Doctor of Education in Leadership

Our doctoral candidates often enter the HSU Doctorate in Leadership program with well-developed character and years of experience. Our doctoral program is designed to promote further character development and the connection of organizational and educational theories to real world organizations and teaching functions. In the end, we produce effective and ethical leaders. HSU’s inherent Christian foundation and values provide the perfect base for fostering exemplary character essential for leadership.

Our 57-hour, fully-online program is designed to be completed in three to four years. The cross-disciplinary nature of the program accepts students from any fully-accredited master’s degree. Students complete six hours of coursework each fall, spring, and summer, allowing them to  continue with their employment unimpeded. Our students read the great books of leadership to support a breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. Complete the “request information” form on this page to receive more information about the program.

Why HSU?

  • $495 per credit hour – affordable, high-quality education
  • Advance your career options
  • Dissertation integrated into coursework
  • Higher Education concentration
  • Fall, spring, and summer rolling admissions
  • Up to 12 hours may be transferred from an unfinished degree
  • Up to 6 hours may be transferred from a completed doctoral degree
  • 57 hours, fully online
  • 3-4 year program

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Scott E Hamm Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Online Education

Dr. Scott Hamm

Director of Doctorate in Leadership, Director of Online Programs, Assistant Professor of Education

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Degrees

  • Doctorate of Education in Leadership (Ed.D.)

Highlights of the Doctorate in Leadership at HSU

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Fully Online

Our courses are fully online, highly interactive, and uniquely faith based. Our students can continue full employment while earning their doctorate.

Real-world Applications

Alongside HSU faculty members, leaders in various professional organizations and entities will co-teach courses, providing clear connections between academic study and real-world applications.

Gina Shipley-HSU Doctor of Leadership

Program Details

All core courses and course descriptions for the Doctor of Education in Leadership can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Higher Education Leadership Course Descriptions

EDHE 7320 Pedagogy and Program Design in Higher Education
This course links the essential theories of pedagogy to effective instructional practices and program design based on standards. Students will apply current concepts of teaching, learner characteristics, learning environments, and delivery systems to the design, development, and assessment of courses, programs, or core requirements based on trends and assessment data. Students will develop the skills to be effective mentors who facilitate professional growth.

EDHE 7325 Assessment in Higher Education
This course focuses on the philosophy and practice of effective assessment and evaluation in higher education. Students will design and implement assessment methods and practices that support state, regional, and federal accountability measures and lead to ongoing improvement in personnel and instructional practices in the local university setting. Particular emphasis will be placed on using data to drive change and the decision-making process.

EDHE 7330 Business Management and Finance in Higher Education
This course focuses on the study of roles, responsibilities, systems, and procedures in higher education business matters. Students will examine the sources of revenues, types of expenditures, budgeting and accounting practices, tuition pricing, human resource management, cost containment strategies, effects of the economy, and state and federal funding of higher education institutions.

EDHE 7335 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
This course investigates the legislation and litigation, which forms the basis of education at the national, state, and local levels. Students will examine historical and current decisions rendered by federal and state courts concerning procedural and substantive due process, civil rights, special populations, parent and student rights, and contractual legalities.

EDHE 7340 Student Services in Higher Education
This course focuses on the theoretical basis and best practices of student services in higher education with particular emphasis on financial aid, retention, recruitment, student activities, support services, and residence life. Students will develop an understanding of the changing demographics and characteristics of college students in relation to academic, social, physical, and spiritual needs.

EDHE 7345/EDAD 7345 Critical Issues in Education (cross listed)
This course will investigate the duties, behaviors, and impact of the administrative leadership and organizational structure of various types of K-12, health care, and higher education institutions.  Students will consider the influence of academic, political, legal, governmental, financial, and community factors on institutional decisions and leader effectiveness.

EDUC 8310 Dissertation/Professional Project I This course begins the independent application of research, design, and methodology that leads to an original research study or professional project under the guidance of a professor in the field of study. The doctoral student will synthesize the knowledge and skills developed in previous research courses, core leadership courses, and concentration courses to develop and defend his/her proposal for the doctoral dissertation/professional project process.

EDUC 8320 Dissertation/Professional Project II This course is a continued, independent application of research, design, and methodology that leads to an original research study or professional project under the guidance of a professor in the field of study. The doctoralstudent will synthesize the knowledge and skills developed in previous research courses, core leadership courses, and concentration courses to design, implement, publish, and defend his/her apply dissertation/professional project.

EDUC 8225 Cont. Enrollment for Diss/Prof Projects This course allows the doctoral student to enroll in additional semesters to complete work on the dissertation/professional project as needed. The student will continue to work under the guidance of a professor in the field of study. Prerequisite EDUC 8310 and EDUC 8320.

Interested students should submit the following documents online (unless otherwise noted) to support our admission requirements:

  • Request official transcripts from each institution you attended, even if you did not graduate. Mail to: Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 16050, 2200 Hickory Street, Abilene, Texas 79698.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at completion of a master’s program
    • 3.0-3.49 GPA students can be admitted on a provisional basis
  • Additional scores required for students whose native language is other than English: score of 250 on the computer version of TOEFL, score of 5 on the TWE, score of 50 on the TSE. Request official test scores be mailed to: Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 16050, 2200 Hickory Street, Abilene, Texas 79698.
  • Recommendation forms from three people qualified to assess your abilities and potential for the program.
  • Resume or curriculum vita documenting educational background, professional experience, employment history, certifications, professional development, honors/achievements, and community service.
  • A 500-600-word personal statement written by you addressing your personal and professional goals for graduate study and leadership. Your response should give careful attention to academic style and content and should be submitted in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
  • Signed Ethics Statement
  • Letter of Employer Support, completed and signed by your current employer
  • Signed Criminal Background Check Release Form
  • Signed General Global Consent Form (for International Applicants Only)
  • $50 application fee for international students through your application portal

Following a review of the application, applicants may be contacted to schedule a phone or video conference interview.

Depending on the concentration, our graduates go on to employment in student services in higher education settings, K-12 superintendent leadership positions, professors in leadership, higher education, and university administration.