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Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education


The 60-hour degree includes six hours of one-on-one mentorship with a professor who has ministry training and experience in specialized areas of study. Most students in each cohort will complete the required on-campus seminars during their first two years in the program. The final twelve hours designated for the dissertation could be completed in the third year.

A master’s degree in education or related fields from other accredited institutions will be accepted for the doctor of education program at Southeastern. Admission requires a minimum 3.25 GPA requirement in addition to an acceptable score on the MAT.

Contact Us

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please contact our Doctor of Education program office at 919-761-2490 or our Admissions office at 1-800-284-6317.

If you’re on campus, stop by our offices on the second floor of Patterson Hall.

Accept the Challenge

The Doctor of Education program at Southeastern challenges students to achieve their best in a flexible, yet rigorous program created to shape and prepare leaders in education and ministry.  The Doctor of Education is a unique degree that focuses on both the theory and praxis of education within the church, school, and university settings.

Prepare to be sharpened for Great Commission work, ‘as iron sharpens iron,’ by earning a terminal degree while studying with outstanding professors and students at Southeastern.

The Program

Course work is structured in a “modified residency” model that has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). This approach allows students to keep their current positions in ministry and attend classes with a cohort of educators and ministers who meet with professors during intensives on campus scheduled throughout the year. 

The Ed.D. school year is segmented into quarters, with students meeting on campus once each quarter. This amounts to a total of four class sessions on campus each year, with each session lasting six days (Monday-Saturday). The first two years of the program are devoted to classroom work, with the final year being set aside for the student’s dissertation.

The purpose of our program is to strengthen students’ leadership in their chosen field of education and expand their knowledge and skills for future opportunities in leadership, ministry, education, or curriculum development. 

We have many alumni serving in various positions around the nation. The Doctor of Education program prepares students for roles in Higher Education and Administration, K – 12 Education and Administration, Denominational Leadership, and Christian Ministry. All of this is built upon the power of God’s Word and the passion to see people come to know Christ as Savior.

The Professors

The Doctor of Education program has many excellent professors who are experienced in the fields of ministry, higher education, psychology, and curriculum development. 

Dr. Ken Coley directs the program and has twenty-two years experience in K – 12 teaching and administration. Dr. Coley teaches Integrative Seminars I and II, Leadership, and Specialized Study II. He has written two books about school administration, The Helmsman and Navigating the Storms, and is currently working on a third.

Additionally teaching in the program are professors Dr. Travis Bradshaw, Dr. Gary Bredfeldt, Dr. Ed Buchanan, Dr. John Hammett, Dr. Greg Lawson, Dr. James Porowski, and Dr. Larry Purcell.

Feel free to contact our office with any questions you have at or 919.761.2490.

IMB Retiree Waiver

If you recently retired from the International Mission Board (IMB) as part of the first phase of the Voluntary Retirement Initiative (VRI), you are eligible to receive a waiver for tuition and fees for your first two years of doctoral study. Some conditions apply. Contact our office at 919.761.2490 or for more information.

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