Educational Leadership

Doctor of Education: Educational Leadership (EdD)


Avg. Completion Time

3 years (36 months)

Delivery Method


Why Earn an EdD in Educational Leadership Through
Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership prepares Christian scholar-practitioners for relevant, relational and reflective leadership in education at the local, state, national and international levels. The online doctoral program is designed for currently practicing educators who want to remain in the profession and make a difference through servant leadership; who are inspired to lead positive, systemic change to influence teaching and learning for all students; who have the desire to navigate complex problems and design solutions; and who have the capacity to collaborate, listen and reflect.

With an emphasis on the integration of theory and practice, the EdD prepares students to:

  • Employ research-based leadership practices in a variety of educational settings
  • Utilize data-informed decision-making principles in a methodologically sound manner
  • Steward human and financial resources for student learning
  • Apply successful strategies for leading change in educational organizations
  • Engage in systematic study of complex problems of practice
  • Apply research findings to professional education contexts
  • Translate visionary ideas into strategies and actions
  • Make decisions that promote student success based on ethical and legal principles, professional integrity and fairness
  • Navigate the rapidly changing demands of education with a solid grounding in the enduring truths of Scripture

Course Length

8 weeks

Residency Requirement tooltip-icon

No residency

Capstone Requirement tooltip-icon

Action Research Dissertation

Transfer Agreement

Transfer in up to 9 graduate level credits with a grade of B or higher.

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Program Plan

EdD: Educational Leadership (54 Credits)

Biblical Foundation Course 3 Credits

Educational Leadership Courses 39 Credits

Action Research Dissertation 12 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

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Program Distinctive - What makes LBC | Capital's program unique?
  • 36-month program delivered fully online with one 30- to 60-minute weekly synchronous session for each course
  • Scholar-practitioner model enables students to continue serving in their current setting while engaging in studies
  • Integrates theory and practice
  • Teaching and learning takes place through the lens of a biblical worldview.
Career Paths

The EdD in Educational Leadership will prepare you to employ these skills and practices in system-level leadership positions in schools, school districts and state and federal departments, as well as in roles such as head of school, division director, chief academic officer, curriculum director, executive director and other leadership positions.

In this program, students will…
  • Articulate a biblical and personal philosophy of educational leadership.
  • Apply leadership theory and research to professional education contexts and practice.
  • Make decisions that promote student success based on ethical and legal principles, professional integrity and fairness.
  • Utilize data-informed decision-making principles in a methodologically sound manner.
  • Engage in systematic study of complex problems of practice.
  • Steward human and financial resources for student learning.
  • Apply successful strategies for leading change in complex educational organizations.

Program Scope

The following is the proposed scope for this degree program.

Course Title Credits
BTC 503 Foundations for Integration or BTC 504 Perspectives on Integration 3
EDL 801 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Strategic Educational Leadership 3
EDL 805 Organizational Behavior and Change 3
EDL 810 Faith, Ethics, and Equity in the Educational Context 3
EDL 815 Instructional Supervision and Professional Development 3
EDL 820 Data Analysis and Evidence-Based Improvement 3
EDL 825 Politics, Policy, and Governance 3
EDL 830 School Law 3
EDL 835 Planning and Managing Financial Resources 3
EDL 840 Personnel Management 3
EDL 845 Curriculum Design, Management, and Evaluation 3
EDL 850 Technology for Educational Leaders 3
EDU 829 Collaborative Team Approach 3
EDL 860 Systematic Study of Complex Problems of Practice 3
EDL 901 Action Research Proposal 6
EDL 902 Action Research Dissertation 6

Meet the Faculty

Robin Bronkema, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
Bob Dodson, EdD
Professor, Certification Officer, Field Placement Coordinator
Stacey Martin, EdD
Academic Dean of Education, Counseling & Social Work

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