The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), primarily an online program with some face-to-face requirements, is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults by providing a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. Undergirding the program are four key components: critical thinking, scholarly research that informs practice, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview. All students must complete a culminating experience: the submission and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation. Students possessing an Ed.S. or equivalent may be admitted to the Ed.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master’s transcript(s).
The online Doctor of Education with a concentration in Advanced Educational Leadership is designed for students who already have an administrative endorsement or who have no intention of seeking the endorsement through the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Offering the benefit of a more individualized doctoral program, the Ed.D. with a concentration in Advanced Educational Leadership invites executive educational leaders to prepare for a variety of positions: superintendent, educational consultant, entrepreneur, privatized educational leader, educational policy designer, or international educational reformer with a heart for changing nations via educational systems.
Length: 66 credit hour minimum (an additional 35 or more hours beyond the Ed.S. or its equivalent)
Format: Offered in a cohort model, students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Courses are delivered online with some required face-to-face components. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Advanced Educational Leadership. The Ed.S. is awarded after completion of 31 credit hours. The Doctor of Education degree is awarded after completion of 66+ credit hours.
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Superintendency & Administration
Education Consultation & Entrepreneurship
Educational Policy Design