Doctor of Education

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

The Doctor of Education degree offers five areas of concentration and is designed for those who aspire to be outstanding leaders in all levels of public and private education, business and industry, and government.  All classes meet in Knoxville, Tennessee, and, to accommodate professionals’ busy lives, are scheduled for Friday nights and Saturdays during the fall and spring terms and in three-day blocks during the summer.

Three of the five concentrations: Executive Leadership, Human Resource Development, and Higher Education, are delivered through the Institute of Collaborative Leadership currently housed at LMU’s Duncan School of Law in downtown Knoxville.  The other two, Instructional Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction, are offered at the Carter and Moyers School of Education’s Cedar Bluff Campus in west Knoxville.


 To be a nationally recognized leader in the development of scholar-practitioners who serve to advance ethics, change, and social justice through the decision sciences.


The mission of the Doctor of Education is to facilitate the development of investigative, individual, interpersonal, and innovative skills needed for leaders to address emerging issues in organizational settings. This is accomplished through academic experiences which challenge professionals to transform the institutions and communities they serve by advancing ethics, change, and social justice through the decision sciences.


  • Ethical Leadership
  • Transformation
  • Social Justice
  • Critical Inquiry