The Doctor of Education program is designed to be completed in three years. The curriculum for the first two years requires 48 semester hours. Of these 48 hours, 42 are in the classroom, while the remaining 6 semester hours will involve the student in mentorship and guided research. The third year requires 12 semester hours of dissertation work.
Students will take all classes on campus at Southeastern Seminary during two week-long sessions each semester, during January term, and during summer sessions. The first session occurs early in the semester after initial assignments have been completed. The second session occurs later in the semester to advance the student’s understanding of his/her research and course content and to provide summative experiences.
Integrative Seminars are designed to be a forum for doctoral students and faculty where issues and developments in the ministry of Christian education and leadership are explored.
Students are required to take 6 hours of integrative seminars. Both of these seminars will be taken in Christian education or the student may elect to take a seminar in the Ph.D. program.
In order for a student to receive credit for a research seminar, the student must earn a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Any grade below a B results in loss of credit for the course and the student is placed on probation after a review of the student’s status by the Doctor of Education Committee. An additional research seminar grade below a B during the following semester may result in termination from the program.
Graduate studies in empirical research methodologies, statistical analysis, and computer applications serve as substitutes for foreign language studies in the Doctor of Education program. Actual foreign language studies are not ordinarily required unless mandated by the dissertation research topic.
The Ed.D. program includes a mentorship; that is, a focused series of interactive academic meetings including personal tutoring in the field by the student’s major professor. As this process takes place, the professor interacts with the student to provide academic direction and advice as the student develops increasing depth and skill in the area of research interest.
Comprehensive exams will consist of twelve hours of oral and written examinations following the completion of all course work and prior to advancing to candidacy. Six hours of the exam will be related to core requirements and 6 hours related to the area of concentration. Testing involving the area of concentration will be designed by the student’s major adviser.
Specialized Studies Courses
Students must complete 6 hours of course work related to their area of academic interest. These classes may include doctoral seminars at SEBTS. In addition, the Doctor of Education Committee may approve one doctoral-level course at another regionally accredited institution. Students who take courses at institutions other than SEBTS will pay fees and tuition charges prescribed by the host institution. If the student is simultaneously taking courses for credit at SEBTS, the student also will pay the seminary registration fees.
The student is responsible for requesting that an official transcript of coursework taken at other institutions be sent to the Registrar’s office at SEBTS. No student will be cleared to take Comprehensive Examinations until the official transcript(s) have been received and evaluated by the Doctor of Education Committee at SEBTS.
Production of a dissertation that makes an original contribution to the student’s academic field is the final stage in the Ed.D. program. Preparation of the dissertation normally begins during the mentorship stage of the student’s program, though submission must follow successful completion of written and oral comprehensives. The mentorship and guided research will help the student specify the title, the proposed method, content of research, and demonstrate that the resources necessary to successfully complete the dissertation are available to the student.
In order to graduate with a Doctor of Education, the student must complete 60 hours of study as follows: