for individuals, organizations, and communities.
  • Students will demonstrate collaboration and professional communication skills that promote building partnerships in their communities.
  • Students will apply ethical decision-making frameworks to propose solutions for complex problems that affect individuals, organizations, and communities.
  • Throughout their coursework and Dissertation in Practice, students will combine practical knowledge, inquiry, research, and theory to apply and construct knowledge that leads to positive change in the lives of individuals, organizations, and communities.
  • Students will articulate concepts that influence innovation and select effective strategies for developing and sustaining change within an organization.

Midland University’s EdD program is not designed to meet the educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification that is required for employment in an occupation. As such, Midland has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.




"This program has helped me become a better educator and it’s caused me to dig into research and other problems I normally wouldn’t have. It has helped me to become a better version of myself."




"Every class takes me further looking into tomorrow and helps me see what innovative things I am going to bring every day to my workplace. It’s going to help me be a better leader in the future."




"I chose Midland because it is focused on student success, and fosters innovation while applying what you are learning into your field."




"This program is focused on the students, and developing students to make lasting, positive changes in the community. I could not have chosen a more supportive, innovative, and forward thinking university."

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Career Outlook

Earning a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree at Midland University prepares graduates for leadership roles in a variety of industries with a focus on fostering positive systemic change in diverse settings. A doctoral degree qualifies candidates for advanced roles in the following areas: K-12 education, higher education, human services, healthcare, business, government agencies, and nonprofit sectors. The EdD equips students with credibility, respect, and hands-on experience transforming organizations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for school administrators and related professionals are expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate through the year 2030. Earning an EdD degree prepares students for jobs such as:

  • College President
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Provost
  • K-12 Principal
  • Academic Dean
  • Professor
  • Executive Director of Education
  • Non-Profit Director
  • Training and Development Manager


Midland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604-1411, (800) 621-7440, and the Department of Higher Education of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Individual programs are accredited by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, and the Nebraska State Department of Education. Documentation of accreditation may be viewed upon request in the Office of the President.

Office Hours Podcast

The Office Hours with Midland University Online podcast highlights the great programs and people involved with Midland Online. Additional episodes can be found on the Office Hours Podcast page.

Office Hours with Jill Frederick

This episode features Jill Frederick, the first student admitted to our Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation program. Join our chat about our favorite books, what it really means to be an educator, and maintaining balance.

Office Hours With Holly Murphy

In this episode, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Holly Murphy, a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation student who has worked to create positive change for over a decade. Join our conversation about what education looks like today and how educators are making a difference.

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