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Educational Leadership


The Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) at Gardner-Webb University is a 63-semester-hour program designed for potential and practicing educational leaders who wish to develop and refine their leadership skills in complex organizations. Schools are dynamic institutions whose practice is shaped by powerful and influential interests. As a result, the economic, political, social, and technological environment of schools is always changing. The Doctor of Education Degree program is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and beliefs that will enable them to function effectively in leadership roles in this fluctuating environment.



The purpose of the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is to develop educational leaders through courses, research, seminars, and internships conducted in an environment based on Christian principles and values.



  1. To engage candidates in critical analysis of educational theory and practice;
  2. To engage candidates in disciplined inquiry in the field of education;
  3. To prepare candidates for making contributions to educational theory and practice;
  4. To prepare candidates to become leaders in educational institutions; and
  5. To meet proficiency levels in licensure requirements.



EDLS 700 Theory Development Module6 hrs.
EDLS 701 Seminar1 hr.
EDLS 702 Operational and Managerial Module6 hrs.
EDLS 703 Seminar1 hr.
EDLS 704 Research Module12 hrs.
EDLS 705 Seminar1 hr.
EDLS 706 Reform and Change Module6 hrs.
EDLS 707 Seminar1 hr.
EDLS 708 Organizational Behavior Module6 hrs.
EDLS 709 Seminar1 hr.
EDLS 710 Instructional Module12 hrs.
EDLS 711 Seminar1 hr.
EDLS 712 Dissertation Module I6 hrs.
EDLS 713 Dissertation Module II3 hrs.
EDLS 714 Dissertation (Continuing)3 hrs. (if needed)


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