Educational Doctorate

The Educational Doctorate in Professional Practice prepares the candidate to bring both theory and praxis into their specific area of educational practice. This program was developed by the faculty of the Helen DeVos College of Education along with Local Education Agency (LEA) partners to give candidates the skills and dispositions to impact education administration, policy, and instruction. This includes understanding the nature of change, the relational aspects of administration, and the leading of an organization that is constantly in flux. Analytical data skills and current assessment techniques are foundational to the degree.

This ongoing degree program is seen as the final degree level offered in the college; it is expected to be a logical extension of the already successful Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree. The primary target audience of this program is currently employed educators in local education agencies, Pre-K through Higher Education. Instructional delivery will be almost exclusively through the traditional classroom setting with certain clinical requirements conducted in Local Education Agencies and other educational environments off-site. Admissions will be rolling throughout the academic year with an expected enrollment of twelve annually.

Ed.D. Core Requirements
EDLR 510 Foundations of Leadership (3)**
EDLR572 Organizational Theory (3)**
EDUC 665 Legal and Ethical Issues (3)
EDUC 675 LEA Technologies (3)
EDUC 683 Instructional Leadership and Coaching (3)
EDUC 684 Curriculum Theory and Design (3)
EDLR 685 Education Policy and Advocacy (3)
EDUC 686 Professional Learning Communities (3)
EDUC 701 Professional Praxis in Modern Education (3)
EDUC 703 Quantitative Research Methods (3)
EDUC 705 Quantitative Research Method (3)
EDUC 791 Dissertation I (3)
EDUC 792 Dissertation II (3)
EDUC 793 Dissertation III (2)
EDUC 794 Dissertation IV (2)
Ed.D. Electives
BUSN 510 Management Philosophy and Ethics (3)
COUN 514 College Student Development (3)
COUN 558 Social and Cultural Diversity (3)
EDLR 571 School Finance and Facilities (3)**
EDLR 573 Curriculum and Instruction (3)**
EDLR 574 Interpersonal Relationships (3)**
EDLR 596 Building Leadership Practicum (3)**
EDLR 681 Community Relations(3)
EDLR 696 District Leadership Practicum (3)
EDUC 599 Cross Cultural Practicum (3)
HEDS 500 Higher Education Environments
HEDS 510 Higher Education Practicum (3)
MAFT 511 Introduction to Family Studies (3)
MAFT 523 Human Growth and Development (3)
MAFT 707 Applied Multivariate Statistics (3)
MAFT 734 Self-Care and Resilience (3)
MAFT 737 Evidence-Based Strategies with At-Risk Youth and Famililes (3)

Other graduate-level courses approved by committee
** Leads to Tennessee ILL-A Licensure
17 Elective Hours Required
60 Total Hours Required

Chan, Roy (F) Ph.D., History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education,
Indiana University
M.A., Higher Education Administration,
Boston College
M.Ed., Comparative Higher Education,
The University of Hong Kong
B.A. University of California, Irvine
Estes, William (F) Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MSE, Admin Sec. Education,
University Central Arkansas
Fisher, Kimberly (P) Ph.D., Trevecca Nazarene University
M. Ed., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Hancock, Bonnie (F) Ed.S., Administration and Supervision,
University of West Georgia
M.Ed., Administration and Supervision,
West Georgia College
Hayes, Michael (P) Ed.D., Education Administration and
Policy Studies, University of
Tennessee at Knoxville
Lawson, Daniel (F) Ed.D., University of Mississippi
Ed.S., University of Missouri
MSE, Science Education, Missouri
State University
McDaniel, Johnny (P) Ed.S., Educational Leadership,
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Milliron, James (F) Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fuller
Theological Seminary
Pierce, Allison (F) Ph.D., Business Administration,
North Central University
MBA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Price, Delia (F) Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University
Raper, Randal (P) Ed.D., Educational Leadership,
Liberty University
Ed.S., Instructional Leadership,
Lincoln Memorial University
Rogers, Brandon (F) Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy,
Virginia Tech
Sargent, Jeff (F) Ph.D., Educational Psychology,
University of Alabama
Smith, Ashley(P) Ed.D, - Educational Leadership,
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Thomas, Jennifer (P) Ph.D., Counseling Education and
Regent University
VanHook, Jayson (P) Ph.D., Educational Studies,
University of Nebraska
Wood, Jesse (F) Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A., B.A., Lee University

For more information and application procedures please contact Crystal Randolph, Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Education,, (423) 614-8544.


Hear a few words about our Educational Doctorate from our dean, Dr. Bill Estes.
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