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Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Leadership

Program Details

The online Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Leadership program is intended for classroom educators, school administrators, district personnel, and other individuals seeking professional expertise in leadership.  The program is meant to meet the demand for educators among administrative ranks and in the classroom who have a high degree of expertise in school improvement, research, and professional learning.  Students also develop the research skills necessary to improve student achievement in schools which is critical due to the need for leadership frameworks, curriculum models, and instructional practices that are supported by research.  Graduates are able to identify problems in the schools, employ research strategies, analyze data, and make appropriate program revisions that positively impact student learning and achievement.


  • Must hold at least a master’s degree from an accredited United States institution, or the equivalent from an international institution
  • GPA of at least 3.5 on all graduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirement for a graduate degree
  • Satisfactory scores on the general portion (Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning) of the Revised GRE with a satisfactory score on the Analytical Writing component
  • Four years of experience in a school setting or in a leadership role in the private sector
  • No criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher, counseling or leadership certifications

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation