School leadership is about more than what you know. It's about serving with vision and confidence.
Our Doctor of Education in Leadership is about imagining new ways of responding to current problems, as well as future challenges. You’ll develop your capacity to lead, and learn to help your team connect in deeper ways to their own gifts and callings. While integrating values, beliefs, and faith commitments into your administrative practices, you’ll deepen your self-understanding in ways that enhance trustworthy leadership. Here, we believe that faith-informed, relational leadership sets the tone for a thriving future for today’s schools—preparing you for transformative educational leadership in the 21st century.
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Authentic Leadership. Positive Change.
The Doctor of Education in Leadership provides an interactive, collegial learning environment for working professionals who want to work as administrators in educational settings. Our program also offers opportunities for you to be transformed into the kind of leader the educational community needs—leaders who will bring about positive change through self-awareness, authenticity, ethics, humility, confidence, and grace. We’ll help you integrate effective, proven practices into your leadership style through case studies, small-group presentations, online discussion forums, and interactions with respected, inspirational leaders. You’ll be prepared to lead with significance and meaning, enriching all within your educational environment.
We offer the Emerging Leaders in Private Colleges Certificate in partnership with the University of Minnesota.-Doctor of Education Leadership in Higher Education Program
0% of recent graduates volunteer for charitable causes- Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey
Bethel’s education professors are both scholars and practitioners who bring relevant, cutting-edge knowledge and practices into your learning process.
Community and connection
You’ll take classes with a group of supportive colleagues, fostering a valuable network of meaningful friendships and lifelong connections.
We know many of our doctoral students work full time, have families, and are involved in their community while in graduate school. Our program is delivered primarily online, which allows you to add coursework to your other responsibilities in ways that make sense for you.
We’re committed to helping you succeed from admission to graduation. You'll learn alongside well-rounded people with educational experience who can bring new perspectives into the classroom. And once you’re here, you’ll be supported by advisors and professors who will make sure you have everything you need.
Our professors integrate their Christian faith into their instruction, modeling the importance of faith-informed, relational leadership that encourages you to integrate your faith commitments into your leadership as well.
In the Ed.D. in Leadership in K-12 Administration, you’ll have the opportunity to earn a license as a principal, superintendent, or director of special education so you’re prepared to serve in the educational role that best suits your interests, skills, and career goals.
My grad school experience at Bethel was excellent. I really enjoyed the online classes in this program because they provided me with a quality educational experience and still fit in with my busy career and schedule.Jill Larson '15
Current job: Program Administrator at Heritage Academy of Science and Technology
This program is a great model for an educator who wants to pursue a career as an international administrator. It is challenging yet reachable, theory based yet practical in its application, and the professors are always willing to help.Shaun O'Rourke '18
Grad School: Ed. D. Bethel University
Bethel's Leadership in Higher Education doctoral program equipped me to navigate the complex and changing landscape of higher education. The program content, the instructors, and my colleagues were all instrumental in expanding my professional capabilities.Bill Paxton '14
Current job: Director of MBA program at Bethel University
The Ed.D program expands students' minds and readies them to be public, intellectual, and ethical leaders who have the courage to educationally equip learners for their future world of work and life.Michelle Hiteman '14
Current job: Principal of Taipei American School
Bethel's doctoral program is life-transforming! My passion for education was transformed into an extra ordinary achievement through the faith based curriculum offered and the dedication of the ever caring and encouraging instructors. My dream of servant leadership was fulfilled.Toke Olatoye '14
Current job: Chemistry teacher
Our Ed.D. in Leadership majors will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to be a confident, innovative, successful leader. Our graduates serve in variety of public, private, and university settings.
Learn how to:
- Integrate personal faith and values into educational leadership
- Use ethics in the decision-making process
- Lead individuals and groups through challenging times of conflict with courage and sensitivity
- Engage the increasingly diverse educational landscape in respectful and inclusive ways
- Develop skills to understand, critique, and conduct research into challenging problems and possible solutions
- Serve with vision and confidence as a faith-informed, relational leader
Our graduates work in:
- Business Affairs
- Campus Ministries
- Career Development
- Communications and Marketing
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Financial Aid
- Human Resources
- Special Education
- Student Life and Advising
- Teaching and Learning Technology