Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education

(EdD degree)


Our mission is to develop leaders with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively inspire, educate, and serve others effectively for the common good.


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 scholarly habits of mind to their work.

Program Distinctives

Formation of Scholars
  • Our program design focuses on the formation of scholars along key themes of integration, intellectual community, stewardship, apprenticeship, and collaboration.
Scholar-Practitioner Development
  • Our program emphasizes scholarly habits of mind, dispositions, and skills essential for leading in today's academic environments.
  • Our program features an integrated approach to learning through lenses of faith, stewardship, and service. Quaker values shape our perspectives.
Community of Learners
  • Our cohort model supports strong student relationships and peer mentorship amidst high faculty involvement.
Personal Care for Students
  • Our high completion rates and strong faculty/student relationships indicate commitment to student support and modeling.

Program Objectives

Core courses in the EdD are designed to equip learners with knowledge and skills foundational to their discipline. Successful candidates will demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Reflect critically and ethically on matters of equity and social justice in educational settings
  • Collaborate to solve educational problems and implement strategic actions that reflect justice for all students and stakeholders
  • Apply research-based skills to improve educational practice and student outcomes
  • Provide strategic leadership in educational settings
  • Analyze and apply research-based learning solutions that support schools and educational settings toward improved practice and student outcomes

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the EdD program must hold an approved bachelor and 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 and application fee
  • Resumé indicating a minimum of three years professional experience
  • Five (5) short-answer essays as described in the application packet
  • 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
  • In-person interview

Transfer Credit

Upon approval by the department, transfer of up to 6 credit hours beyond the Master's degree is allowed toward the EdD program from accredited graduate schools. Students choosing the P-12 Administration Concentration who have previously completed a PreAL/ProAL may transfer in the equivalent of 12 semester credits of their licensure coursework towards completion of their concentration.  Students must have earned a grade of "B" or better for a course to be considered for transfer. All transfer courses must be post-masters from a regionally accredited institution. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the faculty upon admission to the program.

Program Duration and Timeframe

Of the 56 hours required for the EdD program, a minimum of 50 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 per student 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 three years in length with 56 semester hours of coursework required as a minimum for graduation and can be completed in that time frame by taking 19 semester credits in years one and two, and 18 semester credits in year three. 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, 30 are in core coursework, 12 are in concentration coursework, 6 hours are electives, and 8 hours are dissertation.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with the EdD degree, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 56 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: faith and learning/ethics, educational foundations, leadership, teaching and learning, colloquium, and research. Students will choose from the following areas of concentration: Higher Education, P-20 Instructional Design and Development, and P-12 Administration. Issues of cultural diversity are woven into courses within each perspective area.

Faith and Learning/Ethics (6 hours required)
Students must take the following:
EDDL 700 Ethics, Equity and Justice 3
EDDL 701 How Faith Sustains the Life of the Mind 3
Educational Foundations (3 hours required)
EDDL 710 Political and Social Perspectives in Education 3
Leadership (3 hours)
EDDL 716 The Art and Craft of a Leader: Strategies for Organizational Change, Development, and Vitality 3
Teaching and Learning (3 hours required)
EDDL 720 Research in Effective Teaching 3
Colloquium (3 hours required)
One-credit colloquia will be offered at each summer intensive experience in the program. Students must complete 3 credits:
EDDL 725 Colloquia 1
Research (12 hours required)
Students must take the following:
EDDL 790 Intro to Qualitative & Quantitative Research 3
EDDL 791 Critical Research Skills 3
EDDL 792 Educational Statistics 3
Students must select one of the following advanced research methods courses:
EDDL 793 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods 3
EDDL 794 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 3
Higher Education Concentration (12 hours required + 6 hours elective credit)
EDDL 730 Teaching & Learning in Higher Education 3
EDDL 731 Higher Education History and Current Practice 3
EDDL 732 Higher Education Leadership and Management 3
EDDL 733 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education 3
P-20 Instructional Design and Development Concentration (12 hours required + 6 hours elective credit)
EDDL 740 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 3
EDDL 741 Leading Educational Organizations through Professional Development 3
EDDL 742 Leading People 3
EDDL 743 Equity in Educational Environments 3
P-12 Administrative Concentration - Initial Administrator License (18 hours required)
ADMN 540 Leadership in Education 3
ADMN 542 Legal Perspectives on Ed Policy & Finance 3
ADMN 543 Ethical Perspectives on Ed Leadership 3
ADMN 544 Instructional Supervision 3
ADMN 546 Managing Instructional Budgets 1
ADMN 547 Portfolio Capstone 1
ADMN 548 Initial Administrator Practicum I 2
ADMN 549 Initial Administrator Practicm II 2
P-12 Administrative Concentration - Continuing Administrator License (18 hours required)
ADMN 640 School District Leadership 3
ADMN 642 Administration of Specialized Programs 3
ADMN 643 Executive Leadership for the 21st Century 3
ADMN 644 Program Evaluation for Organizational Success 3
ADMN 646 Managing Organizational Resources 3
ADMN 648 Continuing Administrator Practicum I 2
ADMN 649 Continuing Administrator Practicum II 1
Elective Coursework (6 hours required)
Students choose from the following courses:
EDDL 760 The Idea of the University and Contemporary Developments 3
EDDL 742 Leading People 3
EDDL 762 Assessment Literacy for Teacher Leaders 3
EDDL 763 Leadership in Digital Technology for Education Organizations 3
EDDL 764 International Perspectives on Education 3
EDDL 765 Research Internship 1-3
EDDL 766 Principles of Effective Mentoring 3
EDDL 769 Scholarly Reading and Writing Seminar 3
EDDL 775 Teaching Internship 1-3
Dissertation (8 hours required)
Within six units of core plus concentration, students take the following:
EDDL 800 Dissertation Research 2
EDDL 801 Dissertation Research 2
EDDL 802 Dissertation Research 2
EDDL 803 Dissertation Research 2
EDDL 805 Dissertation Research 2
**Doctoral students may take a maximum of 4 hours of doctoral dissertation research hours in any semester. EDDL 805 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.
EDDL Course Descriptions
ADMN Course Descriptions