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Doctor of Education in Transformational Leadership and Coaching (EDD)

Program length, credits, and courses includes Wright Graduate University's Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and Coaching, which is a prerequisite for admission to the Ed.D. program. 


Length of Program (including prerequisite M.A. program)

  • 66-72 months (depending on length of comprehensive qualifying exams and dissertation)
  • 147 quarter credit hours


Upcoming Start Date

  • October 25, 2019



Wright Graduate University's Doctor of Education (EdD) in Transformational Leadership and Coaching prepares graduates to apply their advanced scholar practitioner skills as leaders in a wide range of fields including coaching, education, business, training, and human services.

Through the doctoral program, you build and employ the skills to bring out the best in yourself and those you lead and coach. As a graduate, you are trained to develop, implement, and assess transformational vision and strategy for individuals and—depending on your interest and experience for groups and institutions—facilitating the development of learning organizations and enhancing quality of life in a wide array of fields.

You develop the skills to assess the current state and challenges of the individuals or groups you coach and/or lead, determine their vision and pathways to realize the vision, and facilitate the implementation and assessment of solutions to individual or organizational challenges using coaching and a wide array of leadership skills to motivate individuals and teams to their highest potential.


Learning Objectives

Upon successful program completion, you will be prepared to:


  • Demonstrate in-depth, advanced knowledge of the fields of human development, Adlerian theory, human potential theory, existentialism, educational theory, neuroscience and other research as they inform your own growth and the theory and practice of transformational coaching and leadership.
  • Analyze Wright Integrative theories and methods, systems theory, human development theories, Adlerian theory, humanistic and existential theory, educational theory, neuroscience and other research in applied research projects and doctoral dissertation related to transformational coaching and leadership.
  • Apply and integrate human development theories, Adlerian theory, humanistic and existential theory, educational theory, neuroscience and other research in application and research.
  • Demonstrate academic skills of integrative and critical thinking, emphasizing comprehension of academic material and critical evaluation of theories and methods.
  • Analyze a broad range of research designs, methods, and resources for conducting applied research in the fields of transformational leadership and coaching.
  • Conduct applied doctoral dissertation research project that contributes to the fields of transformational coaching and leadership and to one’s professional/career development and expertise as a scholar-practitioner.
  • Demonstrate personal and professional development throughout the program through engagement in weekly performative learning activities associated with course themes and concepts. Learning is demonstrated through experiential exercises, classroom interactions, weekly written discussions, and development of personal narratives summarizing growth and learning.
  • Apply Wright Integrative theories, principles, and methods of transformational coaching and lead¬ership, including emergence coaching principles and related competencies, evolating theory, the Wright developmental framework, and grounded theory and grounded leadership methods.
  • Develop one’s leadership and coaching competencies and applications in one’s career and life, as demonstrated by participation in classroom interactions, experiential exercises, weekly online assignments and discussions, and ongoing supervised work coaching and leading others.


Academic Coursework

  • Introduction to the Six Core Disciplines of Wright Integrative Learning in Transformational Coaching & Leadership
  • Foundations of Human Development & Emotional Intelligence for Coaching & Leadership
  • Foundations of Human Relationships for Coaching & Leadership
  • Coaching & Leadership Approaches to Developing Personal Power
  • Purposeful Living in Coaching & Leadership
  • Scholarly Inquiry & Critical Thinking
  • Transformational Leadership & Group Dynamics
  • Professional & Leadership Coaching
  • Processes of Transformation in Coaching & Leadership
  • Master’s Capstone
  • Advanced Developmental Approaches to Facilitating Human Emergence & Performance in Leadership & Coaching
  • Advanced Adlerian Approaches to Leadership & Coaching in Human Emergence & Performance
  • Existential & Humanistic Approaches Applied to Coaching & Leadership
  • Systems Assessment, Intervention & Design
  • Training Development Lab 
  • Advanced Training Development Lab
  • Advanced Applied Transformational Group Leadership & Coaching I
  • Advanced Applied Transformational Group Leadership & Coaching II
  • Research Methodologies and Design I
  • Research Methodologies and Design II
  • Comprehensive Qualifying Exams (AC511 - Upon successfully passing these exams, students will become Doctoral Candidates)
  • Dissertation

Performative Learning

  • Year of More: Nourishment & Self Care Quarter
  • Year of More: Family & Intimacy Quarter
  • Year of More: Personal Power Quarter
  • Year of More: Purposeful Living & Spiritual Development Quarter
  • Group Process Training
  • Peer Empowerment Training
  • Coaching Lab
  • Emotional Intelligence Transformation Lab
  • Social Intelligence Transformation Lab

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