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


Linda Grooms, Ph.D.
Linda Grooms, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor – Ed.D. in Advanced Educational Leadership Program

Degree Overview

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is an online program with some face-to-face requirements 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).

Concentration Description

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 program, the Ed.D. with a concentration in Advanced Educational Leadership invites professionals to become a leader in the education field serving 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 concentration 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.

Program Highlights

Length: Minimum of 66 credit hours (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 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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Features: Online coursework, concentration and dissertation advisor, on-campus residencies.

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Career Opportunities

Superintendency & Administration
Education Consultation & Entrepreneurship
Educational Policy Design