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Doctor of Philosophy


Meet the professional development needs of the Christian educational leader as you model, think, communicate and research with biblical excellence. You will grow in your ability to enhance God’s Kingdom work in Christian educational institutions and represent Christian education perspectives in the broader society. Cohort groups meet during the summer with other courses provided online and in summer intensives. Choose one of three concentrations: 

  • The Doctor of Philosophy (Christian Higher Education Leadership) increases your knowledge and skills in faculty development, strategic planning, assessment, spiritual formation, adult education, resource development, and instructional delivery systems.  
  • The Doctor of Philosophy (Christian School Leadership) is designed for administrators of Christian K-12th grade schools: headmasters, principals, assistant principals, and other individuals responsible for leadership and management decisions in primary and secondary Christian educational institutions. You’ll develop knowledge and skills in educational leadership, instructional supervision, strategic planning, assessment, spiritual formation, legal issues, and instructional delivery systems.
  • The Doctor of Philosophy (Curricular and Instructional Leadership) is designed for leaders in the K-12th grade or postsecondary education levels. You’ll develop knowledge and skills in educational leadership, curriculum theory and design, instructional development, curriculum innovation, assessment of instruction, spiritual formation, and methods of instructional delivery.


Graduates with an Ph.D. in Educational Leadership go on to become:

  • Heads of Schools in K-12 Christian Schools
  • Curriculum Supervisors in K-12 Christian Schools
  • Administrators in Christian Higher Education
  • Leaders of International Theological Education

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Featured Faculty: 
Gordon Brown
Adjunct Education Professor

B.A., Wheaton College; M.A.T., Rollins College; Ed.D., University of Miami

Elaine Lindsey
Professor Emeritus

B.S., Houghton College; Ed.M., Temple University; Ed.D., University of South Carolina

Mark McCann Mark McCann
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Director, Education Professor

B.A., Florida Bible College; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ed.D., University of Central Florida

Connie Mitchell
Dean of the College of Education

B.A., Florida Bible College; B.S., Bryan College; M.A., Ed.D., University of Miami

Debbie Moore Debbie Moore
M.Ed. Program Director, Education Professor

B.S., Toccoa Falls College; M.Ed., Bob Jones University; Ed.D., Columbia International University

Brian Simmons Brian Simmons
Ed.D./Ed.S. Program Director, Education Professor

B.A. Cornerstone University; B.S. Calvin College; M.S. Indiana University South Bend; Ed.D. Ball State University; Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Indiana School of Philanthropy.

Milton V. Uecker
Associate Dean of the College of Education, Director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education, Education Professor

B.A., Concordia University Chicago (formerly Concordia Teachers College); M.Ed., University of Texas; Ed.D., University of Virginia

Jim Watson James E. Watson
Coordinator of Ed.D. Research & Dissertations, Education Professor

B.A., Asbury College; M.Div., Columbia Theological Seminary; M.C.S., Regent College; M.Ed., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University