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With a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and beliefs that will enable you to function effectively in leadership roles in ever-changing educational environments.

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The Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) at Gardner-Webb University in Educational Leadership is a program designed for potential and practicing educational leaders who wish to develop and refine their leadership skills in complex organizations. 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.

The purpose of the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is to develop educational leaders through courses, research, seminars, and internships conducted in an environment based on Christian principles and values. The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program goals are:

  1. To engage candidates in critical analysis of curriculum theory and practice;
  2. To engage candidates in disciplined inquiry in the field of education;
  3. To meet proficiency levels in licensure requirements;
  4. To prepare candidates for making contributions to education theory and practice; and
  5. To prepare candidates to become leaders in educational institutions.

Gardner-Webb University’s School 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.

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.

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 seven weekends per fall and spring semesters. Each weekend consists of Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the summer months, you will arrange a meeting schedule with your cohort. This process continues for two years until classroom studies are completed. After this, your next two semesters will be 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 courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

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