Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Beginning in Fall 2024, the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership offered by the Gary Cook School of Leadership will be available for exlusively online students at a reduced price. Applications for Fall 2024 are due June 1, 2024.

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership under the Gary Cook School of Leadership will be offered as a redesigned, fully online program in Fall 2025. Contact Dr. Kimberly Figaro for more information.

Think Critically.

Our challenging, Christ-centered academic environment combines a deeper exploration of faith and learning. An interdisciplinary approach allows you to take ownership of your education and pursue a unique combination of theory and practical experience that equips you to make the best contribution possible in your specific sphere of influence.

Contact the Director

Kimberly Figaro, Ph.D.
Director
(214) 333-5720
kimberlyf@dbu.edu

Program Requirements

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a 60-hour doctoral program that emphasizes a practical approach to leadership development, incorporating both theory and research, while accentuating the servant leadership model. The Christ-centered program is designed to produce leaders with the practical knowledge, training and unique skills necessary to develop other leaders. The degree consists of:

  • 20 hours of core studies in educational leadership
  • 20 hours of studies in a selected cognate area
  • 8 hours of research studies
  • 12 hours in dissertation research and writing

Concentration Tracks

Three concentration tracks are offered:

  • Higher Education Leadership – provides cognate studies in higher education administration and leadership.
  • Educational Ministry Leadership – provides cognate studies specific to leadership in the church or a Christian education organization.
  • General Leadership – provides cognate studies for professionals in a range of leadership positions.

Cohort Structure

Complete your doctorate in 34 months!

Students progress through the hybrid courses and research as a cohort, completing the program in 34 months. Cohort programs begin in August of each year, with classes offered each spring, summer, and fall.

Students enroll for two (2) classes of four (4) credit hours each term. The hybrid design provides significant learning experiences through the online component of each class, along with face-to-face interaction as students participate in on-campus seminars for one week, three (3) times each year. The dissertation process is interwoven throughout the class structure, allowing students to complete the entire program in less than three years.

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How Our Graduates Impact Their World

Graduates of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership are servant leaders who are exceptionally trained to apply their skills in positions of leadership. They utilize their skills through positions of leadership in higher education institutions, educational ministry organizations or churches, the business market and other leadership-oriented endeavors.

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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program Testimonial

Dr. Aaron Glover, Alumnus ('20)

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Alumnus Dr. Aaron Glover, Head of School and Upper Campus Principal of King's Academy Christian School, shares that his experience at DBU profoundly impacted his spiritual and academic development. In August 2023, he shared,

“I am immensely grateful that God guided me to this transformative institution. The coursework and instruction I received at DBU equipped me to overcome numerous challenges in ministry, education, and leadership.”

“The Ed.D. Leadership program is specifically designed towards the integration of faith, theory, and experiental learning. Coupled together, this transformative experience well-equips students for leadership roles within their own circles of influence.”
— Kimberly Figaro, Ph.D.
Director, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership