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Education

Program Overview

Take the next step to lead leaders. This program will prepare you for exemplary leadership as you learn from Christian professors alongside fellow students with a wide range of professional expertise from around the world. Your capacity to lead research-based change will accelerate as you apply your learning in your professional workplace and acquire the skills to lead with confidence.  

Classes are taught in a hybrid, modular format consisting of 2½ days of face-to-face sessions, Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon, accompanied by online pre- and post-assignments. Fall sessions are held in September, October, and November; spring sessions are held in January, February, March, and April. This 54-hour, non-cohort, program is designed to be completed in a minimum of three years, including dissertation. Admission is continuous, with program entry at any point in the fall or spring. 

The program offers four areas of concentration:

1) Higher Education Administration

2) Higher Education Teaching

3) Public School Administration

4) Christian School Administration


The Higher Education Administration Concentration

This concentation is specifically designed to prepare you in administrative skills for leadership positions in college and university settings. 

An Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Administration will equip you to:

  • Exemplify Godly leadership practices in higher education within diverse constituencies
  • Drive higher education reform by drawing on global educational policy development, legal issues, and current research
  • Formulate policy priorities and strategies using the process of policy formation and methodologies to assess education needs
  • Establish administrative policies and educational practices based on theories of adult lifespan and student development
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the governance board and leadership team in higher education institutions, with a focus on law, research, diversity, and policy
  • Effectively complete financial management tasks associated with administration of a higher education institution that require knowledge of the associated laws, financial accounting and audit procedures, regulations, and policies
  • Select and analyze research in order to design an applied research project, drawing on knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, program evaluation, and reporting

Career opportunities include:

  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Higher Education Program Developer
  • Higher Education Institutional Planner
  • Curriculum Director / Instructional Coordinator
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Academic Researcher
  • Education Policy Developer
  • Consultant and Program Developer for Public, Private, and Non-Profit Institutions

 

Ed.D. Higher Education Administration Degree Plan Sheet


The Higher Education Teaching Concentration

This concentration offers the full range of coursework to be a dynamic Christian leader in higher education instruction. Designed for professionals with expertise in a content area, the concentration focuses on research-based teaching and learning methodologies.

An Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Teaching will equip you to:

  • Create and carry out lessons characterized by best practices in lecturing, active learning, and problem-based learning
  • Create valid and reliable tests and assessments, including classroom tests and authentic assessments of projects and problem-based assignments
  • Create original, technology-enhanced learning activities
  • Establish administrative policies and educational practices based on theories of adult lifespan and student development
  • Critically and constructively evaluate the philosophical foundation of various issues and systems from a Christian worldview
  • Select and analyze research in order to design an applied research project, drawing on knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, program evaluation, and reporting

Career opportunities include:

  • University Professor
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Higher Education Institutional Planner
  • Higher Education Program Developer
  • Curriculum Director / Instructional Coordinator
  • Academic Researcher
  • Education Policy Developer
  • Consultant and Program Developer for Public, Private, and Non-Profit Institutions

 

Ed.D. Higher Education Teaching Degree Plan Sheet


The Christian School Administration Concentration

This concentration is designed for the working educator. This comprehensive program will equip you for Superintendent leadership in a Christian school. The program is aligned to the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards and will enable you to successfully complete state certification, as well as the nationally recognized Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) exam offered by ETS®.

An Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: Christian School Administration will equip you to:

  • Apply theories of organization and administration of Christian schools, pre-K through senior high school, to promote community engagement, productive partnerships, collaborative communication, and effective representation
  • Critically and constructively evaluate the philosophical foundation of various issues and systems from a Christian worldview
  • Identify and integrate the leadership knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to plan, implement, and lead future-focused change efforts in educational organizations
  • Understand the legal challenges surrounding finance, policy-making, governance, and politics
  • Understand the components of professional learning communities and implement a collaborative culture in a school environment
  • Select and analyze research in order to design an applied research project, drawing on knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, program evaluation, and reporting

Career opportunities include:

  • Christian School Superintendent
  • Christian School Principal
  • Churches, Missions, and Non-Profit Institutions
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Curriculum Developer / Instructional Coordinator

 

Ed.D. Christian School Administration Degree Plan Sheet


The Public School Administration Concentration

This concentration is designed for the working educator, this comprehensive program will equip you for Superintendent leadership in a public school. It is aligned to the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards and will enable you to successfully complete state certification, as well as the nationally recognized Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) exam offered by ETS®.

An Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: Public School Administration will equip you to:

  • Apply theories of organization and administration of public schools, pre-K through senior high school, to promote community engagement, productive partnerships, collaborative communication, and effective representation
  • Critically and constructively evaluate the philosophical foundation of various issues and systems from a Christian worldview
  • Identify and integrate the leadership knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to plan, implement, and lead future-focused change efforts in educational organizations
  • Understand the legal challenges surrounding finance, policy-making, governance and politics
  • Understand the components of professional learning communities and implement a collaborative culture in a school environment
  • Select and analyze research in order to design an applied research project, drawing on knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, program evaluation, and reporting

Career opportunities include: 

  • Public School Superintendent
  • Public School Principal
  • Non-Profit Institutions
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Curriculum Developer / Instructional Coordinator

 

Ed.D. Public School Administration Degree Plan Sheet

What makes ORU’s Doctor of Education program stand out?

Through the philosophy of Whole Person Education, we create an atmosphere of collaboration, nurture imagination and court the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by dedicating ourselves to being masters of our craft.

On top of this, you’ll learn directly from faith-grounded professionals who know what it takes to succeed in today’s educational industry while leading with purpose to make a difference.

Above all, our unique mission to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through Whole Person Education can set you apart as an inspiring educational professional called to make a difference. You’ll experience a life-transforming education that will prepare you for a career in the world of education leadership.

Our commitment to equip Spirit-empowered leaders is why you can graduate from this program fully prepared to lead with purpose. The ORU Doctor of Education program will empower and challenge you to do your finest work!

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The college of education is also accredited by the following 

  • Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP )
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The ORU College of Education is recognized by the following agencies:

  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education

The ORU College of Education holds memberships with the following associations:

  • American Association of College of Teacher Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities

The administrative programs are aligned to the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards for building and district level leaders. The Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) from ETS® is aligned to the NELP standards and is used as one of several instruments to measure candidate success:

Are there scholarships available?

The Graduate School of Education provides the following Graduate Scholarships.

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