Program Highlights & Benefits
For Education Specialists who would like to obtain a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Can complete coursework in 2.5 years or less
Online courses with on campus residencies
Transfer credits considered
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.
Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Doctorate of Education degree (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership & Supervision. This degree can lead to advanced leadership positions such as Superintendent (must have an administrative license), Chief Learning Officer, Training & Development Manager, and Chief Academic Officer.
Phase I: Professional Advanced Education Courses (Education Specialist – Ed.S.) 33 Hrs
Once a candidate has completed the Ed.S. degree, professional advanced course work, and if in good standing and eligible, up to 33 hours of the Belhaven University Ed.S. degree may be applied to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. The candidate has the option to continue and seamlessly transition into the Ed.D. program. Up to 30 credit hours from another institution’s approved Ed.S. program may be applied.
EDU 785 as a “Leveling Course” will be required of those coming into the ED.D. program with an earned ED.S. degree received from another institution of higher education having an approved/ recognized ED.S. degree program. A maximum of 30 credit hours from an Ed.S. degree will be considered for credit applied to the Belhaven University School of Education Ed.D. degree.
Phase II- Introductory & Orientation Courses to the Ed.D. Program. 6 Hrs
These three courses are included as part of residency 1 (R1) a 3 day residency on campus. These three courses also require pre and post residency course work.
|EDU 700(R1)||Ed.D. Orientation Seminar||1|
|EDU 701(R1)||Advanced Christian Worldview||3|
|EDU 702(R1)||Enhanced Writing For Scholarship||2|
|Ed.D. Introductory Orientation Block:||6|
Phase III- Research and Methods Courses. 9 Hrs
|EDU 705||Research Design and Methods||3|
|EDU 710||Research Statistics||3|
|Candidate selects 1 of 2 courses either: EDU 712 or EDU 716:|
|EDU 712||Advanced Quantitative Statistical Designs||3|
|EDU 716||Advanced Qualitative Research Methods||3|
|Research & Methods Block:||9|
Phase IV- Dissertation Block. Minimum 12 Hrs
Residency 2 is a 3 day residency on campus required to prepare for dissertation research and writing. Dissertation course hours are taken in sixteen (16) week blocks. Each block equals one semester.
|EDU 780(R2)||Dissertation seminar – Development of prospectus/IRB||3|
|EDU 781||Ed.D. Dissertation Block 1 – Development Chapters 1 & 2 – Proposal Phase||3|
|EDU 782||Ed.D. Dissertation Block 2 – Development Chapter 3 – Method Phase||3|
|EDU 783||Ed.D. Dissertation Block 3 – Development Chapters 4 & 5 Research/Results Phase||3|
|Residency 3 (R3)||Oral Defense – A 1 To 2 Day Residency On Campus||0|
|EDU 784||Supplementary Dissertation Hours (as needed). Minimum Dissertation Hrs Required: 12hrs – Additional Dissertation Hours May Be Needed||3|
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:
|Total Ed.D. Doctoral Degree Credit Hours (Minimum):||60|