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Inquire about programs within the Doctor of Education (EdD) Program

To inquire about programs within the Doctor of Education (EdD) Program, please contact:
Dr. Cherie Gaines | 865.531.4154 | [email protected]

We have designed each of these concentrations to develop leaders who: are scholars; have outstanding personal qualities; are able to conduct original research and interpret and communicate the results of that research through their writing, teaching, and leadership; learn the art of effective collaboration; and who can, and will, translate theory into practice. In addition to completing all of the required coursework successfully, candidates must complete a dissertation in order to earn the education doctorate. The dissertation must be a work that reflects a high-level of quality and represents an original and significant contribution to the discipline.

Doctor of Education - Concentration in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I)

Educators who are 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 and/or Central Office level in curriculum and instruction; at the state level with a focus on curriculum and instruction; and other types of organizations that demand knowledge in the area of curriculum and instruction.

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

Course Curriculum Provides:

  • access to current research and practice pertaining to the design, delivery, and assessment of instructional programs;
  • direction on how to ensure the appropriate inclusion of information and other digital systems into organizational processes;
  • exposure to instructional strategies, learning styles, human cognition, and diversity-related issues; and
  • knowledge and skill growth in understanding, conducting, and applying research in the field of curriculum and instruction in the context of developing a deep appreciation of, and ability to, implement constructivist principles in all aspects of instructional programs.

Courses in this concentration include: Trends and Issues in Educational Technology; Curricula for Literacy; Curriculum Leadership at the District Level; Perspective and Strategies in Teaching and Learning; Teacher Leadership and Critical Inquiry and Research Design.

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 positions.

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

Course Curriculum Provides:

  • acquisition of expertise in evolving leadership and organizational theories;
  • practice in the identification of issues surrounding financial stewardship;
  • employment of predictive leadership models to address emerging educational issues;
  • development of the skills required to analyze and reflect critically upon contemporary issues facing education;
  • learning on how to engage inquiry in decision-making processes; and
  • opportunities for candidates to acquire a deeper understanding of the application, and conduct of research in the field of leadership and administration in education.


Courses in this concentration include: Ethical Leadership and Decision Making; Group Methods and Processes; Educational Finance; Advanced Educational Law: A Legal Perspective in Specific Areas of Need; Political Structures and Governance; and Critical Inquiry and Research Design.

Doctor of Education - Concentration in Higher Education (HE)

The Higher Education concentration will help candidates acquire the knowledge and skills they will need 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

Course Curriculum Provides:

  • experience in conducting and publishing research which answers meaningful questions and makes a difference to campus practice and/or to the fields of higher education;
  • preparation to effect change at site and organizational levels through creative interventions and program design;
  • exposure to, and familiarization with, pertinent laws, regulations, policies; accrediting agencies; and standards of governing;
  • strategies for relating to, and working with, diverse populations; and
  • skill development in how to communicate competently in a global and multicultural context; and
  • strategies for appropriately confronting personal and institutional injustice and marginalization in higher education.

Courses in this concentration include: Higher Education: Theory, Foundations, and Principles; Higher Education Finance; College Student Development Theory; Policy Development and Analysis; and Governance Administration and Politics; and Critical Inquiry and Research Design.