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EdD Doctorate of Educational Leadership Degree Requirements

You can earn your Doctorate in education online with our accelerated program. The Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership consists of 60 post-Master’s credit hours* designed to be completed in three years or less. The program boasts several design features (online classes, executive format and one-on-one instruction). Core courses focus on the politics of educational decision-making, program evaluation and assessment, institutional improvement, understanding diversity, grant writing, strategic planning, and the development of sound research skills.

The Counselor Education and Supervision programs break down into three essential components that will be incorporated into each candidate’s program of study:

Leadership Core Courses – 27 Credit Hours Required

  • The Politics of Organizational Decision-Making
  • Program Planning and Assessment
  • Leadership in Theory and Practice
  • The Change Process
  • Higher Education in America
  • Learning in Adulthood
  • Teaching and Learning Online
  • Grant Writing and Proposal Development
  • Leadership in Historical Context

Professional Research - 15 Credit Hours Required

  • Inferential Statistics in Decision-making
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Specialty Area Content - 18 Credit Hours Required


  • Specialized Studies in Accounting, Bus. Administration and Marketing Education
  • Research and Report Writing
  • Advanced Educational Applications
  • Approved electives

Criminal Justice

  • Foundations in Justice Administration
  • Criminological Theories in Justice Administration
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Justice Administration
  • Administrative Law and Management
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Corrections Administration
  • Critical Issues in Community-Based Corrections
  • Approved electives


  • Studies in British Literature
  • Studies in Modern Literature
  • Practice of Creative Writing
  • Approved electives

Health Science

  • Applied Nutrition
  • Health and Fitness Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Foundations of Physical Activity in Health Promotion
  • Coaching and Fitness Leadership
  • Health Promotion through Physical Activity
  • Advanced Coaching and Fitness Leadership
  • Current Issues in Health Promotion
  • Current Issues in Coaching and Fitness Leadership
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Youth Health and Fitness
  • Supplementation for Health and Human Performance
  • Applied Sports Medicine
  • Administrative and Management Strategies
  • Special Topics


  • Selected Topics
  • Approved electives

Information Systems (IS)

  • Access Control
  • Telecommunications and Network Security
  • Information Security and Risk Management
  • Application Security
  • Security Architecture and Design
  • Operations Security
  • Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Legal Regulations, Compliance, and Investigation
  • Physical Security
  • Special Topics, with the approval of the Program Director
  • Special Topics may substitute for one required course in the program
  • Approved electives


  • Topics in Math
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Real Analysis I
  • Approved electives


  • Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Issues in Advanced Practice
  • Epidemiology
  • Healthcare Technologies and Informatics in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Practice I
  • Advanced Practice II
  • Advanced Practice III
  • NRSOL690 FNP Advanced Practice Internship, 6 hrs.


  • Psychology of Religion
  • History and Systems in Psychology
  • Special Topics
  • Approved electives


  • Christian Education
  • The Church and Contemporary Culture
  • Ministry Project
  • Approved electives must include one of the following courses:
    • Focused Study of the Old Testament
    • Focused Study of the New Testament
    • Church Administration
    • Planting High Impact Churches

Student Personnel Services

  • Advanced Human Behavior
  • Higher Education and Student Personnel Services
  • Higher Education Enrollment Management
  • Higher Education Law and Policy in Student Services
  • Marketing Management
  • Counseling Theories & Techniques I
  • Counseling During Grief and Crisis

For a full list of course offerings or more program specific information, visit our Academic Catalog page.