Doctor of Education
Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration (HEA)
The Post-Master’s Ed.D. in Higher Education is available on an online basis
only. Bradley University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Higher Education Administration is created upon the values of Lydia Moss Bradley, founder of Bradley University. The core values of entrepreneurship, social justice, and philanthropy are woven throughout the program’s curriculum in alignment with Mrs. Bradley’s life work. The program is designed for working professionals who have a broad and diverse background in education or a related field and seek a career or career advancement in higher education.
The objective of the Ed.D. program is to provide graduate students with
interactive, research-based leadership development experiences within
authentic educational contexts that are connected to student learning, quality
instruction, and organizational effectiveness in higher education.
- Minimum degree required: master’s degree
- Resume or CV
- Three letters of recommendation (from supervisors to assess leadership skills)
- Personal statement essay detailing why you are seeking admission to the Ed.D. program
- Official transcripts from your prior institutions
- Completion of writing prompts illustrating leadership problem solving, organizational improvement, and community engagement experiences, as well as demonstrating an understanding of principles of equity and equality in higher education.
Ed.D. Program Requirements
To satisfy graduation requirements for the Ed.D., students must successfully
complete 16 courses at 3 credits each for a total of 48 credits. Students can
complete the program in seven semesters by following a prescribed Program
of Study. The Program of Study varies based on which term students begin
the program (e.g., spring, summer or fall).
The Scholarly Research Project and the internship are capstones for the
Ed.D. program. The action research courses that support the Scholarly
Research Project begin in the first semester, while the internship takes place
near the end of the program, in the sixth and seventh semesters. Students are
responsible for finding their own internship site and site supervisor.
Program Core Courses - 12 hrs.
- ENC 708 Boards and Educational Governance—3
- ENC 709 Ethical and Political Foundations of Educational Policy—3
- ENC 710 Learning in an Era of Technology—3
- ENC 711 National Trends in Assessment, Data Analysis, and Accountability—3
Required Courses - 36 hrs.
Scholarly Research Courses
- ENC 703 Action Research 1: Introduction to Action Research—3
- ENC 704 Action Research 2: Action Research Design and Ethic—3
- ENC 705 Action Research 3: Data Collection in Action Research—3
- ENC 706 Action Research 4: Data Analysis and Reporting in Action Research—3
- ENC 707 Action Research 5: Scholarly Writing and Presentation in Action Research—3
Higher Education Administration Courses
- ENC 717 Leadership in Higher Education and Community College—3
- ENC 718 Administration of Online Programs in Higher Education and Community Colleges—3
- ENC 719 Student and Academic Affairs—3
- ENC 720 The Contemporary Learner—3
- ENC 721 Financial Affairs in Higher Education—3
- ENC 722 Internship 1—3
- ENC 723 Internship 2—3