Program Structure

Hybrid Format

Doctor of Education cohort model

The format of this program is designed for educators and administrators to be able to continue full-time employment while pursuing their doctorate. 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 in Newberg, Oregon).

Residency Requirement in Newberg, Oregon

On-campus residency will occur once per summer in Newberg, Oregon and is designed to be a two-week full-time 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 Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership program is designed to be completed in three years.

Students Learn within a Cohort

The EdD program is designed around the cohort model, meaning students take all core classes with the same group of students. Students build lasting relationships with both faculty and with their cohort members – experienced leaders from all over the country (and sometimes the world).


The EdD 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

For more information on coursework, see the curriculum sequence for each concentration.

Core Curriculum Outcomes

Core courses in the EdD program 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