Doctor of Education in
Higher Education Teaching


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Program Overview

Be prepared to engage and effectively teach in today’s diverse classrooms. This program 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 program focuses on research-based teaching and learning methodologies.

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.

Degree Plan for Ed.D. in Higher Education Teaching

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

Are There Scholarships Available?

Many of our students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. Click on the links below for more information:

Quest Whole Leader Graduate Scholarships

College of Education Graduate Scholarships

Graduate Tuition and Financial Aid

Reasons to complete my ORU degree Virtually

  • Attend classes from anywhere...in the world
  • Live. interactive lectures in real-time through high-definition video conferencing
  • Taught by ORU on-campus faculty
  • Interact and engage with fellow students and professors in and out of the virtual classroom
  • Access to ORU Virtual resources 24/7
  • Fully accredited and Spirit-empowered degree program

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Dr. Patrick Otto, Ed.D.
Graduate Chair
College of Education

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