Doctor of Education in Executive Educational Leadership
Doctorate in Education Leadership Online EdD

About the Degree

The doctoral program in Executive Educational Leadership (EdD) is designed for individuals who already hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and have demonstrated strong leadership skills in an educational setting. It is a selective program, designed to be completed with a residential cohort of approximately 20 individuals and an online cohort of students. The courses are offered in a fixed sequence and are designed to accommodate the working professional.

This program aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to be hired and retained as high-quality administrators in public and private school systems. The program will provide learning experiences that will help to develop students’ professionalism (e.g., ethical knowledge, values-based decision making, critical and systemic
thinking, leadership and cooperation) in addition to coursework that provides the foundational knowledge for success in their discipline.

Initial academic advisement is carried out by the Director of the Doctoral Program. Once candidates are admitted, they are assigned an advisor from among the doctoral faculty.

Special Requirements

  • The EdD program is designed as a three-year program for a cohort of students.
  • Each EdD student is expected to enroll and successfully complete each course.
  • The student is expected to advance to candidacy and complete all courses and examinations within the
    period specified by the EdD doctoral unit.
  • The student is expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA with no grades below a B in any Doctoral courses.
  • The student must pass all required examinations within two attempts.
  • A student who fails to make satisfactory progress may be officially disqualified from the university upon
    recommendation of the program faculty and in accordance with the established university policies.

Executive Educational Leadership Degree Plan

[PDF]Doctor of Education in Executive Educational Leadership (EdD) Degree Plan

Credit Requirements

The doctoral program consists of 63 credit hours with 23 hours in core leadership courses, 19 hours in core research courses, and 21 hours in executive educational leadership. An overlap of courses leading to superintendent certification and the executive educational leadership core exists.

Candidates who follow the degree plan as it is currently presented will be able to complete the program (coursework and dissertation) in three academic years. Candidates are allowed six years to complete the program.

This program is 100% online.


Houston Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral degrees.