Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership degree is dissertation-based and intended for practitioners who presently hold leadership roles in education or those who aspire to leadership positions of influence through positions in elementary/secondary educational school settings. This Doctoral Educational Leadership degree program is based on 60-credit hours of post-master degree study that incorporates a 12 credit hour research dissertation.  The degree program has been designed to afford professionals in the field of education the opportunity to enhance and expand their knowledge base, conduct research, address current and pressing issues in education, and reinforce the competencies needed as a professional Christian leader in education. 

The degree has been designed for educational leaders, whether teachers or administrators at the K-12 level, in public or private schools who desire to advance as educational leaders, as well as foster and apply new research in the field of elementary and secondary education.

Course Delivery Format

In addition to the online courses, Belhaven University has included three residency sessions. Residency sessions are two or three day meetings taken on the main campus location at strategic periods throughout the Ed.D. plan of study. These three residency sessions allow candidates to have real-time experiences with their professors and develop a network of professional friendships with other candidates in the program.  The residency modules have been scheduled to coincide with four stages in the Ed.D. program, called Phases.  

  • Phase I: Professional Specialized Courses the initial 33 credit hours of core content courses taken online (equates to the Ed.S. degree). 
  • Phase II: Pre-Dissertation & Orientation to the Ed.D.- Residency 1 (R1).
  • Phase III: Statistics & Research Design Phase (no residency requirement/courses taken online).
  • Phase IV: Dissertation Phase - Residency 2 (R2) and Residency 3 (R3). Residency 2 is taken in conjunction with the candidate’s research and the writing of the dissertation, and address the various stages of chapter development.  This design allows for personal one-on-one and face-to-face dissertation advisement.  Residency 3 is for the defense of the dissertation at the end of the program.

Belhaven University and the K-12 Teachers Alliance are excited to partner in offering Belhaven’s graduate education degrees.

Admission Information

Applicants will be evaluated to determine those who possess the personal qualities and dispositions, academic acumen, and professional experiences to suggest a compelling potential for success as doctoral candidate and to advance as educational leaders. The following information will be required to complete an applicant’s Application Portfolio:

  • Have an earned specialist's degree in education or related field, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants are required to submit an essay identifying and describing a contemporary educational trend or issue and its associated challenges and impact on the field of education. In a 3-5 page essay, describe why the trend or issue is significant and worthy of research. The essay is to be completed in APA format.
  • Submission of three professional letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of documentation of a minimum of three years’ experience in a PK-12 education context.
  • *Submission of Millers Analogy Test (MAT) scores or Graduate Record (GRE) less than five years old.
  • Copy of their current standard teaching license.

*Due to testing limitations related to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Belhaven is temporarily waiving the MAT/GRE test requirement. This temporary waiver applies to summer 2020 and fall 2020 applicants.

Curriculum Summary

View Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

These rates are for August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
EdS/EdD $535

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We look forward to receiving your application! Please follow the steps on the How Do I Apply page to see how easy it is to submit your application to Belhaven University.