Doctor of Education

Southeastern’s Doctor of Education program features an interdisciplinary approach to leadership in education, business, ministry, research, policy and nonprofit institutions. Concentrations are designed to prepare individuals to enhance their leadership, evaluation and advocacy skills in organizations requiring advanced abilities and expertise. Enhance your career with a concentration in curriculum and instruction or organizational leadership.The program, which includes 54 credit hours, will prepare you to be a well-rounded, qualified servant leader who can take on the challenges facing organizations of all kinds. Benefits include instruction from faculty members with decades of experience in their respective fields, a flexible delivery method that maximizes your research time and face-to-face instruction and the foundation of a Christian worldview.

Study primarily online through our convenient MyFire learning portal, while also gaining valuable face-to-face instruction during one-week summer courses on campus.

Program Details

15 hours of doctoral core
9 hours of research education
12 hours of dissertation
18 hours of concentration courses
Total credit hours — 54

Six 8-week terms online (fall, spring, summer)
One weeklong face-to-face intensive course on campus each spring or summer
Dissertation defense on campus or online
Program length — 3–4 years

Cost per credit hour — $500
Estimated total tuition cost — $27,000*

*Note: A Doctoral Writing fee of $200 will apply to each semester of the program. This fee will cover the extensive doctoral writing support, the Brightspace platform, residencies, intensives, library services, and the extra costs associated with operating and attending an excellent doctoral program. Additional fees may also apply. See our tuition & fees page for details.

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

Sample Core Courses

  • Principles of Leadership and Ethics (EDUC 6013) — This course studies the theories, models, nature, styles, skills and dynamics of effective leadership. Emphasis is placed on synthesizing these traits and concepts into a Biblical model of ethical and servant leadership to lead, manage and transform organizations.
  • Learning and Cognition (EDUC 6023) — This course is an in-depth analysis of theories of learning and cognition and their impact on instructional practice and policy.
  • Program Evaluation (EDUC 6063) — 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.
  • Regionally accredited graduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • For non-native English speakers, a current TOEFL score at the mean level or higher
  • Current professional vita
  • Christian faith statement (two- to three-page essay)
  • Minimum of three full-time years of successful experience in a related field
  • Professional writing sample: minimum of five pages
    (e.g., articles, graduate research papers/assignments, published work, etc.)
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Background check consent form

* Failure to meet one of these standards may not immediately disqualify a candidate, depending on the strength of the other components. For example, an applicant with a 3.5 GPA but only two years of experience may still be considered by the graduate admission committee. Other requirements are detailed on the application. Applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis, and the decision of the committee is final.


Core Courses

Principles of Leadership and Ethics

Historical and Social Foundations of Organization

Learning, Mentoring, and Cognition

Program Evaluation

Public Policy

Research Core

Foundations of Research

Qualitative Research

Quantitative Research


Comprehensive Exam


Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

Curriculum Theory, Concepts and Design

Instructional Design and Tech-Mediated Delivery

Research and Evaluation of Curriculum

Practicum in Curriculum Development

2 Doctoral Electives

Organizational Leadership Concentration

Organizational Systems and Management

Organizational Change and Strategies

Critical Issues in Leadership

Practicum in Organizational Leadership

2 Doctoral Electives

School superintendent


College instructor


Master teacher

Curriculum specialist

Nonprofit leader

Christian education director

Business consultant

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Visit SEU.edu/apply to get the process started. You can also contact Dr. Jim Anderson, chair of the Doctor of Education program, at 863-667-5366 or jaanderson2@seu.edu for more information.

Applications are received throughout the year and will be reviewed until May 1, but April 1 is the priority deadline each year for applying to be a part of the upcoming cohort and the summer face-to-face classes.

Priority applications for the winter cohort are due October 1 each year and will be accepted until November 1. Qualified applicants will be accepted and admitted upon approval by the EdD committee. Applicants will be notified as soon as they are accepted. Class registration and precourse work for face-to-face classes begin shortly after that time.

