Doctor of Education (Ed.D)- Educational Leadership


Professional educators involved in education and schooling who already hold 30 hours above their Master’s degree as an earned Education Specialist degree and would like to obtain their Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

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 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 degree.

Degree Requirements:

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
EDU 785 Ed.D Leadership Comprehensive Paper 3
  Ed.D. Introductory Orientation Block: 9

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 - Total Credit Hours: 30