Program Structure

Students Learn within a Cohort

The EdD program is designed around the cohort model, and ​all core classes follow this structure. Students build lasting relationships with both faculty and with their cohort members – experienced leaders from all over the country (and sometimes, the world).

Doctor of Education cohort model

Hybrid Format

The format of this program is designed to maximize accessibility for full-time educators and administrators. Classes are held online during fall and spring semesters, while summer sessions are offered in a hybrid format (two weeks online and two weeks of on-campus residency).

Residency Requirement in Newberg, Oregon

On-campus residency will occur once per summer in Newberg, Oregon, and is designed to be a two-week intensive experience embedded into a four-week summer session. During residency, students engage in face-to-face instruction as well as activities that build scholarly engagement in an intellectual community. Residency is a critical social environment in which faculty and students will get to know one another, shape and practice scholarly habits of mind, and grow in their academic knowledge.

Program Length

The EdD program is designed to be completed in three years.


The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program contains 56 credit hours of coursework. Students will fulfill these requirements by taking: 

  • 38 Core Semester Credits
    • Faith and Learning/Ethics – 6 credits
    • Educational Foundations – 3 credits
    • Leadership – 3 credits
    • Teaching and Learning – 3 credits
    • Colloquium – 3 credits
    • Research – 12 credits
    • Dissertation – 8 credits
  • 12 Concentration Credits
  • 6 Elective Credits