About the Program

Doctoral Program Outcomes

Graduates of APU’s doctoral program in K–12 education are leaders who make a difference—they are culturally aware, strengths-focused, outcomes-driven, and skilled in motivating diverse learners. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is designed to equip a broad range of educators seeking to expand and deepen their knowledge while enhancing their capacity to lead, inspire, and educate. Through the program, students become scholarly practitioners who are able to gather and generate information, examine it critically, communicate results effectively, and use conclusions appropriately to produce meaningful outcomes in schools, districts, and learning environments.

Faculty Mentors

Adding depth and relevance to APU's community of educators, current K–12 administrators partner with faculty researchers to prepare 21st century educational leaders. In class and during the dissertation process, study alongside superintendents and other leading professionals, including:

Kent Bechler, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for External Partnerships
Past Superintendent, Corona-Norco Unified School District

Terry Nichols, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor and Superintendent in Residence
Superintendent, Duarte Unified School District

Greg Plutko, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor and Superintendent in Residence
Superintendent, Huntington Beach Unified High School District


Attend class two Saturdays each month, and finish your doctoral degree in three years through a streamlined, cohort-based program. Contact the program director for information about the program format and schedule.

Meet Our Students

“Through my experience in Azusa Pacific’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program, I have vastly increased my capacity as an educational administrator. Using research, critical thinking, and networking among students and faculty, I am able to more effectively analyze instructional programs in my district. As a result of my studies in APU’s program, which encourages a high level of engagement with research, I am energized to find and rediscover so many opportunities in K–12 educational leadership and practice.”
David Ostash, Ed.D. in progress
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Sierra Sands Unified School District

“Azusa Pacific University and its doctoral program faculty prepare candidates for ethical leadership, equipping them to achieve excellence in scholarship and to sharpen their vision for success in 21st-century schooling.”
Michael L. Richards, Jr., M.A. ’06, Ed.D. ’14
Alternative Education Principal
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

“As a student in the doctoral program at APU, my ability to produce scholarly papers and research has improved. The program has also strengthened my knowledge of leadership theories and their application to the field of education.”
Lissette Lovett, M.A. ’10, Ed.D. in progress
High School Administrator
San Bernardino City Unified School District

“Support from the diverse faculty in the Ed.D. program was a great benefit to me, and I was able to draw from their experiences and strengths. The doctoral program equipped me with the skills I need to pursue a career in educational research.”
Bryan Bowens, Ed.D. in progress
Computer Teacher, Project THINK
Middle School Algebra Teacher

Note: This information is current for the 2014–15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.