May 16, 2023

New Purdue Global doctoral program to expand access for next generation of leaders

Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation addresses growing need across many fields 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects overall employment of postsecondary instructors, college administrators, and training and development specialists will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2031.

To prepare for that growing need, Purdue Global has launched a new Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership and Innovation program designed for working adults to move forward in leadership roles.

The new EdD program will launch in June and is open to those who want to lead in nonprofits, corporate, government, higher education and K-12 settings. The 90-credit program already helps working adults by providing 30 credits for the master’s degree, resulting in a program that is 60 credits and can be completed within two years.

Career fields range from those who lead training and development, leadership development and continuing education areas, to those who work in higher education academic advising, financial aid fields and other administrative roles.

Misty LaCour, academic chair for the Department of Education and Communication in Purdue Global’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, assisted with the doctoral program’s design.

“This new program is designed to meet the needs of adult learners,” LaCour said. “The students can complete their research project that can be applied to one’s work setting, community or area of expertise. This is how you can use what you learn on a day-to-day basis.”

LaCour said the EdD program focuses more on innovation, so it will not only benefit the working adults in the program, but also their employers.

Purdue Global is Purdue's online university for working adults. Purdue Global expands on Purdue’s 21st century land-grant mission to provide educational access to all people. Purdue Global helps prepare students for what’s next in their lives and careers by offering programs that lead to a degree backed by Purdue University, especially as there are more than 40 million Americans who have earned college credit but have not completed a degree.

The new EdD program launches on June 7. For more information, please complete a form on the Purdue Global website.

About Purdue Global

Purdue Global is Purdue’s online university for working adults who have life experience and often some college credits. It offers flexible paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, military service and previous college credits, no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and backed by Purdue University. For more information, visit

Writer/Media contact: Matthew Oates, 765-496-6160,; @mo_oates

Sources: Misty LaCour, Lynn Massenzio

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