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School of Education

Department of Administration & Leadership



Doctor of Education, Ed.D., Adminstration and Leadership



This degree is designed for astute students with appropriate professional experience beyond those studying at the master's level.

Rigorous requirements include a sound educational base and a substantial concentration in the student's chosen area of interest.

The curriculum offers opportunities for educational leaders to develop advanced knowledge, skills and research capabilities.

Those completing the program may hold or may be interested in positions of administrative responsibility at the school or district level, in institution of higher learning, or non-school settings.


A completed masters degree in a relevant field of study which should include a minimum of  one basic course in each of the following: 
     - educational administration
     - curriculum planning
     - counseling and research.

These courses may be taken as co-requisites if necessary.


Applicants with a masters degree will be expected to complete a minimum of 75 credits  of post masters study and 12 credit of dissertation .

Applicants with a completed Ed S award will be expected to complete a minimum of 30 credits  of coursework and 12 credits  of dissertation.

Core Requirements

The following courses (24 credits) represent the core requirements for all School of Education doctoral degrees:  

EDAD 687

Leadership in the Organization

EDAD 688

Moral Leadership

EDFO 606

Sociology in Education

EDPC 607

Dynamics of Personality

EDRS 604

Educational Statistics I

EDAD 791

Contemporary Issues in Education

EDRS 702Educational Statistics II
EDRS 703Qualitative Research Methodology
EDRS 704Research Design

Department Requirements

To build an area of leadership emphasis, the program will include 24 additional units in educational administration and leadership including the following:

EDAD 676

The School and Community

EDAD 695

Organizational Systems and Culture

EDAD 650Reading in Leadership
EDAD 680Program Evaluation

EDAD 798



Electives (39 units) are to be determined in consultation with the department advisor and  become a part of the student's approved program. 

A total of 87 post-MA quarter units with a GPA of 3.5 must be attained for completion.

Advanced standing is possible for applicants with an Ed.S degree or a relevant second masters degree.

Residency Requirements
Students must complete the final 42 units in residence at La Sierra University 


Doctor of Education, Ed.D., Administration and Leadership Objectives

Candidates successfully completing a Doctor of Education degree

  • Articulate administrative issues as well as their causes & implications, think critically, and write competently.

  • Refine and apply fluent research skills.

  • Refine and apply their understanding of the moral/ethical dimensions of educational leadership and management theory and practice

  • Evaluate the theories, concepts and research findings of the discipline.

  • Evaluate and apply the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards.

  • Be conversant with, and evaluate, the theorists and/or books identified in the Ed.S./Ed.D. Reading List.


Reading List

Degree and credential candidates enrolled in the Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs should be conversant with the following theorists and books. Many of them will be addressed in classes, but not necessarily all of them. It is important for the candidate to be knowledgeable of each of these prior to scheduling and taking the qualifying examination.


Bolman, Lee G., & Terrence E. Deal. (2003) Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership. San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass. ISBN 0-7879-6427-1

* Buckingham, Marcus.  (2005).  The One Thing You Need to Know.  New York, New York:  Free Press.  ISBN 0-7432-6165-8

* Covey, Stephen. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Covey, Stephen.  The Eighth Habit.

Hackman, Richard J.  (2002)  Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances.  Boston, MA:  Harvard Business School Publishing Corp. ISBN 1-57851-333-2

Heifetz, Ronald A. (1994) Leadership Without Easy Answers. Cambridge, MA:  The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. ISBN  0-674-51858-6

* Kotter, John P.  (1996).  Leading Change.  Boston, MA:  Harvard Business School Press.ISBN 978-0-78584-747-4

Kouzes, James M. & Barry Z. Posner.  (2002).  The Leadership Challenge.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.  ISBN 0-7879-6833-1

Pojman, Louis P.  (2006)  Ethics:  Discovering Right & Wrong, 5th edition.  Belmont, CA:  Thompson Wadsworth. ISBN 978-0-534-61936-7

* Sergiovanni, Thomas J.  (1999).  Rethinking Leadership.  Arlington Heights, Illinois:  SkyLight Training and Publishing Inc.  ISBN  1-57517-148-1

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Luke.  In a Bible translation of your choice.

* Signifies books that are on the M.A. Reading List.


In addition to the books listed above, students should have read some articles or chapters written by the following persons, and should be able to explain the main concept presented by them.

  • Bennis, Warren

  • De Pree, Max

  • Drucker, Peter

  • Fullen, Michael

  • Greenleaf, Robert

  • Senge, Peter

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