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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Advanced Educational Leadership

Degree Overview

Linda Grooms, Ph.D.
Linda Grooms, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is delivered primarily online (along with one-week summer residencies) and is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects, and individually designed cognates allow for a tailor-made program. Undergirding the entire program is critical thinking, scholarly research, writing, and learning from a Christian worldview. The capstone project, as with any doctoral program, is the submission and defense of a doctoral dissertation.


Spring & Summer 2014 Cohorts:
Ed.D. cohorts will begin in January and mid-June and a four-day residency will be held July 7-10, 2014 at our Virginia Beach Campus.

Doctorate in Advanced Education Leadership Highlights

Courses: View Course Sequence and Descriptions
Length: 60 credit hours. May be completed in as little as 3 years.
Format: Offered in a cohort model. Students may begin the program in the spring or summer semesters. Courses are offered online with a one-week residency each summer of the program. School division cohorts are also offered in varying formats.
Results: Doctor of Education degree. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) is awarded after completion of 30 credit hours. The Doctor of Education degree is awarded after completion of 60 credit hours.
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Features: Online coursework, cognate and dissertation advisor, on-campus residencies.

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Cognate Description:

The Doctor of Education 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 program, this cognate invites professionals to prepare for careers of serving as educational leaders in a variety of positions such as superintendents or other executive leadership and supervisory positions within educational organizations, educational consultants and entrepreneurs, privatized educational leaders, educational policy designers, or international educational reformers with a heart for changing nations via educational systems. A total of 18 cognate hours from the K-12 School Leadership course listing as well as those specific to this program will be approved by the program advisor for a total of a 60 hour program.


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Doctorate in Advanced Education Leadership graduates will be able to:

  • Identify, respond to, and lead in important local, national, and global educational issues in a Christ-like manner from informed Biblical perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how key theories inform planning, administration, policy, and professional practice.
  • Evaluate educational research from theoretical and methodological perspectives in order to determine its contribution to policy and professional practice.
  • Solve problems associated with planning, administration, policy, and professional practice by
    • analyzing data;
    • synthesizing information; and
    • applying critical thinking
  • Provide intellectual leadership in producing and communicating action research to significantly impact respective professional spheres of education
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness, and ethical behavior in a Christ-like manner in planning, administration, policy development, problem solving, and professional practice.