We believe that our faculty, staff and students make us unique, but the following are some other highlights:

  • Our mission and focus on Christ and servant leadership
  • The interdisciplinary design of our program and specializations, as well as the faculty and the multiple disciplines represented
  • Our faculty’s personalized approach, which ensures that you complete the program without delays, as well as the program’s rigor, which will prepare you for higher levels of service and advocacy in your chosen field

Some possible career options include working in administration or teaching at a college or university, as well as serving as an area coordinator for a school district or nonprofit, curriculum specialist, consultant, program evaluator or other related profession.

The PhD is designed to prepare students for a lifetime of conducting research in a given field and/or teaching research at advanced levels. The degree often involves greater numbers of credit hours and experience in research design, research methods and statistics, as well as conducting research under the tutelage of a faculty researcher and a greater emphasis on publication in scholarly journals. The EdD, on the other hand, is typically designed to be a practitioner’s degree in which the student continues to work in his or her field in order to apply theory and research. Both the PhD and the EdD are considered terminal degrees and typically require the defense of a dissertation.

Tuition for the doctoral program is $500 per credit hour, plus a $50 application fee (waived if you are an SEU alum or attend a doctoral program open house event) and a $130 graduation fee.

There is a $50 application fee (waived if you attend an open house or are an SEU alum) and a $180 graduation fee (required whether or not you participate in the graduation ceremony). Unlike at many other universities, there are no fees levied each semester or term.

Depending on each professor’s preferences, books are typically ordered separately and paid for by the student through the bookstore and/or online sources. However, some professors are designing course packets (usually a collection of readings), which will be published through the bookstore. When taking this route, professors are encouraged to include articles and relevant websites rather than textbooks (by acquiring copyright permissions) to include in the course management system so that students can read online or print their own copies.

We suggest budgeting $120–$150 per course for books.

Please contact SEU financial services for information. A number of veterans and active duty doctoral students attend SEU using their GI Bill.

There are no scholarships available at this time for clergy or faculty dependents.

We do not offer graduate fellowships at this time. However, we are looking into securing possible donors to endow fellowships for outstanding doctoral candidates.

Yes, two doctoral graduate assistantships are available each calendar year. Doctoral graduate assistants must be doctoral students at SEU. The application can be found in the graduate education forum in MyFire, our course management system. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Doctoral graduate assistants (DGAs) work with faculty a maximum of 20 hours each week for either the fall, winter, spring or summer terms. DGAs should live within driving distance of the main campus. Their duties may include teaching, researching, providing clerical help and overseeing special projects.

Go to www.nslds.gov and sign in to get exact due dates and amounts.

Yes, if the following conditions are satisfied:

  • The courses are graduate-level (5000-level or above) and relevant to your course work at SEU, were earned at an accredited university and were completed less than eight years ago.
  • The courses have not counted previously toward another degree program. In other words, you can’t transfer courses into the doctoral program that you took for a master’s or specialist degree.
  • Your academic advisor approves the transfer based on information you provide in your course substitution form.
  • Once an EdD student begins his or her course work at SEU, no transient credit hours (future courses taken at another university) will be allowed, except on a case-by-case basis as approved by the College of Education EdD committee.

You can transfer a maximum of 18 credit hours.

While we no longer require GRE scores, if you have scores, it is a good idea to include them with your application. They will be taken into consideration as a part of the overall admission package. We are looking for average scores: a combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the revised GRE (since 2011) and a 3.5 (out of 6) on the writing section of the exam. For scores earned prior to 2011, a combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections is desired. However, the application packet will be viewed holistically. GRE scores that do not meet the cut-off scores will not prohibit a student’s acceptance into the program. Because the GRE is cross-walked to the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), we can also accept the GMAT in lieu of the GRE.

The graduate handbook/catalog states:

Students from Nonregionally Accredited Programs

Graduates from nonregionally accredited undergraduate programs may apply for admission to Southeastern University graduate programs. These applicants may be admitted with provisional status on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the dean and faculty of the college housing the graduate program. Admission decisions will be based on the overall application (which may include a request for additional evidence of qualifications), as well as the quality of the undergraduate program. Provisional students must complete their first four courses (12 credit hours) with at least a B in each course in order to continue in the program.

