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Ed.D. in Leadership

Doctor of Education

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.

Program Details

Ed.D. in Leadership: Higher Education

Our Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education is about imagining new ways of responding to current problems as well as future challenges. You’ll develop faith-informed, relational leadership that sets the tone for a thriving future for today’s colleges and universities.

Delivery: Online with Intensives

Location: St. Paul

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Ed.D. in Leadership: K-12 Administration

Our Doctor of Education in Leadership in K-12 Administration prepares students for the wonderfully complex, and challenging role of leadership in K-12 settings. Students can earn a principal, superintendent, and special education director license. Non-license seeking students complete an individualized directed study.

Delivery: Online with Intensives

Location: St. Paul

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Upcoming Events

FEB 23 2017

Ed.D. Online Info Session

6:30 p.m. CT Online

Learn more about the degree options in Bethel's Doctor of Education program!

MAR 18 2017

Writing Intensive Workshop

9 a.m. Anderson Center 200 Suite, ANC 205

Come devote several hours of quiet work time to your thesis, capstone or dissertation.

APR 4 2017

Ed.D. Online Info Session

6:30 p.m. CT Online

Learn more about the degree options in Bethel's Doctor of Education program!

MAY 9 2017

Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Info Session

6 p.m. CT Lundquist Community Life Center (CLC)

Meet program directors, faculty, and current students and learn more about our adult undergrad and graduate programs! 6 pm-7:30 pm CT

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 Private College Leadership Certificate in partnership with the University of Minnesota.

-Doctor of Education Leadership in Higher Education Program

0% of recent graduates are involved in a leadership role in their work, school, community, or place of worship

- 2015 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey

Program Highlights

Experienced professors

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.

Student success

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.

Christian environment

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.

Licensure options

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.


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:

  • Academics
  • Administration
  • Athletics
  • Business Affairs
  • Campus Ministries
  • Career Development
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Enrollment
  • Financial Aid
  • Human Resources
  • Registrar
  • Special Education
  • Student Life and Advising
  • Teaching and Learning Technology


Explore Our Partnership and Certificate Programs

We have partnered with colleges and universities to expand program options in our Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education program and to offer a University Partnership Scholarship. Learn more about these opportunities and our Private College Leadership Certificate offered by the University of Minnesota and made available through our participation in the Private College Leadership Network.

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