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Doctor of Education (EdD)

To inquire about programs within the Doctor of Education (EdD) Program, please contact:
Dr. Chris Stotts | 865.531.4165 | [email protected]


InstructorsThe Doctor of Education degree offers three 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 at the Carter and Moyers School of Education's Cedar Bluff Campus in Knoxville, TN 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.

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


Interested in Obtaining a Doctoral Degree?
Take a Look at our Program.

We Offer
  • 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
Become a Leader in...
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Higher Education

Learn in...
  • Hybrid Learning Environments
  • State-of-the-art Classrooms
  • Secured Settings
  • Easily Accessible Sites
  • Knoxville, TN


collins_student.jpgWHY LMU?

  • 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 as a result of this program model.
  • Dissertation Support. On-line 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; and Motlow State Community College
  • Research - Theory into Practice.


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


  • 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)
  • Knoxville - Cedar Bluff - State-of-the-art classrooms - Easily Accessible Facilities - Readily Available Parking - Full-Time Security


  1. Length of Program. The 48-credit hour program coursework can be completed in five (5) terms while the 63-credit hour program coursework requires seven and one-half terms (7.5). 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.
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In order to protect investments of time and money that are made by both parties, candidates are required to submit GRE scores. Performance scores in verbal and quantitative reasoning, as well as that in analytical writing, provide predictive data that can be used by applicants as well as the Selection Committee, to determine the probability of successful program completion. Beginning Spring 2020, applicants may submit a writing sample in lieu 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.


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 when they pursue their EdS concentration within the EdD program. This means your total number of hours of coursework remaining after the EdS would be 36 credit hours. A new cohort begins each fall, 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 10 years. If after 10 years, potential candidates will qualify for the 48 hour program of study. For the Fall 2020 cohort, candidates must have completed their EdS from 2010 or later to qualify for the 36-hour program of study.