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Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education

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:

  • Discussions of current research and leadership practice;
  • Self-reflection;
  • Innovative technological applications;
  • Simulations;
  • Field-based learning;
  • Professional seminars; and
  • Other experiences deemed current and appropriate.

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.

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Visit the Graduate Education page to learn more about the application and admissions process, financial aid, and more.

Admissions Information


SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Learn from faculty who are highly qualified educators with experience as teachers, principals and superintendents. In addition to their roles as faculty members, many also serve on state and national education boards
  • Benefit from an engaging and relevant curriculum with an emphasis on practical application. Learn in our classroom one night and apply it in your classroom the next day
  • Fit classes into your busy schedule through our convenient online and hybrid offerings that are scheduled with the time-constrained demands of the working educator in mind

Faith Integration

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.

Full-Time Faculty

Jim Truelove, Chairperson and Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. James Truelove, Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in Education
Tammy Condren, Assistant Professor of Graduate Education

Dr. Tammy Condren, Assistant Professor
Duane Widhalm, Assistant Professor of Graduate Education

Dr. Duane Widhalm, Assistant Professor
Mick Arnold, Professor

Dr. Michael Arnold, Professor
Pam Hedgpeth, Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Pamela Hedgpeth, Associate Professor
Nancy Colbaugh, Assistant Professor of Graduate Education

Dr. Nancy Colbaugh, Assistant Professor
Joe Sartorius, Associate Professor

Dr. Joseph Sartorius, Associate Professor

SBU affords me the opportunity to teach my subject matter in a Christian environment. The importance of servant leadership in today's schools is vital for the growth and development of the students and faculty our students will serve.

Dr. Michael Arnold, Professor of Graduate Education
Mick Arnold, Professor

Ed.d. in Educational Leadership course Plans

track 1

Candidates holding the Educational Specialist Degree in School Administration/Superintendency or School
Administration will complete the following courses for the Ed. D.:

first Semester

EAD 8023 Educational Advocacy 3
EAD 8033 Advanced Research and Ethics 3
Total hours 6

third semester

EAD 8053 Ethics in Personal & Professional Life 3
EAD 8013 Leadership in Learning 3
Total hours 6


EAD 8011 Education Symposium 1
  Written Comprehensive Exam 0
EAD 8073 Directed Research 3
Total hours 4


second Semester

BUS 6002 Non-Profit Financial Management 2
BUS 6012 Organizational Consulting Practice 2
EAD 8043 Advanced Statistics and Instrument Design 3
Total hours 7

fourth semester

EAD 8003 Leadership and the Law 3
EAD 8001 Symposium Planning and Development 1
Total hours 4


EAD 8073 Directed Research* 3+
Total hours 3+
 *The dissertation process is a journey that typically requires several hours of dissertation credit to complete.
Continuous enrollment in directed research is required until the dissertation is finished.

Track 2

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
Total hours 20

without a master's degree in education administration

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