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Doctor of Education: P-12 and Higher Ed (Online)

Format: Online
Credit Hours: 36 – 69
Entry Term: Fall

Are you a school leader looking to enhance your leadership skills?

Program Overview

The Doctor of Education Degree program in Educational Leadership, now offered online beginning fall 2023, is designed to enhance the experienced school administrator’s leadership skills through: (1) advanced preparation that strengthens decision-making, problem-solving, and leadership skills essential to the management of increasingly complex educational organizations, and (2) engagement in guided field research that develops the inquiry skills necessary for effective leadership and management practice.

The program uses an inquiry approach that employs problem-solving and research skills applicable to multiple problems and issues. The purpose is to generate an inquiry orientation so that participants will learn to solve problems from broad perspectives. Participants identify, diagnose, and define problems, analyze their component parts contextually and systematically, and develop solutions that are immediately applicable and that deal with underlying issues. Experiences over the course of the doctoral program in Educational Leadership become candidate-led, field-based investigations of educational problems and potential solutions.

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Key program features include:

  • Enrollment in cohort groups organized to support learning and professional networking
  • Instruction in the program is 100% online, with some synchronous online class sessions in Stage 2.
  • Curriculum stresses practical knowledge and skills for preparing scholar-practitioners to become transformational leaders

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership provides two strand options:

P-12 Administration –

Candidates entering the Ed.D. program must have certification in Education Leadership-Tier II and Level 6 teaching certification. P-12 candidates with this certification are exempt from the first 30 credit hours of Ed.D. coursework (Stage I coursework) and enter the program directly into the Stage 2 coursework phase. Candidates who do not possess this certification are not eligible for admission.

Higher Education Administration –

Persons pursuing the Higher Education Administration strand need not have leadership certification to be eligible for consideration for entry into the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership.


The Georgia Southern University Office of Graduate Admissions oversees the application process for graduate students. Please review the links below for admission requirements and deadlines.


Ed.D., Educational Leadership Program Director
Elise Cain, Ph.D.

Spotlight Story

“I find that my work as a leadership educator is more rooted in research and evidence-based practices since completing my work in the program,…I’m now able to build more meaningful leadership programming through the backwards-course-design approach, and I am able to align leadership learning with evidence-based teaching strategies.”

John Egan, Ed.D. ’19

A new playing field: former athlete turned educational leader inspires students to be campus, community leaders. Read a spotlight story for the Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program.

Where can I obtain additional information?

Ed.D., Educational Leadership Program Director
Elise Cain, Ph.D.


Contact the Graduate Academic Service Center at:
Georgia Southern University College of Education,
P. O. Box 8013,
Statesboro, GA 30460

Professional Certification Disclosure.

The College of Education anticipates that graduates of the Doctor of Education: P-12 and Higher Education program will seek state licenses or certifications.

The program listed above leads to a Georgia Certificate Upgrade. Visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for more information. The College of Education has not determined where its programs will qualify a graduate to take the required exams in other states or territories. Check the requirements of your state or territory using the link provided.

For all Online Programs:

Federal Law requires colleges and universities to make certain disclosures to prospective students of these programs. These disclosures include information on the University’s authority to operate outside of Georgia, complaint processes, adverse actions, and refunds.

For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.

Last updated: 3/21/2022