With Southeastern University’s Doctor of Education online program, you’ll strengthen your leadership, evaluation and advocacy skills with advanced knowledge for a variety of careers.

Become a competent and effective expert and pursue critical leadership roles in a variety of fields, such as education, business, ministry, research, policy and nonprofits. Through our faith-based program, you will harness and enhance key educational, leadership and decision-making abilities so that you can thrive in an educational or organizational profession. Transform into a well-rounded and qualified servant leader as you build your foundation through a Christian worldview.

In this hybrid program, you will learn from professors who have decades of experience in their fields. Through rigorous course work, you’ll become prepared for real-world challenges. Our faculty members incorporate research-based practices into their instruction to ensure you’re demonstrating the most current methodology in your work. This doctoral program is unique with its interdisciplinary design and its specializations, as well as the multiple disciplines represented and SEU’s mission and focus on Christ and servant leadership.

Our Doctor of Education degree offers two concentrations:

Curriculum and Instruction

Learn the theories and concepts behind curriculum and instructional development. Research and evaluate the design and implementation of curricula. This concentration requires the completion of a practicum in which you will apply knowledge, theory, research and writing skills to address an issue within this field.

Organizational Leadership

Explore the structure and design of organizations, including management, planning, organizing and monitoring. Examine the techniques and methodologies for developing successful businesses, and study the critical issues in legal, environmental, resource, ethical and production areas of organizations. The concentration also requires the completion of a practicum.

In addition, this program requires you to pass a comprehensive exam and complete a dissertation. There are two periodic in-person intensives offered on our campus in Lakeland, Florida, which are scheduled to be convenient to existing school breaks.

Southeastern University’s Doctor of Education is a non-licensure program. For specific information about specific certification or licensure requirements and applications, contact your state’s department of education.


Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Courses and Requirements

The Doctor of Education requires a total of 54 credits. The doctoral core courses make up 15 of the credits, and the research core consists of nine credits. You may choose one of two concentrations, each totaling 18 credits. A 12-credit dissertation is required. The entire program takes up to four years to complete.

Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s online Doctor of Education program must have:

  1. A regionally accredited graduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  2. A minimum of three full-time years of successful experience in a related field
  3. For non-native English speakers, a current TOEFL score at the mean level or higher

Courses required to complete the program.

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How to Apply

When applying to SEU’s doctor of education, you will need:

  • Completed application
  • Current professional vita
  • A two- to three-page Christian faith statement
  • A professional writing sample (minimum five pages): e.g., articles, graduate research papers/assignments, published work, etc.
  • Two professional references
  • Background check consent form
  • Consent to comply form

Tuition and Fees

Component Cost Total*
Tuition $500 per credit hour $27,000
Totals $27,000

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated six to eight semesters to complete. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.

Financial Aid

At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.

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Career Outcomes

Our doctor of education online program prepares you for several advanced careers within the field. Some of the potential career outcomes include:

  • School Superintendent
  • Principal
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • College Instructor
  • Christian Education Director
  • Nonprofit Leader
  • Business Consultant

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Benefits of Learning Online

By studying online with SEU, you’ll experience the luxury of being able to complete your course work during your own time, wherever you may be.

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