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Doctor of Education Degree (EdD)

The Doctor of Education programs offer opportunities to earn degrees in instructional leadership, curriculum and instruction, and higher education. This education doctorate 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 at the Carter and Moyers School of Education's Cedar Bluff Campus in Knoxville, TN. To accommodate professionals' busy lives, courses are generally held one weekend per month with sessions spanning Friday evening and all-day Saturday.

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What You'll Get at LMU

  • Caring and Attentive Faculty
  • Three Program Completion
  • Options (36, 48, and 63 credit hours)
  • Personalized Attention
  • A Cohort Group Model
  • Extensive In-Person and On-Line Support
  • Schedules that Accommodate Working Professionals
  • Research-Theory into Practice
  • An Online Portal for Coordinating Tasks and Documents Related to Research and Dissertations
  • An Opportunity to Complete Coursework in 2 to 2.5 years. (not including dissertations)
  • Scholarships
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Hybrid Learning Environments
  • State-of-the-art Classrooms
  • Secured Settings
  • Easily Accessible Sites
  • Life in Beautiful Knoxville, TN

Explore Education Doctorate Tracks

What kind of educator will you become? Learn more about the different levels of teacher certification programs offered here at LMU.

Doctor of Education - Concentration in Curriculum & Instruction (CI)

Educators interested in pursuing leadership positions in PK - 16 settings will find this concentration provides a rich curriculum capable of preparing them for careers they may want to undertake. Successful completion of the coursework and research will enable them to develop the skills, confidence, and knowledge required to become leaders in positions at the Director or Central Office level in curriculum and instruction; at the state level with a focus on curriculum and education; and other types of organizations that demand knowledge in the area of curriculum and instruction.

Doctor of Education - Concentration in Instructional Leadership (IL)

This concentration affords those educators who want to enhance their opportunities in PK - 16 settings as principals, assistant principals, superintendents, directors, or in related leadership roles at local, regional, state, or even national positions that demand skilled leadership and a comprehensive knowledge base. This concentration provides multiple opportunities to acquire the knowledge needed to pursue such jobs.

Available at Lincoln Memorial University's Cedar Bluff Campus, Knoxville, TN

Doctor of Education - Concentration in Higher Education (HE)

The Higher Education concentration will help candidates acquire the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in institutions of higher education (public and private), liberal arts and research-based sites, community colleges, and related academic entities.

Available at Lincoln Memorial University's Cedar Bluff Campus, Knoxville, TN

EdS Option for LMU Graduates

LMU EdS Graduates who qualify for admission into the LMU EdD program can apply 30 EdS credit hours toward the doctoral program to pursue their EdS concentration within the EdD program. This means your total hours of coursework remaining after the EdS would be 36 credit hours. Each fall, a new cohort begins, and completed applications are due May 1st. For early consideration, please have completed applications submitted by February 1st.

*To qualify for the 36-hour program of studies, students must have completed their EdS within the last ten years. Potential candidates will be eligible for the 48-hour program of study after ten years. For the Fall 2020 cohort, candidates must have completed their EdS from 2010 or later to qualify for the 36-hour program of study.

Frequently Asked Questions

  •   Why should I choose Lincoln Memorial University for my doctorate?

    LMU will support you in the following key areas during your pursuit of a Doctor of Education degree:

    • Personalized Attention. A Major Professor counsels and mentors each candidate and is available to the candidate throughout the candidate's program.
    • Cohort Group Model. Candidates enter the program during the fall of each year and will, for the most part, remain with the same group of colleagues throughout the completion of their coursework. Long-standing and valuable professional relationships are formed due to this program model.
    • Dissertation Support. Online project management tools (e.g., calendar, tasks, Gantt chart); all forms, reference materials, and deadlines; APA style sets (LMU developed); and cloud storage for content, references, forms, and pictures to facilitate dissertation production, review, and approval processes as well as serve as a conduit for document e-transfer between chairs, committee members, and the dissertation reviewer.
    • Schedule Accommodating Working Professionals. One weekend per month during the fall and spring terms; nine full-day sessions during the summer term
    • Scholarships and Financial Aid. Packages are available to the Appalachian College Association (ACA) member Community Colleges and Private Universities, Duncan School of Law, Tusculum College, National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), Claiborne County Motlow State Community College.
    • Research - We Put Theory into Practice.
  •   When is the application deadline for the Doctor of Education program?

    Accepting completed application packages through May 1st. For early consideration, please have completed applications submitted by February 1st.

  •   How do I apply to the program?
    • Complete Two-Stage Admissions Process (credentials and performance reviews)
    • Design Program (63-, 48-, or 36 credit hour program)
    • Select Concentration (Curriculum and Instruction (CI), Instructional Leadership (IL), and Higher Education (HE)
  •   How long is the program?

    The 48-credit hour program coursework can be completed in six (6) terms plus dissertation hours, while the 63-credit hour program coursework requires eight terms (8) plus dissertation hours. Candidate research and dissertation production time varies depending on the nature of the study, the amount of discretionary time available to the candidate, and the type of data to be collected. LMU now offers a 36-credit hour program for LMU EdS Graduates. Program coursework can be completed in four (4) terms plus dissertation hours.

  •   Do I need to submit my Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores?

    To protect investments of time and money that both parties make, candidates must submit GRE scores. Performance scores in verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing provide predictive data that applicants and the Selection Committee can use to determine the probability of successful program completion.

    Beginning Spring 2020, applicants may submit a writing sample instead of GRE scores. A paper from a previous program may be submitted, or a writing prompt may be requested. Projects or papers from group work will not be reviewed.

Doctor of Education Vision, Mission & Values


To be a nationally recognized leader in developing 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



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