Doctor of Education in Leadership

The Doctor of Education in leadership (Ed.D) degree gives students skills and knowledge to be successful change agents in a variety of roles and fields. Students can tailor their degree by choosing from specialized tracks that include higher education, consulting and coaching, enterprise leading and managing, health care administration, pre-K-12 district leadership and professional practice.

Students in Trevecca’s Doctor of Education in leadership program choose one of six specialized tracks to tailor their degree:

  • Higher Education (100 percent online): Designed for those interested in becoming a college professor or administrator, this track covers academic literature and research on the most effective undergraduate and graduate-level teaching and higher education practices. 
  • Consulting and Coaching (100 percent online): Structured to equip graduates to help others realize and reach their maximum potential, this track prepares students to analyze needs, design learning pathways and facilitate clients’ self-improvement and success.
  • Enterprise Leading and Managing (100 percent online): Focused on developing executive-level leaders who work in complex entrepreneurial settings, this track examines recent academic literature and research on strategic leadership and teaches practical steps for system optimization.
  • Health Care Administration (100 percent online): This track prepares graduates for leadership and service in health care organizations at middle and senior management levels.
  • Pre-K-12 District Leadership (in person or 100 percent online): This track equips graduates with the planning and leadership skills to influence optimization and improvement among a district’s students, schools, professionals and communities.
  • Professional Practice (in person or 100 percent online): This track was specifically created to help graduates develop an understanding of how cultural influences, ethics, and strategic policies and planning influence the ability to lead in any workplace.

Program Benefits

  • Complete your Ed.D. fully online with no residency requirements with all six tracks, or in-person at our Nashville campus if you chose our pre-K-12 district leadership or professional practice track. 
  • Take only one class at a time with all materials delivered to you.
  • Complete your program with a supportive cohort of students who are working toward similar goals.
  • Enjoy the collaborative learning environments fostered by our small class sizes.
  • Learn from faculty who possess the highest degrees in their fields and have relevant and valuable real-world experience.

What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s Doctor of Education in leadership program, you’ll garner skills and knowledge in exceptional leadership so you can make a difference wherever your passions and career take you. Our research-based curriculum moves you from theory to practice as you learn how to create effective organizations; plan for strategic improvement; use the latest tools and technologies; build diverse and collaborative teams; understand the value of intrapersonal effectiveness; and more. 

You can work on your dissertation in conjunction with your coursework, researching a topic that pertains to your passions and career and finishing your degree with practical solutions in hand. If you choose one of our face-to-face learning tracks, you’ll meet for class one Saturday per month and take part in two 3-day summer residencies each summer you are enrolled.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith and education intersect. We are committed to educating the next generation through servant leadership.

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Cost/Credit Hour




Tuition Cost*


*$100 tech. fee assessed per course. Books are included.

Led by faculty who also serve as highly credentialed experts throughout their respective fields, Trevecca’s Ed.D. takes a research-based, theory-into-practice approach to its curriculum, including the topics of:

  • Leadership (how to initiate transformational change and lead oneself, a team and organizations). 
  • Research (applied research, statistics, research-based technology).
  • Individualized Learning Track (Depending on your career goals, choose an area of focus—Higher Education; Consulting and Coaching; Enterprise Leading and Managing; Health Care Administration; Pre-K-12 District Leadership; or Professional Practice). 

As part of your Ed.D. coursework, you’ll learn how to create effective organizations; ways to plan for strategic improvement; tools to build teamwork and foster collaboration; the value of intrapersonal effectiveness and more. Students will receive instruction on cultural influences to consider when building and leading a team in addition to the latest insight on research-based technology.

Dissertation Details

The applied research dissertation is a comprehensive study of a significant problem that is important to the student in his or her area of professional work. The dissertation allows the student the opportunity to research their proposed topic, demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the relevant literature, explain the research methods used to conduct the study, and present the research findings and conclusions.

The goal of an applied research dissertation is to provide important evidence for improving the workplace while also adding to the body of knowledge. Our four-chapter dissertation model represents the highest standards for terminal degrees.

Trevecca’s curriculum is unique in that students work on their dissertation in conjunction with their classes. Students are assigned a faculty advisor and reader to work with throughout the process. We provide guidance and encouragement while you are working on your dissertation so that when you complete your courses in as few as 27 months, your dissertation is also complete.

Our highly qualified team of faculty and staff are committed to your success as you complete this doctoral program. We are behind you every step of the way! Throughout the Ed.D. program, you’ll have your own support team. From academic advisors to dissertation advisors, Trevecca is committed to helping you finish your degree and your dissertation at the same time.

We want to make earning your degree as easy as possible. That's why we offer two options for how you can complete the Ed.D. program—either face-to-face at our Nashville campus or 100 percent online.


Located in the heart of Nashville, our campus offers a warm and inviting atmosphere. Students enjoy small class sizes and personal relationships with faculty members who serve as both professors and mentors. If you enjoy face-to-face learning, you can join a campus cohort, which meets for class one Saturday per month with two 3-day residency requirements during each of the summers you are enrolled. Trevecca's cohort model is one of the reasons the school has become one of the fastest growing universities in Middle Tennessee in recent years. It’s a highly successful experience that allows students to begin and complete their degree alongside a group of other classmates working toward similar goals.

Learn more about our face-to-face program director.


We understand life is busy and you may not have time to attend class on campus. That's why we offer our programs 100 percent online. Whether you are a working adult, a stay-at-home parent, or simply live outside of Nashville, we make it easy to earn your degree while focusing on one class at a time, any time—24/7. Classes are taught online with books and materials are delivered to your front door. And when we say the degree is entirely online, we mean it. With the way our program is structured, you never have to step foot on campus!

With our online degree programs, you can expect the same level of quality and rigor that Trevecca has provided students since 1901. Our online students also benefit from a cohort model, where students begin and complete their degree alongside a group of other online classmates working toward similar goals.

Learn more about our online program director.

  1. Complete the free online application
    Need help applying? Read the step-by-step instructions here!
  2. Fill out  FAFSA to be considered for financial aid (Trevecca’s school code: 003526).
  3. Request official transcripts from your previous graduate institution.
  4. Submit all additional materials to your dedicated enrollment counselor.


  1. A master's degree from an institution accredited by a CHEA-recognized regional accrediting agency or the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Students who do not meet these degree requirements may be conditionally accepted in accordance with the Conditional Admission Policy.
  2. A 3.4 cumulative GPA for all prior graduate coursework.
  3. Official transcript sent directly from graduate institution to Trevecca.
  4. Two recommendations submitted directly by your professional and/or academic references using our online form.
  5. Current resume  or curriculum vitae (CV)
  6. Writing sample, to be submitted to the program director (After all other application documents are submitted, a link will be sent to applicants where they can complete the writing assessment.)
  7. A photocopy of government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID, military ID, passport). This requirement ensures that Trevecca complies with the U.S. Department of Education expectations for student verification.

Emerald Mitchell ’16 


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Career Opportunities

The Doctor of Education in leadership provides professionals with the tools they need to be successful agents of change and influence in a variety of industries. Our graduates currently serve in respected leadership roles in fields like these:

  • Business
  • Technology
  • Education
  • Ministry
  • Government
  • Law enforcement
  • Health care

“Studying at TNU has helped me to strengthen and confirm what I already knew about myself, while at the same time allowing me to discover new areas of personal development I was not aware of.”

Fernando Almeida Ed.D. graduate