Online Doctorate in Education in Leadership in Higher Education

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Advance as an educator. Take your skills to the next level.

You are the next generation of innovative educators: Earn your Ed.D. online in as few as three years with Brenau University. This exceptional doctoral program integrates teaching, research and service to prepare you to drive change at all levels of the education system.

Pursue opportunities as a teacher leader, administrator, master educator, policy advocate or apply skills to another industry entirely. With Brenau’s Ed.D., you can expand your professional horizons and do more for the students you serve.


Brenau University’s Ed.D. program:

  • Complete your degree in as few as three years.
  • Online courses give you schedule flexibility.
  • There are three concentration options for you to choose from
    • Elementary Education
    • Middle Grades Education
    • Leadership in Higher Education
    • Teaching and Learning
  • Small, close-knit cohorts of 12-15 students provide you with meaningful class discussions and networking opportunities.
  • Rigorous, relevant course content led by instructors with field experience and a passion for developing their students’ leadership potential will develop your skills.


Curriculum for the Brenau Ed.D. consists of 54 credit-hours. This is divided among the doctoral core, research and dissertation preparation courses and courses in your chosen concentration. Current course listings include:

Core Curriculum

  • ED 828 – Legal Issues and Ethics
  • ED 845 – Curriculum Design, Theory and Evaluation
  • ED 860 – Leadership in Education
  • ED 865 – Academic Program Assessment and Evaluation
  • ED 870 – Education Issues and Policy
  • ED 875 – Cultural Perspectives and Leadership
  • ED 932 – Future Trends in Education


  • ED 935 – Qualitative Research
  • ED 930 – Advanced Statistical Analysis: Quantitative & Qualitative
  • ED 940 – Quantitative Research


  • ED 960 – Dissertation 1: Literature Review
  • ED 965 – Dissertation 2: Proposal
  • ED 970 – Dissertation 3: Data Collection
  • ED 975 – Dissertation 4: Conclusion of Research
  • ED 980 – Dissertation 5: Dissertation Continuation (Optional)

Leadership in Higher Education

  • ED 842 – Higher Education Academic Programs
  • ED 844 – Enrollment Management in Higher Education
  • ED 846 – Organizational Governance Research and Theory
  • ED 848 – Finance and Fiscal Policy in Higher Education

Admissions Documents Requirements

All applicants to the online Ed.D. program must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, demonstrating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in your master’s degree program.
  • Evidence of a clear and renewable teaching license for your state or locality (subject to departmental approval), if you choose the Elementary Education or Middle Grades Education concentrations.
  • Three (3) letters of reference on official letterhead from a supervisor, professor, administrator or other superior who can speak to your character, dedication to the profession and likelihood of success in an intensive graduate program.
  • A resume or CV demonstrating three years of relevant experience in education.
  • For non-US applicants who have not previously completed a degree within the U.S., we require official TOEFL test results (minimum score of 79) or IELTS results (minimum score of 6.5).
  • A writing sample of 750-1,500 words based on a scholarly article provided by Brenau University College of Education. This writing sample will be evaluated by departmental staff.

In addition to providing the materials above, you must also attend an in person or virtual interview and complete a criminal background check, if applicable.

Admissions GPA Requirements

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, demonstrating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in your master’s degree program.

Additional Admissions Requirements

To apply, you should be a mid-career educator or administrator with at least three years of relevant professional education experience. You should also hold a master’s degree earned at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or credentialed international equivalent.

If you plan to pursue the Elementary Education or Middle Grades Education concentration, your master’s degree must be in a related area and you must hold an unrestricted, renewable teaching license in your state.

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