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Leadership (Ed.D.)

Leadership (Ed.D.)
Next Start Date
  • OnlineFebruary 02, 2022
  • Nashville, TNMay 14, 2022


For Aspiring Leaders, a Professional Doctoral Degree in Leadership Awaits

The Doctor of Education in leadership is for professionals in various industries who are working every day to improve the lives of others. Learn to strategize, analyze, motivate, spearhead and ultimately transform your work environment for the good.

Do you desire to become a leader who can shape, influence and encourage employees, teachers, students or clients? The Doctor of Education in leadership (Ed.D.) is designed for adults looking to advance their careers through a vibrant learning experience that’s relevant, accessible and affordable.

The program allows students to garner skills and knowledge in exceptional leadership for a variety of roles in fields such as business, technology, education, ministry, government, law enforcement and health care. The result is an impactful experience that has produced graduates throughout the last two decades who now serve in a wide variety of respected leadership roles.

In a world hungry for strong leaders, a doctoral degree in leadership gives you the tools needed to make a difference wherever your passions and career take you. And with these six specialized tracks, you can tailor your degree to best support your professional goals:

Choose a track: 

  • Higher Education—Designed for those interested in teaching or serving as a college administrator. This option equips future college professors and administrators with both an understanding of the recent academic literature and research surrounding higher education and the most effective undergraduate and graduate-level teaching practices. Coursework includes the opportunity to assist in facilitating a live online course (offered 100 percent online).
  • Consulting and Coaching—Structured to equip graduates to help others realize their maximum potential. Whether coaching an executive or a classroom teacher, you’ll be prepared to analyze needs, design a pathway of learning and facilitate clients’ self-improvement and success (offered 100 percent online). 
  • Enterprise Leading and Managing—Focused on developing executive-level leaders who work in complex and/or entrepreneurial settings. You’ll examine recent academic literature and research surrounding strategic leadership while learning practical steps for system optimization (offered 100 percent online).
  • Health Care Administration—Created to prepare graduates for leadership and service in health care organizations at middle- and senior-management levels (offered 100 percent online). 
  • Pre-K-12 District Leadership— Designed to offer graduates an enterprise (district) level of training in the planning and leadership required to influence optimization and improvement among a district’s students, schools, professionals and communities. You’ll learn from a variety of professors who have served as superintendents or district-level leaders (offered in-person or 100 percent online).
  • Professional Practice—Created to help graduates develop an understanding of how cultural influences, ethics and strategic policies and planning influence their ability to lead in any workplace (offered in-person or 100 percent online).

Here’s what to expect:

Flexibility. Take one course at a time. Attend class face-to-face one Saturday a month or complete your degree fully online. Our team of professors and mentors structure the pace of this program with professionals in mind. Study when it’s convenient for you—an hour in the morning over coffee, during your lunch break or after your kids’ bedtime. For 20 years, the manageable workload of this degree has made it a tremendous success for hundreds of working adults.

Instruction that empowers. 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. Discover cultural influences to consider when building and leading a team. Receive the latest insight on research-based technology.

Results. Complete your degree in as few as 27 months and work on your dissertation in conjunction with your coursework. Choose to research a subject matter that pertains to your passions and career. Focus on problems that need solving within your profession and finish the program with a degree and practical solutions in hand.

Interested in earning your Doctor of Education with the addition of administrative licensure? Check out our Ed.S. to Ed.D. bridge program.

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Advance your career with an advanced degree

Trevecca University's Doctor of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice is designed for aspiring leaders like you who wish to advance their careers through garnering skills and expertise in exceptional leadership.

Our comprehensive program appeals to professionals across various fields including:

  • Business 
  • Health care
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Ministry
  • Education

Areas of Study

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

  • Leadership (self, team and organizations)
  • Research (applied research and statistics)
  • Professional Practice (transformational change; cultural influences; strategic policy and planning; professional practice; theories, systems and structures; and technology)

This non-licensure doctoral program extends for 27 months and allows you to complete your dissertation in concert with the rest of your coursework.   

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