Program Overview

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree program is designed to prepare professional educators for executive positions in higher education settings. Possible career opportunities for those with EdD degrees include those as superintendents or elementary and secondary-school administrators. Graduates of the program should be prepared to lead effectively and from a Christian grounding in a range of organizations and agencies. This program may be appropriate for those serving as or wishing to become supervisors of instruction, superintendents, or principals of various levels of education.

This program is able to be completed primarily online, allowing a degree of flexibility scheduling and access to course materials to working professionals. Both the EdD and PhD programs require the same credit totals, but the PhD option is more research oriented and is intended for those seeking careers in research and advanced research methodologies. Candidates entering the program should be able to transfer up to 42 hours of credit from previous graduate work, should they gain approval to do so.

In order to complete this program, those enrolled must earn a minimum of 90 hours of credit and complete and submit a portfolio and dissertation. The portfolio serves as part of the doctoral comprehensive examination. In regard to the dissertation, students must first enroll in a Dissertation Proposal Development course before taking at least one dissertation credit each semester until it is fully defended.

Of the 90 credits required by the program, candidates must complete 18 hours of work in the area of core requirements, 13 in research, 16 towards the dissertation, 14 towards the concentration, and 12 to cognates, which are courses taken from disciplines outside of the core of educational administration.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited


    Applicants should have earned a Master’s Degree or its equivalent from an accredited university with adequate preparation for the proposed doctoral specialty and have at least a 3.0 overall GPA

    School Overview

    From the very start, back in 1874, Andrews University has placed serious scholarship, quality research and a strong focus on practical Christianity first on the list of things they think are important about attendance at a Christian university. Mr. Goodloe Bell, a teacher, started a tiny school with only 12 students in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was the birth of what is now known as Andrews University, later named after John Nevins Andrews (1829–1883), the biggest thinker in the 19th-century Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today, Andrews is the best-known Adventist educational institution in the world.

    Andrews boasts about 130 academic options to choose from, quality professors who care about your success, and lots of resources to keep students on track. They provide hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom, and personal attention from faculty as a result of our small class-size and low student-faculty ratio.

    The School of Distance Education extends access to Adventist education beyond campus, community and national boundaries. We support our faculty and students around the world by promoting best practices in distance education and international partnerships, and by creating a virtual community designed to nurture learning. The School of Distance Education serves Andrews University by providing leadership, faculty and student support, and professional resources in the following areas: educational technology, distance education, compliance and off-campus programs.


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