Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership degree is dissertation-based and intended for practitioners who presently hold leadership roles in education or those who aspire to leadership positions of influence through positions in elementary/secondary educational school settings. This Doctoral Educational Leadership degree program will be based on 60-credit hours of post-master degree study and will include a final comprehensive examination and a 12 credit hour research dissertation.  The degree program has been designed to afford professionals in the field of education the opportunity to enhance and expand their knowledge base, conduct research, address current and pressing issues in education, and reinforce the competencies needed as a professional Christian leader in education. 

Designed for educational leaders, whether teachers or administrators at the K-12 level, in public or private schools who desire to advance as educational leaders, as well as foster and apply new research in the field of elementary and secondary education.

There are two tracks offered:

  • Licensure track: This track is designed for those who are teacher educators actively involved in an elementary/secondary school environment who already have an earned M.Ed. and desire to work towards Mississippi Administrator/Principal Licensure.
  • Non-Licensure: This track is designed for those who are practicing/licensed administrators/principals and/or teacher educators actively involved in an elementary/secondary school environment.

Course Delivery Format

Online EdD Courses with On-Location Support Seminars

All courses in the degree program are presented in an online learning delivery format.  However, to assist the online learner, many of the courses offers three optional on ground, on-location Support Seminars. The enrolled candidate may choose to attend or not attend these Support Seminars (class attendance and final grades are based solely on weekly submission of online assignments and assignment grades). Support Seminars are held either during a week night evening session or a Saturday morning session. Sessions are held on the first (1st), fourth (4th), and seventh (7th) weeks of each eight (8) week course term. Support Seminars have been designed to encourage, support, and assist candidates in their studies and to provide an opportunity to meet with their professor and colleagues. This is an excellent opportunity for the online learner to experience live person-to-person interaction, have questions answered, and dialogue with the professor regarding course procedures and course content.  It also provides an occasion to network with other professional educators enrolled in the course. 

Support Seminars are held on the Belhaven University, Jackson campus.  Should enrollment numbers in other areas of the state indicate strong enough enrollment numbers, Support Seminars will be offered on location at DeSoto/Southaven and/or Gulfport.

Residency Three Day Intensive Module Courses

In addition to the online courses, Belhaven University has included three residency times, residency times are two or three day requirements, to be taken on the main campus in Jackson, Mississippi, at strategic periods throughout the Ed.D. plan of study.  These three residency modules allow candidates to have real-time experiences with their professors and develop a network of professional friendships with other educators involved as candidates in the program.  The residency modules have been scheduled to coincide with four transition points in the Ed.D. program, called Phases.  

  • Phase I: Professional Specialized Courses the initial 33 credit hours of core content courses taken online (equates to the Ed.S. degree). 
  • Phase II: Pre-Dissertation & Orientation to the Ed.D. - Residency 1 (R1).
  • Phase III: Statistics & Research Design Phase (no residency requirement/courses taken online).
  • Phase IV: Dissertation Phase - Residency 2 (R2) and Residency 3 (R3). Residency 2 is taken in conjunction with the candidate’s research and the writing of the dissertation, and address the various stages of chapter development.  This design allows for personal one-on-one and face-to-face dissertation advisement.  Residency 3 is for the defense of the dissertation at the end of the program.

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Curriculum Summary

Admission Information

Applicants will be evaluated to determine those who possess the personal qualities and dispositions, academic acumen, and professional experiences to suggest a compelling potential for success as doctoral candidate and to advance as educational leaders. The following information will be required to complete an applicant’s Application Portfolio:

  • Have an earned master’s degree in education or related field, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Submission of an essay describing the applicant’s background, career goals, and reasons for applying to the program. The applicant should include a 3-5 page overview of their experiences in teaching, administrative duties, or other employment opportunities related to involvement in PK-12 education.
  • Submission of three professional letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of documentation of a minimum of three years’ experience in a PK-12 education context.
  • Submission of Millers Analogy Test scores or Graduate Record examination scores (less than five years old).
  • Submission of two artifacts that clearly demonstrate their leadership potential within his/her most current position.