Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education

(EdD degree)


To prepare educators to lead effectively in a variety of educational settings.


The EdD prepares scholar-practitioners for P-12 and higher education settings to be leaders who think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Our faculty lead students to gain critical and research-based skills for excellent and effective teaching. Students will become critical consumers of research so they can practice inquiry and engage in scholarly pursuits, enabling them to become leaders who effectively communicate with key constituencies. We promote the scholarship of teaching by helping students bring scholary habits of mind to their work.

Program Objectives

Upon program completion, George Fox doctoral gradates will:

  • Develop the moral courage to work for the common good by recognizing and addressing ethical issues in education (Ethical perspectives)
  • Participate in a diverse community of educational practice through understanding, leadership, and advocacy across a variety of educational perspectives (Foundational perspectives)
  • Defend and apply research-based teaching and learning practice (Teaching & Learning perspectives)
  • Engage in educational leadership through self-reflection, discourse, innovation, and organizational change (Leading & Managing perspectives)
  • Evaluate, interpret and conduct educational research (Research perspective objective)
  • Demonstrate development of expertise in a specified educational field (Dissertation perspectives)

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the EdD program must hold an approved master's degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25. In addition, applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Doctor of Education application form and application fee
  • Resume indicating a minimum of three years professional experience
  • An essay as described in the application
  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can comment on the applicant's intellectual ability, creativity, initiative, sensitivity to others, and leadership potential
  • Completed Teachers Standards and Practices Character Questionnaire
  • Completed Teachers Standards and Practices Ethical Educator Form
  • Evidence of scholarly work (master's thesis, term paper, publication, etc.)
  • One official transcript from all colleges or universities attended
  • Scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Millers Analogies Test (MAT)

Transfer Credit

Upon approval by the department, transfer of up to 16 hours credit beyond the Master's degree is allowed toward the EdD program from accredited graduate schools. Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Students who are graduates of the George Fox University MEd program may include a maximum of 6 hours from that program to meet the general elective requirements in the EdD.

Program Duration and Timeframe

Of the 63 hours required for the EdD program, a minimum of 47 hours must be taken through George Fox University. All work leading to the EdD must be completed within seven years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the doctoral faculty. However, only one such extension may be considered due to special circumstances, such as ill health. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires approval and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree. Students maintain full standing in the program by being continuously enrolled (minimum of 2 credits/semester) until degree requirements are met.

Course Requirements

The EdD program is generally four years in length with 63 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation and can be completed in that timeframe by taking 18 semester credits in year one and 15 semester credits in years two through four. Students who have successfully completed appropriate course work beyond the Master's degree may be able to finish the program at a faster pace. Of the total hours required for the program, 39 are in educational perspectives courses, 16 hours of electives including those in an area of specialty, and 8 hours of dissertation.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with the EdD degree students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 63 semester hours with a grade of B or better in all courses. All Pass/No Pass courses need a grade of Pass.

Core Requirements

The curriculum is designed so that students are required to take core course hours in the following perspective areas: ethics, foundations, teaching and learning, leading and managing, and research. Within each area students are allowed to choose electives that enhance their own areas of professional development, although some areas have required courses that are essential to the doctorate. Issues of cultural diversity are woven into courses within each perspective area.

Ethical Perspectives (9 hours required)
Students must take the following:
EDFL 672 Ethics and Cultural Diversity 3
EDFL 673 Equity and Justice in Education 3
EDFL 675 Faith and Learning Seminars (various topics, taken at student's discretion; total of 3 hrs. required)


Foundational Perspectives (6 hours required)
Students must select 6 hours from the following CORE options:
EDFL 680 Philosophical Perspectives on Education 3
EDFL 685 Selected Topics in Foundational Perspectives 3
EDFL 686 Political and Social Perspectives on Education 3
EDFL 687 Critical Issues in Higher Education 3
EDFL 690 International Perspectives on Education 3
EDFL 692 Historical Perspectives on American Education 3
EDFL 694 History of American Higher Education 3
Teaching and Learning Perspectives (6 hours)
EDFL 506 Research in Effective Teaching - required 3

Students must select 3 hours from the following CORE options:
EDFL 505 Trends and Issues in Education 3
EDFL 508 Learning and Cognition 3
EDFL 515 Selected Topics in Curriculum and Instruction 1-3
EDFL 624 Developing Curriculum With New Technologies 2
EDFL 630 Advanced Developmental Psychology 2
EDFL 631 Implementing Inclusion in the Regular Classroom 2
EDFL 632 Differentiated Instruction,Social Justice and a Global Perspective 1
EDFL 634 Adult Development in Educational Organizations 3
Leading and Managing Perspectives (6 hours required)
EDFL 641 Personal Leadership Assessment - required 3

Students must select 3 hours from the following CORE options:
EDFL 626 Implementing Technology in Educational Organizations 2
EDFL 642 Student Life: Issues, Policy, and Planning 2
EDFL 643 Enrollment Issues: Marketing and Retention 2
EDFL 644 Advancing the Organization: Fund Raising 2
EDFL 651 Strategic Planning 2
EDFL 653 Organizational Change and Decision Making 3
EDFL 655 Selected Topics in Leading and Managing 3
EDFL 656 Organizational Behavior in Education 3
Research Perspectives (12 hours required)
Students must take the following:
EDFL 700 Intro to Qualitative and Quantitative Research 3
EDFL 701 Educational Statistics 3
EDFL 702 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods 3
EDFL 703 ED Bibliographic Research and Writing 3
General Electives (16 hours required)
Students are required to complete 16 elective hours. These hours may be fulfilled through the following options:
  • Additional perspective area courses
  • Endorsement courses
  • Licensure courses
  • Approved transfer credits
Please refer to endorsement handbooks and the George Fox University course schedule at for a list of the most current course offerings that are possible for general elective hours in the EdD.
Dissertation (8 hours required)
Upon completion of all CORE requirements and a minimum of 10 of the 16 required general elective hours, students take the following:
EDFL 720 Dissertation Research 2
EDFL 721 Dissertation Research 2
EDFL 722 Dissertation Research 2
EDFL 723 Dissertation Research 2
EDFL 725 Dissertation Research ** 2
**Doctoral students may take a maximum of 4 hours of doctoral dissertation research hours in any semester. EDFL 725 is for students who do not finish their dissertation research within the minimum 8 hours, and is repeated until the dissertation is finished. Students who make satisfactory progress each semester on their dissertation will receive a Pass grade until the dissertation is completed.
EDFL Course Descriptions
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