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Doctor of Education

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Doctor of Education

The Southeastern University Doctor of Education is designed to provide advanced preparation for a variety of careers. The purpose of this program is to develop competent and effective experts to assume critical leadership roles. Specialized courses develop the skills necessary to assume a key facilitating role in the field of the candidate’s choice. Concentrations are available to those interested in various educational and organizational careers requiring strong educational, leadership, and decision-making abilities.

Depending upon the concentrations chosen, career opportunities include any leadership position in an organization including, but not limited to:


                                Supervising Teacher/Instructor                                Curriculum Specialist

                                School Superintendent                                            Specialized District Supervisor

                                Assistant Superintendent                                        Non-profit Leader

                                Principal                                                                  Christian Education Director

                                College Instructor                                                    Organizational Leader

                                College Administrator                                              Business Consultant

                                Supervisor                                                               Personnel Leader

                                Master Teacher                                                       Business Trainer


The Doctor of Education program is a non-licensure program. If candidates wish to obtain any type of state certification, they will need to contact their state department of education for specific requirements and applications.

Program Sequence

Total Credits

60 Credit hours with four components:

Doctoral Core (21 hours)

Research Core (9 hours)

Concentration (18 hours)

Dissertation (a minimum of 12 hours)

Program Length

3-4 years

Full-time students (6 credit hours per term)

Part-time student (3 credit hours per term)

Program Delivery

Three 12-week terms online (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Two week-long face-to-face intensive courses on campus each summer

Dissertation defense on campus

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit an application to www.seu.edu/apply by April 1 for the summer start date and November 1 for the winter start date
  • Regionally accredited graduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • For non-native English speakers, a current TOEFL score at the mean level or higher
  • Current Professional Vita
  • Christian faith statement (2-3 page essay)
  • Minimum of three full-time years of successful experience in related field
  • Professional writing sample: minimum of 5 pages (Examples: articles, graduate research papers/assignments, published work, etc.)
  • Two letters of recomendation: professional and personal
  • Consent to background check

Failure to meet one of these standards may not immediately disqualify a candidate depending upon the strength of the other components. 

Dissertation - 12 Hours

Total Credits - 60 Hours

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