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.
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.
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:
- A regionally accredited graduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
- A minimum of three full-time years of successful experience in a related field
- For non-native English speakers, a current TOEFL score at the mean level or higher
Course Number Course Title Description Credits EDUC 6013 Principles of Leadership and Ethics This course studies the theories, models, nature, styles, skills, and dynamics of effective leadership. Emphasis is placed upon synthesizing these traits and concepts into a Biblical model of ethical and servant leadership to lead, manage, and transform organizations. 3 EDUC 6023 Learning and Cognition This course is an in-depth analysis of theories of learning and cognition and their impact on instructional practice and policy. 3 EDUC 6033 Historical and Social Foundations of Organizations This course outlines the historical and philosophical principles and theories that have shaped organizations. An understanding of social and historical foundations will assist students in their analysis of contemporary issues. 3 EDUC 6063 Program Evaluation This course is an exploration of principles and methods of effective program evaluation including planning, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and reporting. Case studies in program evaluation will be emphasized. 3 EDUC 6073 Public Policy This course will explore the reciprocal relationships between professional practice and public policy at the local, state, and federal levels. The course will address theoretical frameworks and research that inform public policy, the impact of public policy, and methods for influencing sound public policy. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits EDUC 7003 Foundations of Research This course is designed to prepare doctoral students to become proficient in analyzing and evaluating qualitative and quantitative research. Students will examine the impact of research design and analysis on decision making that informs professional practice. 3 EDUC 7013 Qualitative Research This course outlines the philosophical foundations, conceptual frameworks, and current trends in qualitative research design, analysis, and reporting. Students will explore methods for gathering, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative data. 3 EDUC 7023 Quantitative Research This course is an exploration of quasi-experimental, experimental, and correlational research design, analysis, and reporting. 3
Curriculum & Instruction Concentration
Course Number Course Title Description Credits EDUC 8003 Curriculum Theory, Concepts and Design This course is an examination of the theoretical constructs of curriculum, taking into consideration the functional and developmental process of curriculum. An understanding of the development and implementation of curriculum will be explored by examining philosophical and theoretical perspectives. In-depth analysis of design models will be conducted and applied to the assessment of learner outcomes. The relationship of curriculum development to teaching and learning will be emphasized. 3 EDUC 8013 Instructional Design & Development for Tech-Mediated Delivery This course focuses on instructional design processes and review standards and provides exposure to and experience with technology tools for teaching and learning. 3 EDUC 8023 Research and Evaluation of Curriculum This course explores the influence of research and evaluation on the design and implementation of curricula. 3 EDUC 8033 Practicum in Curriculum Development This course is designed as a practicum in which students will apply theory, knowledge, research, and writing skills developed in the doctoral program to address a critical need or issue in the fields of curriculum and instruction. The course is managed as a project-based experience in collaboration with an organizational mentor and a faculty mentor. 3
Select two of the following:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits EDUC 7033 Advanced Quantitative Research This course is an advanced exploration of experimental research design, sampling, hypothesis testing, tests of significance, inferential statistics, analysis and interpretation of data, and reporting. 3 EDUC 8123 Teaching and Learning with Students of Poverty This course addresses the specific learning and developmental needs of students living in poverty. In-depth research will be examined on the impact of poverty on children, the systems that perpetuate poverty, the structures that disrupt poverty, and instructional strategies to better meet the needs of students living in poverty. 3 EDUC 8133 Educational Leadership and Diverse Populations The course explores the school leader's role in delivering appropriate programming for diverse populations. Challenges and best practices related to each diverse population's needs will be identified, compared, implemented, and evaluated. 3 EDUC 8143 Grant Writing, Administration and Evaluation This course is designed to develop students' abilities to find grant opportunities, write competitive grant applications, administer grants effectively, and evaluate and report the overall impact of grant initiatives. 3
Organizational Leadership Concentration
