Doctor of Education in
Christian School Administration


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Program Overview

This is where your passion meets your purpose. Designed for the working educator, this comprehensive program will equip you for Superintendent leadership in a Christian 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®. PASL certification provides unique recognition of your ability to effectively use school improvement strategies.

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. There is also the option to participate remotely in a live class via Zoom or by viewing the Zoom recording of a class on your own schedule. 

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 Christian School Administration

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

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

Experience what students around the world have gained earning a degree with ORU Virtually.


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

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