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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Advanced Educational Leadership









Degree Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education, primarily an online program with some face-to-face requirements, is designed to facilitate adult learning styles in a specialized field of education. Capitalizing on critical thinking, scholarly research that informs practice, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview, this degree is primarily reserved for those interested in adding research skills in their vocations. After successfully negotiating the candidacy examination, 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 Ph.D. program with advanced standing after a review of their post-master's transcripts.

Concentration Description

The online Doctor of Philosophy 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 Ph.D. with a concentration in Advanced Educational Leadership invites executive educational leaders who desire additional research skills in their preparation for a variety of positions: educational consultant, entrepreneur, privatized educational leader, educational policy designer, educational researcher, or international educational reformer with a heart for changing nations via educational systems.

Program Highlights

Length: 75 credit hour minimum
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 Philosophy in Education degree with a concentration in Advanced Educational Leadership. The Doctor of Philosophy is awarded after completion of 75 credit hours.
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Superintendency & Administration
Education Consultation & Entrepreneurship
Educational Policy Design