Doctor of Education (Ed.S/Ed.D) Educational Leadership (Non-licensure)


Professional educators involved in education and schooling who already hold leadership roles in education or those who aspire to leadership positions. This cognate is for those who desire to earn advanced professional expertise but are not seeking a school administrator’s license.

What You Learn:

The degree program has been designed to afford professionals in the field of education the opportunity to enhance and expand their knowledge base, conduct research, address current and pressing issues in education, and reinforce the competencies needed as a professional Christian leader in education.

The goal of graduate education is to prepare competent educators who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing a distinctive Christian leadership and service to students, parents, and communities.

The program builds that expertise from a core of courses in learning, development and motivation; data, accountability and leadership; organizational contexts and the use of research to drive decision-making. It is dissertation based and designed for practitioners who already hold leadership roles in education or those who aspire to leadership positions of influence through their engagement in elementary/secondary educational schooling.

How You Learn:

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership has been designed for the professional educator involved in education and schooling. There are three (3) on campus required residencies (residencies are only 2 or 3 days in length) throughout the program. All other courses are offered online. Candidates in the (Ed.D.) program are required to complete Four (IV) Transition Phases in the degree program. Each transition phase has a set of required courses the candidate will successfully complete before advancing to the next phase.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Doctor of Education- (Ed.D) Educational Leadership: Educator as a Leader degree.

Degree Requirements:

Phase I- Core Cognate Courses- No Residency Requirement

Course Title Hours
EDU 766 Developing a Quality Assurance Assessment System 3
EDU 768 Leadership in the Educational Organization 3
EDU 770 Advanced School Leadership and Public Relations 3
EDU 771 Advanced School Law and Ethics 3
EDU 772 Systems Analysis within the School 3
EDU 773 Leadership for School Conflict Resolution 3
EDU 774 Trends and the Future in Elementary/Secondary Education 3
EDU 776 Politics Of Educational Change 3
EDU 778 Historical & Philosophical Perspectives On Educational Practices 3
EDU 779 Contemporary & Global Considerations In Education 3
EDU 775 Educational Leadership Comprehensive Paper 3
  Total Educational Specialist Cognate: Educator as Leader: 33

Phase II- Introductory Program Courses- First Residency Requirement

Course Title Hours
EDU 700 Orientation Seminar/ Residency # 1 (2 Day Residency Required on Campus) 1
EDU 701 Advanced Christian Worldview 3
EDU 702 Enhanced Writing for Scholarship 2
  Ed.D. Introductory Orientation Block: 6

Phase III- Statistics & Research Design Block- No Residency Requirement

Course Title Hours
EDU 705 Research Design and Methods 3
EDU 710 Research Statistics 3
Choose 1 of 3 Advanced Research Design Courses:
EDU 712 Advanced Quantitative Statistical Designs (prerequisite 710) 3
EDU 716 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods 3
EDU 718 Advanced Mixed Design and Methods 3
  Statistics & Research Total: 9

Phase IV- Dissertation Block- Residency #2 & #3

Course Title Hours
EDU 770 Dissertation Seminar, Residency # 2) A 3 Day Residency Required Attendance on Campus 3
EDU 771 Development of Chapters 1 & 2 – Proposal Phase 3
EDU 772 Development of Chapter 3 – Method Phase 3
EDU 773 Development of Chapters 4 & 5 – Research & Results Phase 3
  Dissertation: The Oral Defense, Residency # 2) A 1 to 2 Day Residency Required on Campus 0
  Dissertation Total: 12
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Educational Leadership: Educator as a Leader - Total Credit Hours: 60

Please Note:

After completion of 33 credit hours, the student will be awarded an Ed. S- Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.