Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Transforming 21st Century Educational Outcomes through Leadership

Schools are dynamic institutions whose practice is shaped by powerful and influential interests. As a result, the economic, political, social, and technological environments of organizations deal with constant change. However, strong leadership can chart a course through these complex environments that leads from strength of character and depth of experience. 

Gardner-Webb University’s College of Education offers a learning environment that supports Christian values in the classroom. You will gain valuable professional preparation to succeed in your career and help your future students succeed in school. You will also benefit from spiritual support that prepares you for ethical, inspired leadership.


What You’ll Learn

Gardner-Webb University’s Doctor of Education Degree (EdD) is designed for potential and practicing educational leaders who wish to develop and refine their skills to lead these complex organizations. 

Throughout the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program, you will be challenged to further develop your knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and beliefs, ultimately to enable you to function most effectively in leadership roles in ever-changing educational environments.

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

Our program:

  • Engages candidates in critical analysis of curriculum theory and practice
  • Engages candidates in disciplined inquiry in the field of education
  • Equips candidates to meet proficiency levels in licensure requirements
  • Prepares candidates for making contributions to education theory and practice
  • Transforms candidates into the leaders our educational institutions need most

Available Programs

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Students in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program must hold at least a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on all graduate-level work. A minimum of three years experience is preferred. A license in School Administration-Principal is required.

The 63-credit hour program is offered in a weekend format with participants required to attend class three weekends per fall and spring semesters. Each weekend consists of Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, there will be six-eight synchronous virtual meetings lasting two hours each semester. During the summer months, you will arrange a meeting schedule with your cohort. This process continues for two years until classroom studies are completed. Remaining program hours consist of six-hour and three-hour dissertation semesters respectively, thus concluding your program. The electronic portfolio, a requirement for your degree, will be created and stored online in a product called TaskStream.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific concentrations and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and will be subject to state licensure requirements in order to receive North Carolina state licensure as a Superintendent. At the writing of this document, the licensure requirement is the satisfactory completion of an electronic portfolio.

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