Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Administration and Leadership

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree in Administration and Leadership is a program for professionals who wish to affect their institutions, organizations, or communities through sound leadership principles based on a Christian worldview.  This research-based program encourages practitioners to expand their knowledge base, examine the intricacies of leadership, contribute to their fields of study, and inspire meaningful change in their environments.

The cohort-based program is 57 credit hours post-masters and takes approximately 32 months to complete.  Most classes will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 10 pm. Some class sessions will occur on the weekends and some will be offered in a hybrid format. Various aspects of the dissertation process are embedded throughout the program structure.  The focus is given to supporting each learner’s academic and professional development and lines of inquiry through a relevant and meaningful application of program concepts and theories.

Questions? Contact Patti Milford at 405-491-6346 or

Courses and Descriptions

Servant Leadership (3)This course will focus on Biblical and worldview perspectives in the area of leading shareholders, citizens, and the workplace of the student and in companionship with the SNU mission.  The practices, standards, and styles of leadership will be introduced and examined with a variety of teaching methods and experiences. Understanding the critical intersection of leadership and servanthood will help frame each student’s philosophy as a visionary leader.

Inter/Intra-Personal Leadership (3) – Concentrating on the understanding and development of one’s self and others, this course will build on the inter- and intrapersonal leadership skills previously accomplished by participants.  It will facilitate the discovery of a diverse range of human practices as they relate to personal and organizational relationships in a variety of areas.  Learners will analyze these relationships through research and philosophical positions and will examine connections in historical and contemporary contexts.

Research Traditions (3) – This course explores advanced research strategies and the development of designs and methods supporting research in leadership. Exposure to rich research traditions in the field of leadership and both knowledge and skills to begin doctoral research will be introduced. Students will achieve the skills necessary to search for, retrieve and analyze information and data from a variety of sources. Students will also begin the development of the scholarly writing needed to successfully complete their dissertation research.

Research: The Literature Review (3) The Literature Review course will develop strong research, critical thinking, and writing skills to better equip students in their completion of the literature review section of their dissertation. The course focuses on understanding the purpose of the literature review and the fundamental skills needed to complete it such as developing search strategies, synthesizing sources, and constructing paragraphs. Learners will be required to apply writing, research, and critical thinking skills in writing components of the literature review and will also have a working draft of the Literature Review of their dissertation when the course is complete.

Collaboration and Team Building (3) –  This course will focus on collaborative and team building leadership skills.  The course emphasis will navigate areas such as constructing a team’s collective goals, creating role definitions within a team, managing conflict, team collaboration, and productive professional relations. Students will be exposed to knowledge of empowering leaders to create productive and effective decision-making skills in the workforce. This course will include a practicum to support the areas noted above.   

Visionary Leadership (3) – This course will develop an understanding of how to inspire, motivate, and rally around a shared and corporate vision.  Students will explore innovative strategies and the implementation of those concepts with other colleagues in the workplace.  An emphasis will be placed on creating purposeful goals for the organization and visionary sustainability.

Mixed Methods (6) –

Quantitative Research (3)This course introduces students to quantitative methodology. Students will learn about descriptive and inferential statistics through the exposure to parametric and non-parametric design models. Learners will obtain the skills to utilize their newly acquired methodology knowledge to critically analyze existing quantitative research.

Qualitative Research (3) – This course explores and analyzes the traditions, philosophies, and techniques of qualitative research. Students will experience participant observation, interviewing, and document analysis.  Students will practice qualitative techniques and engage in initial data analysis related to their dissertation research.

Strategic Planning (3) – This course will present the critical importance of strategic planning for the purpose of implementing the goals of the organization. Practical skills will be presented for building short and long term strategies based on current theories in strategic planning as well as best practices in multiple environments.

Evaluation, Planning, and Change (3) – This course will focus on assessing and recognizing the goals of an organization.  Strategic planning models will be introduced and discussed.  The students will develop skills and knowledge on how to prepare the workplace for phases of implementing strategies for effective and progressive change.

Cultural Leadership and Ethics (3) – This course will develop an understanding of the different aspects of cultural and diverse influences on leadership.  This course will examine the interaction of internal/external cultures and the impact that transitions to leadership and ethics.  Ethical issues and practices will be analyzed as they relate to the decisions and styles of the leader.

Law and Policy (3) –  This course will provide an analysis of State and Federal regulations, guidelines and court decisions related to education, business, and public service organizations.  Students will examine the impact of these processes and policies and project trends and applications for governance and policy-making based on theory and observation.

Technology and Administration (3) – The focus of this course is multi-faceted. Learners will analyze, critique, discuss, and develop learner-centered, curriculum-based instruction that utilizes technology in authentic and meaningful ways for those in leadership roles. Students will complete in-depth investigations of specific learning tools and present their findings concerning the uses of the tool. Scholars will explore the latest research into how technology can most effectively facilitate their leadership.  Learners will also investigate technology-related issues such as integration models, safety and health, copyright, evaluation of web resources, assessment, and assistive technologies.

Global Perspectives in Leadership (3) – More than ever in the past, the ability to lead effectively, respectfully, and sensitively across cultures has become crucial. This course offers its learners opportunities to examine global systems and traditions along with comparing and contrasting cross-cultural communications, famous international leaders’ models, and proven global leadership methods.  Additionally, the learners in this course will develop and assess innovative and effective leadership approaches that foster global awareness and education.

Organizational Leadership and Theory (3) – This course will present the relationship of theory and implementation to leadership practices.  Based on research, students will develop vision and mission statements that relate to the structure and functions of organizations. Learners will complete a project developing mission and vision statements for an approved organization, including the collaboration of stakeholders and documentation and reflection of the process.

Dissertation (12) Doctoral students will be enrolled in dissertation credits each term. These will be determined by program mapping courses starting with the first term of the program. The dissertation is embedded within each term. Students must maintain a minimum of 2 dissertation hours each term until their dissertation is successfully defended. The Dissertation Proposal Meeting will occur between Term One and Term Two. The result will be a program of study agreed upon by both the learner and the learner’s Dissertation Committee members.

Admission standards must include the following or their equivalents:

  • Completed Graduate Application  
  • Master’s degree or 33 graduate hours in an equivalent program from a regionally accredited college or university;
  •   Demonstration of satisfactory writing ability i.e. included but not limited to writing samples from coursework or presentations – you may use the Position or Vision Statement
  •   Cumulative GPA in graduate work of 3.25 or higher;
  •   Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  •   Two letters of recommendation
  •   Position or Vision Statement reflecting the student’s purpose for application, including initial plans for research (dissertation topic)

Please send all Admissions documents by email to or mail:

ATTN: Julie Rickner
SNU School of Education
6729 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008

Upon request:

  •   Interview with the Program Director and two advisory council members who determine the purposeful intent and commitment of the applicant in seeking admission
  •   For non-native English speakers, either an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS, or minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL iBT are:
    • Speaking: 22
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 15
    • Writing: 20

February, 2020 – Tulsa
July 2020 – Online

Program Costs

Program Length: 57 Credit Hours

Tuition: $750/Credit Hour

Effective July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Financial Assistance – Candidates in this program may be eligible to receive Title IV federal unsubsidized loan money (depending on where they stand in their lifetime aggregate limits and being in good standing on any previous loan repayment commitments).

Questions regarding your specific needs can be directed to SNU Graduate Financial Aid Counselor Jan Green at or at 405-491-6685.


Patti Milford
School of Education

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