Develop your skills, advance professionally and prepare for leadership in today's education environment with the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at SBU.
Designed to prepare leaders on how to become school administrators and for other leadership roles in various nonprofit or church-affiliated organizations, the program will equip you through a variety of educational experiences, including:
The program employs a cohort model, which provides numerous benefits, from community support and group feedback to peer mentoring, networking and collaborative insights. You also will receive ongoing guidance and support from your advisor, who is assigned to you in your first semester and will facilitate your individual Directed Research project.
Throughout the program, you will advance your knowledge on how to become a school administrator, as a servant leader, as well as learn processes and gain knowledge to create a positive culture, increase organizational and student performance, and enable the development of a highly successful learning organization.
Visit the Graduate Education page to learn more about the application and admissions process, financial aid, and more.
SBU's Graduate Education programs have been intentionally designed to model how the Christian faith shapes expertise, practice and experiences in professional educational settings. To assist students in developing as transformative agents in today's schools, our programs provide a foundation to become both scholars and practitioners — a synthesis of academic knowledge, practical skills and servant leadership. We desire that our students become true servant leaders who are able to integrate their faith into their practice to make a difference in today's society.
The SBU Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program was invaluable in furthering my professional growth as a school leader. I am a full-time elementary school administrator in the Kansas City area and would not have traded my experience in the SBU Ed.D. program for anything.
As a full time mother, administrator, coach, and wife, I was supported throughout my doctoral journey by Southwest Baptist's staff and instructors. Their guidance, dedication and the belief in me helped me to make this dream become a reality.
Candidates holding the Educational Specialist Degree in School Administration/Superintendency
Administration will complete the following courses for the Ed. D.:
|EAD 8023||Educational Advocacy||3|
|EAD 8033||Advanced Research and Ethics||3|
|EAD 8053||Ethics in Personal & Professional Life||3|
|EAD 8013||Leadership in Learning||3|
|EAD 8011||Education Symposium||1|
|Written Comprehensive Exam||0|
|EAD 8073||Directed Research||3|
|BUS 6002||Non-Profit Financial Management||2|
|BUS 6012||Organizational Consulting Practice||2|
|EAD 8043||Advanced Statistics and Instrument Design||3|
|EAD 8003||Leadership and the Law||3|
|EAD 8001||Symposium Planning and Development||1|
|EAD 8073||Directed Research*||3+|
Candidates holding the M.S. in Educational Administration with initial certification as a building level administrator may choose to apply for the Ed.D. Leveling Program. This opportunity allows students to complete required Specialist courses a year prior to actual participation in the Ed.D. courses. The following Track 2 Leveling courses are required:
|EAD 7003||School District Administration||3|
|EAD 7013||Personnel Administration||3|
|EAD 7023||Advanced School Finance||3|
|EAD 7033||School Planning and Maintenance||3|
|EAD 7043||Research and Statistics||3|
|EAD 7072||Internship in Superintendency||2|
|EAD 7123||The Superintendency||3|
Students without a Master’s degree in an education-related field must complete the
following course work PRIOR to being
considered for the Track Two Leveling Program. (Students must request application into the Specialist program in order
for these courses to be eligible for financial aid).
|A Master’s level research course|
|EAD 6053||School Supervision||3|
|EAD 6014||School Curriculum||4|
|EAD 6024||School Administration||4|
This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog for your final degree requirements and consult with your advisor to develop an official plan of study. Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation. You are responsible for understanding and completing all degree, departmental and graduation requirements.
Download in PDF format:
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Plan