Doctor of Education (Ed.S/Ed.D) Educational Leadership (with 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 along with the Mississippi State Administrator 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: School Administration degree. Once a student has successfully completed the Cognate Courses and has passed the School Leaders License Assessment Exam (SLLA), they will be eligible for recommendation for the Mississippi Administrator License.

Degree Requirements:

Phase I- Core Cognate Courses- No Residency Requirement

Course Title Hours
EDU 744 School and Community Relations 3
EDU 745 Enhancing Curriculum & Instructional Capacity 3
EDU 746 School Law And Ethical Principles 3
EDU 750 Leadership & Management for Effective & Efficient Schools 3
EDU 755 Equity and Cultural Leadership 3
EDU 757 Assessment for Continuous School Improvement 3
EDU 767 Operations and Fiscal Management 3
EDU 769 Human Resource Leadership 3
EDU 777 Principal Internship I 3
EDU 775/785 Educational Leadership Comprehensive Paper 3
EDU 778 Principal Internship II 3
  Total Educational Specialist Cognate: School Administration: 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 2 Advanced Research Design Courses:
EDU 712 Advanced Quantitative Statistical Designs (prerequisite 710) 3
EDU 716 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods 3
  Statistics & Research Total: 9

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

Course Title Hours
EDU 780 Dissertation Seminar, Residency # 2) A 3 Day Residency Required Attendance on Campus 3
EDU 781 Development of Chapters 1 & 2 – Proposal Phase 3
EDU 782 Development of Chapter 3 – Method Phase 3
EDU 783 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: School Administration - Total Credit Hours: 60

Please Note:

To complete this program, candidates must pass the SLLA (School Leaders License Assessment) before Belhaven will make a recommendation for the Mississippi Administrator’s License.

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

EDU 775 is for candidates not moving on to the Ed.D program. Ed.D candidates will take EDU 785 in phase II.