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The program is based at the LMU-Cedar Bluff Extended Learning Site


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Doctor of Education (EdD)

To inquire about this program:
Margaret Park, Academic Support
865.531.4109 |


(Cedar Bluff Extended Learning Site, Knoxville)

All students in Curriculum & Instruction and Leadership & Administration will first take doctoral core classes in the following:

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research and Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Research Procedures I
  • Qualitative Research: Theory and Design
  • Quantitative Research Procedures II
  • Diversity and Equity in Education
EdD with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction (CI): The CI program is specifically designed for teachers, faculty, and instructional leaders. Candidates will gain an advanced understanding of current research on pedagogy relevant to diverse educational contexts. The program is designed to foster the development of teacher and instructional leaders. This is inclusive of topics related to instructional strategies, learning styles, human cognition, and diversity. Emphasis is placed on understanding, conducting, and applying research in the field curriculum and instruction. Candidates will also develop expertise in instructional design, implementation, and evaluation. Courses in this concentration include:
  • Trends and Issues in Educational Technology and Literacy
  • Curricula for Literacy
  • Advanced Educational Law: A Legal Perspective in Specific Areas of Need
  • Perspective and Strategies in Teaching and Learning
  • Poverty, Gender, and Cultural Background in Education
  • Teacher Leadership
EdD with a concentration in Leadership & Administration (LA): The LA program is specifically designed for leaders in PreK-12 schools. Candidates will acquire expertise in current leadership and organizational theories. The program focuses on financial stewardship and employing predictive leadership to address emerging and future educational issues. Candidates will also critically analyze and reflect upon contemporary issues facing education and learn to engage inquiry in decision-making processes. Emphasis is placed on understanding, applying, and conducting research in the field leadership and administration in education. Courses in this concentration include:

  • Ethical Leadership and Decision Making
  • Group Methods and Processes
  • Political Structures and Governance
  • Curriculum Leadership at the District Level
  • Educational Finance
  • Leadership: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
(Duncan School of Law, Knoxville)

EdD with a concentration in Executive Leadership (EL). The EL program is specifically designed for professionals pursuing executive levels of business, education, health, non-profits, government, and related fields. Candidates will gain an advanced understanding of the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and investigative dimensions of leadership as exemplified by the leadership style of Abraham Lincoln. Emphasis is placed on problem identification and resolution as well as applied research in the field of leadership. Courses in this concentration include:

  • Research Frameworks
  • Leadership: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Critical Inquiry and Research Design
  • Leadership: Ethical and Social Considerations
  • Adult Learning Principles
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Leadership: Advanced Seminar in Leadership
  • Leadership: Organizational Landscapes
  • Leadership: Individual and Organizational Development
  • Leadership: Change and Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership: Policy Analysis
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Leadership: Political Structures and Governance
  • Leadership: Economic and Legal Issues
  • Leadership: Seminar in Organizational Leadership
  • Organizational Assessment and Evaluation
  • Leadership: Forecasting and Strategic Planning

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President's Executive Leadership Scholarship

  • Amount: 1/3 of each semester's tuition, not to exceed three academic years.
  • Student must be in good standing and make acceptable academic progress.
  • Student must be a full-time employee of a community college, or private college or university, located in the Appalachian region.
The scholarship will be facilitated by LMU's Financial Aid Office.