EdD in Christian Education

The EdD in Christian Education is a terminal degree program that exists to prepare students to serve in churches, schools, seminaries, universities, and para-church organizations. Students in this program design and carry-out their own research study in order to discover more about a particular educational component from a biblical perspective. In this program, you’ll learn from professors who are experienced in the fields of ministry, higher education, psychology, and curriculum development. Students who graduate with this degree will be equipped for the spiritual, teaching, and administrative aspects of educational leadership.

Program at a glance

Total hours
The 60 hour degree requirement consists of 42 hours of classroom instruction, 6 hours of mentorship, and 12 hours of dissertation research.

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Why should someone get an EdD?

Pursuing a Doctor of Education degree at Southeastern gives you a rare opportunity to interact with proven scholars in fields related to educational leadership. You can anticipate growing in leadership competencies such as critical thinking and problem-solving, academic research, and teaching in a variety of ministry contexts.

Graduates will be able to apply biblical concepts and educational theory in their chosen area of ministry. Some of the classes offered in this program are:

  • EDD 8100 - Leadership of Educational Ministries
  • EDD 8110 - Leading and Managing the Non-Profit Organization
  • EDD 8170 - The Doctrine of Humanity
  • EDD 8900 - Advanced Statistics for Educators
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What can you do with this degree?

Many of our EdD graduates are serving the Lord across North America and around the globe. Here is a small sample of the ways in which they are going:

  • Higher Education & Leadership/Administration in Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Tenure-track Professors
  • Adjunct Professor/Assistant Professor (Both on-campus and online)
  • K-12 Education & Leadership/Administration in Public & Private Schools
  • Head of School/Principal
  • Denominational Leadership (SBC State Conventions)
  • Curriculum Development/Editor
  • Parachurch Organizations (Christian Camp Executive; Compassion International)
  • Local Church Ministry

Learn from over 60 professors who know what it's like to be in ministry. Our world-class faculty will teach you how to think critically about the Bible so you can minister faithfully throughout the world.

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