Course Number Course Title Description Credits OLED 8003 Organizational Systems and Management This course addresses the structure and design of organizations. Key concepts include management (fundamentals, culture, ethics, environment, decision- making, learning, conflict, communication), planning (strategic management, systems thinking), organizing (theory, structure, design, technologies, and change) and monitoring (performance management, measurement, and effectiveness). 3 OLED 8813 Organizational Change and Strategies This course prepares learners to apply behavioral science to the hyper-turbulent environment of the 21st century. Students will be introduced to techniques and methodologies to systematically produce high-performing organizations. The course helps leaders contrast management versus leadership styles of stability in order to minimize management chaos and instability within organizations. 3 OLED 8023 Critical Issues in Organizational Leadership This course identifies critical areas leaders face within organizations. The course will explore ways for leaders to process and confront critical issues in legal, environmental, ethical, resource, and production areas. 3 OLED 8033 Practicum in Organizational Leadership This course is designed as a practicum in which students will apply theory, knowledge, research, and writing skills developed in the doctoral program to address a critical need or issue in the field of organizational leadership. The course is managed as a project-based experience in collaboration with an organizational mentor and a faculty mentor. 3
Select two of the following:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits OLED 8003 Organizational Systems and Management This course addresses the structure and design of organizations. Key concepts include management (fundamentals, culture, ethics, environment, decision- making, learning, conflict, communication), planning (strategic management, systems thinking), organizing (theory, structure, design, technologies, and change) and monitoring (performance management, measurement, and effectiveness). 3 OLED 8113 Higher Education Leadership, Organization and Management This course is an examination of organizational leadership and managerial theories and practices to address critical issues facing of institutions of higher education in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on servant leadership. 3 OLED 8123 Education Policy and Social Justice This course will focus on and explore how current policies in education impact social justice and related events in the United States. While investigating social issues that cause current divisions among many Americans, this course will explore how leaders within educational and related systems can help advocate for, implement, and/or change policies that would improve community relations and the reality or perception of social injustice. 3 OLED 8133 Educational Leadership for Diverse Populations The course explores the school leader's role in delivering appropriate programming for diverse populations. Challenges and best practices related to each diverse populations' needs will be identified, compared, implemented, and evaluated. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits EDUC 9000 Comprehensive Exam Ed.D. students must pass the comprehensive exam prior to admission to candidacy and to registering for dissertation credits. 0 EDUC 9012 Dissertation I The dissertation is the major capstone research and writing project designed to demonstrate program mastery and to make an original contribution to the professional field. This course is the first phase of the dissertation process and is designed to prepare doctoral students to develop and defend a research proposal. 2 EDUC 9022 Dissertation II This course is the second phase of the major capstone research and writing project designed to demonstrate program mastery and to make an original contribution to the professional field. Students will conduct and write a review of literature related to their dissertation research. 2 EDUC 9032 Dissertation III This course is the third phase of the major capstone research and writing project designed to demonstrate program mastery and to make an original contribution to the professional field. Students will write the research methods section of the dissertation and begin the data collection phase of the dissertation. 2 EDUC 9042 Dissertation IV This course is the fourth phase of the major capstone research and writing project designed to demonstrate program mastery and to make an original contribution to the professional field. Students will analyze their research data and write the results section of the dissertation. 2 EDUC 9052 Dissertation V This course is the fifth phase of the major capstone research and writing project designed to demonstrate program mastery and to make an original contribution to the professional field. Students will write the discussion section of the dissertation. 2 EDUC 9062 Dissertation VI This course is the final phase of the major capstone research and writing project designed to demonstrate program mastery and to make an original contribution to the professional field. Students will defend the research study and prepare the dissertation for dissemination to the public. 2
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$500 per credit hour||$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.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.Learn More
Our doctor of education online program prepares you for several advanced careers within the field. Some of the potential career outcomes include:
- School Superintendent
- Curriculum Specialist
- College Instructor
- Christian Education Director
- Nonprofit Leader
- Business Consultant
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- Yes. Our online students are an extension of our community. You are welcome to visit campus, use our library or other amenities and attend campus events.
- Typically, you don’t have to take these exams. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
Benefits of Learning Online
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