May 22, 2019
The doctoral programs in Educational Leadership prepare participants for professional careers in education as superintendents or elementary and secondary-school administrators. These programs also prepare leaders for service in many types of agencies and organizations. Both the Doctor of Education (EdD) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs require a minimum of 90 credits and the submission of a research based article to a peer-reviewed publication. However, the PhD degree is more research-oriented and requires more courses in advanced research methodologies. Those specifically served by this degree are the following:
- Teachers with master’s degrees interested in transitioning into educational administration and securing an additional degree while completing their NAD administration certification and endorsement.
- Principals of K–8, K–10, K–12, and 9–12 schools
- Supervisors of instruction
- Superintendents of schools
- Those interested in teaching Educational Administration at the higher education level
Candidates must complete LEAD 630 - Introduction to Leadership as an introduction to the philosophy of leadership and review of the standards that will guide their educational plan. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 90 semester credits beyond the baccalaureate degree and requires the completion of a portfolio and a dissertation. Many courses are offered as variable credits; therefore, candidates should consider their credit needs when planning their course work and registering for courses. The portfolio serves as a component of the doctoral comprehensive examination. Both doctorates require the successful completion of a dissertation. Beginning the semester after registering for LEAD 880 - Dissertation Proposal Development , candidates must register for at least 1 dissertation credit during each semester until their dissertation is successfully defended.
This program is offered online. The online courses follow fixed enrollment with semester start and end dates. Participants interact with each other and with instructor throughout all courses. The online program requires summer on-campus attendance in the first year. Students are also encouraged to come to campus for graduation.
Option 1: Total Credits - 60
This option is for students with an Educational Leadership MA degree.
Option 2: Total Credits - 90
This option is for students that do not have an Educational Leadership MA degree.
Degree Core - 18
- EDAL 520 - Foundations of Educational Leadership Credits: 2,3
- LEAD 630 - Introduction to Leadership Credits: 2
- EDAL 645 - K–12 Educational Finance Credits: 2,3
- EDAL 670 - Technology for Leaders Credits: 3
- EDCI 547 - Foundations of Curriculum Studies Credits: 3
- Or EDCI 565 - Improving Instruction Credits: 2,3
- EDFN 500 - Philosophical Foundations for Professionals Credits: 2,3
- 1-3 Credits of LEAD 775 - Advanced Portfolio Development: (Topic)_____ Credits: 1–12
- 3 Credits of EDAL 886 - Advanced K-12 Internship Credits: 1–12
Concentration - 22
- EDAL 560 - K–12 Law Credits: 3
- EDAL 565 - Leadership for Seventh-day Adventist Education Credits: 2
- EDAL 570 - Principles of Educational Supervision Credits: 2,3
- EDAL 660 - Planning and Operating Educational Facilities Credits: 2–3
- EDAL 635 - Human Resources Administration Credits: 2,3
- EDAL 664 - Elementary School Leadership Credits: 2,3
- Or EDAL 665 - Secondary School Leadership Credits: 2,3
- LEAD 525 - Public Relations: Community Partnerships Credits: 2,3
- LEAD 645 - Ethical Leadership & Organizational Integrity Credits: 1–3
- LEAD 778 - Global Education Study Tour Credits: 6
Research - 19
- EDRM 505 - Research Methods Credits: 3
- EDRM 605 - Qualitative Research Methods in Education and Psychology Credits: 3
- EDRM 611 - Applied Statistical Methods I Credits: 3
- EDRM 712 - Applied Statistical Methods II Credits: 3
- EDRM 636 - Program Evaluation Credits: 3
- 2 Credits of LEAD 535 - Principles of Academic Writing Credits: 1–3
- LEAD 637 - Issues in Research Credits: 2,3
Cognates - 15
Choose from outside Educational Administration, such as Business, Communication, Social Work, Psychology, Curriculum, Leadership, Research, or transfer credits.
Dissertation - 16
- LEAD 880 - Dissertation Proposal Development Credits: 2
- LEAD 899 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1–14
As needed, in consultation with your advisor.
Advanced standing for doctoral degrees from the Department of Leadership may be granted when those accepted into a program have post-masters and/or doctoral education and leadership experiences that allow them to fulfill a portion of the required coursework and/or competency/standard/outcome requirements. Previous doctoral degree(s), post-masters’ academic work, especially research courses, documented competencies, and leadership skills and knowledge advantage these applicants in fulfilling program objectives that may be used to reduce the MA+60 credit requirements. Credit reductions are granted on a case-by-case basis.