Education Doctorate in Educational Leadership

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The EdD in Educational Leadership is a fully online advanced degree for educational leaders of faith-based institutions. The program builds upon the skills learned in the MACE program and gives students a broad overview of the educational process and equips them with leadership skills and knowledge to strengthen faith-based schools throughout the world. Once the core curriculum has been mastered, students may choose a specialty area that coincides with their calling and gifting. 

Note: The institution does not offer any programs that lead to professional licensure. A graduate of programs offered at CCU is not eligible to sit for licensure exams within the United States.” 

Upon graduation, students may directly apply to ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) for a certificate to teach in Christian schools, but CCU does not offer certification toward public school assignments.


The purpose of this scholarly doctoral program is to provide expertise and practical application for those serving in Christian educational environments. The applicant may work on a doctoral program with a specialization in Educational Leadership. Requirements for the EdD program consist of the mastery of a field of knowledge and the successful pursuit of research. Doctoral students act to some degree on their own responsibility. Doctoral programs are more flexible and varied than those leading to other graduate degrees.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are clearly defined, established, and measurable in the ten statements outlined below. The EdD Educational Leadership EdDdegree will equip the student with practical skills and deep understanding of the educational process in the context of a Biblical Worldview. The student will develop exceptional written, research and oral communication skills that will benefit both personally and professionally.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Education Doctorate program will be able to:

  • Analyze and articulate various philosophies of education and defend a Biblically-based philosophy of education by using this philosophy statement throughout the program.
  • Respond to the changing needs of Christian organizations.
  • Develop skills in managing and leading educational institutions, educational systems, and nonprofit agencies.
  • Develop leadership skills and effective, team-oriented approaches to teaching and learning to maximize the performance achievements of all types of learners.
  • Incorporate best practices related to e-learning instruction.
  • Gain a solid understanding of emerging and pedagogically relevant resources.
  • Develop comprehensive and innovative multimedia programming and curricula.
  • Synthesize the implementation of technology in the Christian learning environments by researching best practices, discovering new technology, evaluating existing technology, and creating different projects utilizing instructional technologies (i.e. Mind Mapping, Wordy diagrams, presentations, blogs, videos etc…).
  • Research the social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of learning and develop a biblically-based philosophy of behavioral influence and leadership.
  • Demonstrate scholarly behaviors such as reflection, and problem-solving with skills for designing, critiquing, and implementing research relevant to effective practice. 


Program Structure

The 60 credit Education Doctorate in Educational Leadership program is scholarly in its academics and practical in its application to ministry.  The method of instruction is 100% online, asynchronous format, with video conferencing. 

Required Ed.D Courses (36 credits required)

Course ID

Course Name


BC722 Leadership and Interpersonal Relationships 3
CBL701 Studies in Christian Leadership 3
ED717 Leadership and Instructional Technology 3
ED729 Legal and Current Leadership Issues 3
ED732 Study of Guidance & Counseling II 3
ED741 Philosophy of Christian Educational Leadership 3
ED742 Cultural Diversity and Leadership 3
ED745 Synthesizing the Theories of Learning 3
ED746 Principles of Educational Leadership 3
ED779 Theories in Educational Psychology 3
ED782 Systematic Design of Instruction 3
THE703 Doctrines of the Bible 3

Doctoral Research Courses

(6 Credits Required)

Course ID

Course Name



Qualitative and Quantitative Research



Research Methodology


Doctoral Research Dissertation Courses

(18 Credits Required)

Course ID

Course Name



Doctoral Proposal Planning 



Dissertation Proposal



Dissertation Proposal II 



Dissertation Research I



Dissertation Research II



Dissertation Continuation




  • All courses in the Master of Divinity degree program are graduate level.

Admission Requirements

Graduate Programs

Individuals seeking admission to the Calvary Chapel University EdD graduate program must: 

  • Fill out and submit the online application;   
  • Pay a $100 application fee;
  • Request official transcripts for completed Master’s graduate degree. Conferred Master’s degree must be verified by the Registrar through official transcripts prior to admissions, enrolling, and matriculation.
  • Minimum overall grade point average is 3.0.
  • Complete Student Reference Requests.

Verification of conferred Master’s graduate degree from official transcripts must be verified by the Registrar prior to enrolling. Minimum overall grade point average is 3.0.

The spiritual requirements for admission involve demonstrating a commitment to Christ and to the authority of Scripture, and is evidenced by a lifestyle of consistent Christian character and the utilization of spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Notification of Admission

Once the Admissions Office receives a completed application, confer official transcripts of an earned master-level graduate degree (verified by the Registrar), references, and fees, the Admissions Committee will make a decision regarding acceptance.  Applicants can expect to receive notification within one week of the application being complete.  Once an admission decision is made, applicants will receive information on registration, finances, and new student orientation. Upon acceptance at CCU, students must complete an Enrollment Agreement prior to course registration.

Competency Assessment 

Applicant’s skills and competencies to succeed in a distance education environment are assessed prior to acceptance via official transcripts, the online application, and required admission materials including a personal testimony to determine spiritual readiness. 

Technology Requirements

  • 2.0 GHz processor or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution 1024×768 recommended
  • Web Browser (Google Chrome or Apple Safari recommended)
  • High Speed Internet (with 1.5 Mbps upload/download recommended)
  • Speakers/Headphones
  • Microphone (external or built-in)
  • Webcam (internal or external)


  • Zoom Application 
  • Operating System (Windows, macOS, Linux)
  • Google Suite (Google Docs)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free from the Adobe website)


Online Instructional Methods

Courses are disseminated 100% online through The Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership program will use instructional methods such as, but not limited to: video lectures, reading and writing assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, tests, and extensive research.

Online Grading Practices 

Final tests or examinations are course-specific and assessed with a rubric. Passing grades are determined by each instructor and stated in the course syllabus. Within 48 hours of submitting assignments, work is evaluated and a grade is posted in the online course grade book. Students have access to view their personal grades at any time. There is no mailing of institutional responses or evaluations of students’ work. All grading and communication with students is conducted within Populi, the online operating system. 

Graduation Requirements

CCU awards an academic degree or diploma to students who are in good standing upon the satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, as listed in the University Catalog for the year during which the student first enrolled. The course requirements for doctoral degrees vary from field to field and from student to student. A minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree is required.

To be eligible for a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, a student must:

  • Complete the approved program consisting of 60 credits;
  • Complete a minimum of 45 credits through Calvary Chapel University (CCU), not to include credits from a prior degree earned through CCU; and
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Meet all University financial obligations.


Note: No grade below a C- will be applied toward a doctoral Doctorate degree at Calvary Chapel University. Please submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester. In order for you to receive your diploma all financial obligations must be met.