Program Overview

The Doctor of Education program at Southeastern University is a program ideal for educators wishing to become advanced and qualified leaders in the educational field.  The program has a Christian foundation, and students will explore what it means to live out Christian morals through their vocation as well as the idea of servant-leadership.  Students will potentially gain skills that are important to careers involving leadership and decision-making skills, and using Christian core foundations. The program will present how leaders in education can make a difference in educational institutions.

The program consists of four components: doctoral core, research core, a concentration, and a dissertation.  Doctoral core courses will study areas that include the ethics and principles of leadership, methods in teaching and mentoring, the foundations and management of organizations, and public policy.  The research core involves courses on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods in research.  Students can then choose an area of concentration in order to gain more focused skills related to their career goals.  Areas of concentration are Curriculum and Instruction, Public School Leadership, Christian School Leadership, and Organizational Leadership/Management.  Finally, students will complete a dissertation as well as comprehensive oral and written exams.

Upon approval by the evaluation committee, students can transfer courses from other schools towards their chosen area of concentration, though all other credit hours must be taken at SEU.  Most courses can be taken online, though there are two on-campus intensive courses each summer during the program as well as a live defense of the dissertation.  Following completion of the program, students can pursue a number of career possibilities (depending on the concentration area) that include school superintendent, college instructor or administrator, curriculum specialist, organizational leader, and others.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Southeastern University was established in 1935 in Alabama with the purpose of training pastors and missionaries, and later relocated to Lakeland in 1946. Today, the co-educational, private, not-for-profit liberal arts university continues to promote Christianity through well-rounded programs, including regularly scheduled chapel services, volunteer service, music programs, clubs and organizations, and intercollegiate and intramural sports.

    Southeastern University offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and has developed an online program to cater to the needs of working Christian adults pursuing bachelor's and master's degrees.


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