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Educational Leadership Program

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) program is designed for those looking to enhance their specialty knowledge and lead our educational institutions into the future. Our 60-credit-hour online doctorate programs in educational leadership accommodate working professionals and focus on addressing today’s educational issues through development of advanced practitioner skills rooted in sound research methodologies.

This online doctorate in education program can be completed in less than three years. In order to accommodate professional work schedules, our Ed.D. leadership programs can be completed 100% online. Optional on-campus classes are also available and generally meet on Saturdays. This Kentucky Ed.D. degree program empowers graduates to apply the critical- and creative-thinking skills necessary to meet the complex demands placed on organizations dedicated to education and development.

We prepare professional educators to make valuable, cutting-edge contributions in a variety of academic leadership roles and settings. Through research, professional activity, public service and implementation of curriculum in our online doctoral programs in education, our faculty is committed to providing degree candidates the opportunity to expand their professional knowledge and understanding of educational theory, extend their mastery of research and its application to strategic problem-solving, and strengthen their commitment to professional service and ethical decision-making.


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Required Courses*:
Administrative Leadership Core Curriculum – 27 credit hours
ELSA 730 The Politics of Educational Decision-Making, 3 hrs
ELCC 731 Learning in Adulthood, 3 hrs
ELSA 731 Educational Program Evaluation, 3 hrs
ELSA 830 Leadership in Theory and Practice, 3 hrs
ELSA 833 Higher Education in America, 3 hrs
ELSA 835 The Change Process, 3 hrs
ELCC 835 Online Teaching and Learning, 3 hrs
ELCC 836 Grant Writing and Proposal Development, 3 hrs
ELCC 837 Strategic Planning and Decision-Making, 3 hrs


Professional Research – 15 credit hours
ELRE 734 Inferential Statistics in Education, 3 hrs
ELRE 736 Dissertation Seminar, 3 hrs
ELRE 839 Advanced Educational Research, 3 hrs
ELRE 930 Dissertation, 6 hrs

Specialty Area Content – 18 credit hours
Eighteen hours of graduate coursework are earned beyond the Master’s degree in one or more of the following specialty areas: business, counseling, education, English, history, math, psychology, or religion. This component is intended to build upon the core knowledge base, and allows candidates to further explore their interests and career objectives through cross disciplinary study.  Additionally, by earning eighteen hours in a specific field such as one of our specialty areas, graduates meet the minimum accrediting requirements to teach their respective subject at the college level.

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* No more than 18 hours may be transferred into the online Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership program. Transfer hours may form all or part of a specialty area. The 42-hour core consisting of the administrative leadership and research curriculum must be completed at the University of the Cumberlands.

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