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EdD in Organizational Leadership

Organizations around the world in various domains like education, business, civil society, and government are challenged by unprecedented complexity.  What is demanded of organizational leaders now is often far beyond their current capabilities.  The Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Meridian responds to this capability gap. The curriculum design enables students to cultivate an ecology of competencies in support of their own capabilities as leaders, as well as in coaching other leaders and consulting with teams and organizations. Students in this program work with faculty who are highly skilled practitioners and are deeply engaged in transformative projects.  

The Organizational Leadership Doctorate at Meridian entails five elements:

  1. Leadership Capacities

  2. Creative Inquiry Skills

  3. Transformative Learning Praxis

  4. Cultural Leadership and Cultural Transformation

  5. Transforming Education as a Profession

The Educational Objectives for the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership:

  1. To cultivate leadership capacities that promote creative and cultural transformation within organizations.

  2. To develop creative inquiry skills that promote innovation in organizations.

  3. To develop competencies required to facilitate transformative learning with an understanding of human development across multiple domains of practice and levels of human systems.

  4. To develop research competencies required to lead cultural and social transformation in service of regenerating the local and global commons.

  5. To develop competencies required to design curricula with transformative assessments and lead educational organizations and initiatives at a local and global scale.

The Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Reflexivity: The capacity to engage with and be aware of the structures of consciousness that shape and constitute our experience.

  2. Empathy: The capacity to imagine into the other's experience.

  3. Collaborativity: The capacity to associate with others in ways that foster individuality, autonomy, complexity, dependability,and reciprocity.

  4. Communication & Facilitation Skills: Skills that enable creative responses to challenges entailing high complexity, uncertainty, and ambiguity in organizational, leadership, and educational contexts.

  5. Culture: Knowledge of stories, values, and taboos that constitute how culture shapes individual and collective experiencewithin educational and other organizations.

  6. Social Justice and Diversity: Identify the consequences and antecedents of injustice and oppression in cultural, organizational,and educational contexts, informed by transdisciplinary perspectives.

  7. Organizational Leadership: Apply cutting edge theory about leadership and organizational structure and change in varyingcontexts; understand and utilize best practices for prompting increased educational effectiveness, sustainability, and humanity in a variety of organizations, institutions, and communities.

  8. Educational Assessment: Apply understanding of educational assessment theory and practice that includes critical analysis of current trends in policy and practice, via consideration of the political and social contexts in which the assessment is utilized. Practice effective selection and analysis of data for institutional and individual development and learning.

  9. Research: Utilize educational research in professional practice and decision-making with a critical-reflective understanding of its values and limits. Become an active member of the scientific research community as a consumer and producer of research.

  10. Educational Theory and Practice: Identify key trends in educational philosophy and theory, both historically and ideologically, and link these insights to contemporary approaches to teaching and learning. Differentiate models of educational reform and various instances of progressive education, including models of curriculum development and how these relate to different political contexts and unique times and places.

  11. Teaching Praxis and Learning Theory: Understand and apply principles, theories, and models from learning theory and human development to teaching, coaching, and organizational consulting praxis.

 Graduation Requirements for Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership:

  • Students are required to complete 92 credits (920 hours).
  • Students are required to attend 5 residencies.
  • Students are expected to complete a Creative Action Project.
  • The completion of an original research Dissertation is required.
  • Students have a maximum of eight years from their initial date of enrollment to complete this degree.

 Curriculum Overview

 First Year
 Second Year
  • Transformative Education I
  • Human Development I
  • Leadership & Creative Inquiry I
  • Curriculum Development I
  • Diversity & Cultural Praxis II
  • Collaborative & Cultural Leadership I
  • Research Practicum I 
 Winter    Winter
  • Transformative Education II
  • Human Development II
  • Leadership & Creative Inquiry II
  • Curriculum Development II
  • Diversity & Cultural Praxis III
  • Collaborative & Cultural Leadership II
  • Research Practicum II
Spring   Spring
  • Transformative Education III
  • Research Methods
  • Leadership & Creative Inquiry III
  • Human Development III
  • Collaborative & Cultural Leadership III
  • Research Practicum III
Summer   Summer
  • Diversity & Cultural Praxis I
  • Transforming Educational Organizations I
  • Leadership & Creative Inquiry IV
  • Assessment of Educational Effectiveness I
  • Transforming Educational Organizations II
  • Collaborative & Cultural Leadership IV
  • Research Practicum IV
Third Year
  • Leadership for Whole-System Transitions I
  • Education & Generative Entrepreneurship
  • Educational Innovation & Liminal Processes I
  • Leadership for Whole-System Transitions II
  • Assessment of Educational Effectiveness II
  • Educational Innovation & Liminal Processes II
  • Research Practicum V
  • Democracy, Conflict, & Sustainability I
  • Educational Innovation & Liminal Processes III
  • Research Practicum VI
  • Transforming Educational Organizations III
  • Democracy, Conflict, & Sustainability II
  • Educational Innovation & Liminal Processes IV

This overview is illustrative only and is only intended to give prospective students an initial and illustrative view of the type of coursework that could potentially be combined to complete a specific degree program.


The following concentrations are available in the Transformative Leadership program:

  • Transformative Leadership
  • Developmental Coaching
  • Health Coaching
  • Transformative Learning
  • Social Artistry

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