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Doctor of Education in Transformational Leadership and Coaching (EDD)

Upcoming Start Date

  • October 22, 2021

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

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

Program Format

Wright Graduate University delivers learning through a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous elements. Synchronous participation is required for weekend learning sessions conducted once per month at the residential campus in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, with option of in-person participation or distant participation via online meeting or telephone. Students participate asynchronously in online discussions between weekend learning sessions.


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:

  • Employ visionary transformational leadership skills as appropriate to various environments and situations.
  • Adapt transformational emergence coaching skills to a wide range of individual and group settings.
  • Conduct advanced developmental professional business training for audiences across various organizational levels.
  • Produce complex, strategic, integrative, and professional business communication.
  • Educate others on the application of principles for personal responsibility in an organizational context.
  • Compose iterative, strategic self-development for personal, career, and organizational success.
  • Employ a wide range of social-emotional intelligence skills in personal life, leadership, and coaching. 
  • Create integrative, transdisciplinary planning and problem-solving strategies using Wright Ideal State Action Planning (ISAP), Purposeful Living Process (PLP), and other technologies.


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 Project
  • 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, Analysis, and Delivery Lab 
  • Advanced Training Development, Design, and Delivery Lab
  • Advanced Transformational Coaching
  • Advanced Transformational Group Leadership
  • 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 (Please view the course descriptions, catalog, or Dissertation Manual for detailed information on the milestones required to successfully complete the dissertation portion of this program.)

Performative Learning

  • Year of More: Nourishment & Self Care Quarter
  • Year of More: Robust Relationships Quarter
  • Year of More: Personal Power Quarter
  • Year of More: Purposeful Living & Leadership Quarter
  • Group Process Training
  • Personal Emergence Process
  • Coaching Lab
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence Transformation Lab I
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence Transformation Lab II (optional laboratory course)

View course descriptions

  • Number of units/credits required for this program: 147 (including pre-requisite Master of Arts degree earned at Wright Graduate University)
  • Total Tuition and Required Fees for the entire program completed in normal time: $129,357 (including pre-requisite Master of Arts degree earned at Wright Graduate University)
  • 6-digit CIP Code for Program (from Dept. of Education): 52.1006 (Executive/Career Coaching)
  • SOC Code(s): 11-3121.00, 11-3131.00, 13-1071.00, 13-1151.00, 21-1012.00
  • The normal time in months to complete program as published in Graduate Catalog: 66-72 (including pre-requisite Master of Arts degree earned at Wright Graduate University)

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