Doctor of Christian Education, Educational Leadership Specialization

Program Learning Outcomes

The goal of this scholarly doctoral program is to provide expertise and practical application for those serving in Christian schools. The applicant may work on a doctoral program in one of the following areas: Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Leadership.

Program Structure

Doctoral study consists of the mastery of a field of knowledge and the successful pursuit of research. Doctoral programs are more flexible and varied than those leading to other graduate degrees. The general requirement is that the program should be unified in relation to a clear objective and that it be approved by the Doctoral Committee at Calvary Chapel University. A minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree or 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree (including doctoral research) is required for the doctoral degree. A student’s course of study will be designed to meet particular needs, taking into account past academic preparation, experience, and local school ministry. A candidate for the Doctoral degree may transfer up to 45 units from comparable courses at other schools education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a Doctor of Christian Education, a student must:

  1. Complete the approved program consisting of 60 credits;
  2. complete a minimum of 15 credits through Calvary Chapel University (CCU), not to include credits from a prior degree earned through CCU, with a maximum of 45 transfer credits applied to the degree program;
  3. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  4. Pass the Comprehensive Exam;
  5. Successful Defense of Dissertation.

Note: No grades below a B- will be applied toward a Doctorate degree at Calvary Chapel University.  Please submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Course Requirements

Course ID

Course Name


THE401 Fundamentals of Faith 3
THE703 Doctrines of the Bible 3
ED717 Advanced Study of Technology in the Classroom 3
ED729 Advanced Study of Current Issues in Education 3
ED741 History and Philosophy of Education 3
ED742 Studies in Cultural Diversity 3
ED745 Principles of Instruction & Methods 3
ED765 Advanced Research Methodology 3
ED779 Theories in Educational Psychology 3
ED782 Instructional Design 3

Educational Leadership Specialization Courses

 BC722 Conflict Resolution 3
 CBL701 Advanced Studies in Christian Leadership 3
ED718 Advanced Study of School Management 3
 ED732 Guidance & Counseling 3
 ED748 Classroom Management 3

 Dissertation Courses

ED790 Comprehensive Exams 3
ED791 Dissertation Prospectus 3
ED792 Dissertation Proposal and Research I* 3
ED793 Dissertation Proposal and Research II* 3
ED794 Dissertation Defense 3



*ED792 and ED793 may be repeated up to four times each until a student is approved to enroll
in ED794.