The Doctor of Education degree program is for applicants who wish to complete a course of study leading to a doctorate in school leadership. Applicants with K–12 experience may complete a license for director of special education, principal, or superintendent during the degree program. The degree program includes three years of coursework, participation in HyFlex residencies, a completed dissertation, and the completion of 61 semester credits.
- Students will practice reflection and sustained personal formation.
- Students will apply strategic and collaborative thinking to issues and problems.
- Students will demonstrate leadership in areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
- Students will demonstrate strong academic writing and research abilities.
- Students will integrate faith/values and ethics in their leadership of educational institutions.
- Students display proficiency of the Minnesota administrative license competencies.
- Courses delivered online using best practices in internet technology, instructional design, and adult learning.
- Residencies offered HyFlex (students choose online or on the Bethel University campus) during each of the three years of the program focused on professional growth, collaboration, and coursework.
- Individual learning plan developed for each student based on previous educational training, credentials, and experience.
The Ed.D. Leadership in K-12 Administration program will consider applicants who:
- Meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
- Submit an official transcript (U.S. schools) or NACES or AICE evaluation (international schools) showing an earned master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited (or internationally recognized as equivalent) institution and official transcripts or NACES or AICE evaluations from all graduate and post-graduate coursework. Upon program director approval, applicants may be considered for regular admission who have significant progress towards a master's degree but have not yet completed it.
- Have earned a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
- Submit two professional Admission References.
- Submit a written Statement of Purpose.
- Interview with the program director upon invitation.
Students who have not achieved the minimum GPA, grade standards, or other assessment criteria may still apply to be considered for provisional acceptance. See Admission Categories.
Ed.D. Leadership in K-12 Administration
The required curriculum for the Doctor of Education degree in Leadership in K–12 Administation comprises a 61-credit sequence of courses. For course sequence, request a program calendar from the Graduate School.
|EDUC 800||Historical, Cultural, and Philosophical Issues Impacting School Administration||3|
|EDUC 805||Principles of Organizational Leadership||3|
|EDUC 810||Curriculum and Instructional Management and Student Development||3|
|EDUC 819||Meeting the Needs of All Stakeholders||3|
|EDUC 820||Doctoral Research I||3|
|EDUC 825||Leadership for Inclusive Learning Environments||3|
|EDUC 830||Administration of Essential Educational Programs||3|
|EDUC 835||Measurement and Assessment||3|
|EDUC 840||Operations and Personnel Administration||3|
|EDUC 845||Doctoral Research II||3|
|EDUC 850||Doctoral Research III||3|
|EDUC 855||Administrators as Agents of Change||3|
|EDUC 860||Legal Issues in School Administration||3|
|EDUC 865||Resource Management in K-12 Education||3|
|EDUC 870||Doctoral Research IV||3|
|EDUC 881||Comprehensive Examination and Portfolio Review *||1|
|EDUC 890||Dissertation Phase One *||6|
|EDUC 891||Dissertation Phase Two *||5|
|EDUC 892||Dissertation Phase Three *||1|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Academic Writing for Graduate Students|
|Scholarly Advancement in K-12 Leadership|
|Director of Special Education Internship|
Course must be taken for credit at Bethel.
Note: If a student receives a D, F, or U in a doctoral-level course due to lack of demonstrated proficiency in academic writing, the student is required to take Academic Writing for Graduate Students (EDUC 846) within the subsequent academic year in order to continue as an active student in the program.
Courses from the Ed.D Leadership in Higher Education major may fulfill degree requirements with Program Director permission.