• Doctorate in Leadership (Ed.D.) Program

    Doctorate in Leadership

    Doctorate in Leadership (Ed.D.)

    The Doctorate of Education in Leadership (Ed.D.) develops enlightened, ethical leaders through academic and practical experiences. . Through study in a faith-based environment, graduates will embody skills, knowledge, and dispositions to bridge theories with research-based practices to become visionary leaders.

    This 57-hour program follows a cohort model over 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 for continuation of employment. Students will read the great books of leadership to support a breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. At the end of the program, students will take qualifying exams that require synthesis of knowledge gained through these readings, leadership coursework, and individual research. . The culminating experience for the doctoral degree involves the completion of a dissertation related to the student’s interest in a particular aspect of leadership and supervised by a professor.

    The Doctorate of Leadership program contains four distinct practices that support effective pedagogy and doctoral study, enmeshing the on-campus environment with various delivery methods:

    • Considers the cross-disciplinary nature of leadership.
      • Offers 18-hour concentrations in three areas: Higher Education Leadership, Education Leadership in Superintendency, and Educational Leadership in Health Care Professions.
    • Bridges the academy to the community.
      • Provides clear connections between academic study and real-world applications.
    • Offers a hybrid, low-residence model.
      • Meets on campus three weekends per semester, with additional faculty/student interactions through online environments.
      • Supports collegial support, enhanced camaraderie, and professional networking through a cohort model with face-to-face contact.
    • Includes three brief summer residencies.
      • Studies leadership in authentic settings in Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Austria/Germany for approximately one week each summer.
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