Provisional Standing

Students who do not meet all the admission requirements may be considered for provisional standing. To obtain provisional standing, the applicant must demonstrate to the faculty of the particular program that he or she is capable of graduate work by meeting most of the requirements for admission while providing an acceptable plan for completing any requirement(s) that is/are deficient and/or by demonstrating ability to do graduate-level work by completing 12 credit hours of graduate study with a B or better in each course and/or satisfying other provisional requirements set at the time of admission.

Credit hours earned during provisional standing will not be transferred as regular matriculated credit until the provisional standing has been officially changed to regular standing. The student must comply with all general academic requirements expected of students with regular standing, such as prerequisites and amount and quality of work. Matriculation after notification of provisional admission requirements constitutes an agreement to satisfy these requirements prior to moving to regular standing. If during the provisional period the student complies with all admission requirements and is ready to move from provisional standing to regular standing, the appropriate graduate faculty will notify the Office of the Registrar. The Change of Standing Form will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar. If the student cannot meet the admission requirements during provisional status, the student may be asked to withdraw from graduate classes.

The appropriate graduate faculty will review the status of the provisional student after the student completes 12 credit hours or according to other terms consistent with the provisional admission requirements. A student may remain on provisional standing for only 12 credit hours unless special circumstances exist and permission for an extension is given by the EdD committee.

Please submit your unofficial transcript to Dr. Patty LeBlanc, chair of the Doctor of Education program, at pbleblanc@seu.edu. She will review your course history and advise you accordingly. SEU’s accrediting agency requires that no more than 10% of our student body come from nonregionally accredited colleges or universities.

The course work takes approximately 2.25 years for full-time students. Full-time students take six credits hours every 12 weeks, while part-time students may take one course per term. Therefore, the program will take three to four years for completion if you take two courses each summer, fall, winter and spring, depending on the length of time needed to complete your dissertation.

One week-long intensive course are offered face-to-face (on campus) in either the winter or summer, depending on when you start the program. The other three terms consist of two online courses for full-time students or one online course for part-time students using our course management system, MyFire.

SEU uses MyFire and The Learning House, which are online course management systems using Moodle as their infrastructure. The Learning House offers 24/7 technical support for students and faculty members. It also facilitates the structure and look of each course to maintain consistency.

In our Doctor of Education program, you will advance through a specific course sequence as part of a cohort of students. You will remain with this same cohort throughout the duration of your program unless you choose to attend part time. If you are a working professional, this may be an option to consider. A new cohort begins each winter and summer.

Generally, the winter cohort begins the first week of January and the summer cohort begins the second week of July (this may be subject to change each year due to holidays).

The maximum cohort size is 30 students.

The amount of group work required depends on the instructor; some instructors require group work, and some make it optional. This also depends on the specific course, as some lend themselves to collaboration and some do not.

SEU’s Steelman Library offers a comprehensive collection of databases for doctoral-level research. Their features will be reviewed in the first face-to-face class, which is EDUC 6003 Doctor of Education Orientation and Introduction.

ACE serves all students at SEU via tutoring, workshops, assignment review, APA citation help and other services geared toward the individual learner.

Southeastern University’s faculty and staff are committed to ensuring that you have a great experience in the Doctor of Education program. Once accepted into the program, contact the Office of Academic Success (OAS) to document a diagnosed condition and the accommodations required. You will need to email each professor as you progress through the program to inform him or her of your accommodations that have been approved by OAS. More information can be obtained by calling OAS at 863.667.5041.

Housing is available for the summer intensive only, and there will be a small charge. Each room is a typical dorm-style setup and comes with wireless connections. Families are welcome as well for an additional charge. Prior to the start of each summer intensive, students will be given the option of signing up for on-campus housing. The specific details will be sent out at that time.