Excellence in Educational Leadership

Azusa Pacific University’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership brings together a network of practitioner-scholars to equip a broad range of educators who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge and enhance their capacity to lead, inspire, and educate. Experienced faculty provide personalized guidance throughout the program, with face-to-face class meetings that are enhanced and supplemented by online instruction. Cultivate visionary leadership and learn to integrate a Christ-centered perspective into professional practice, preparing you to make a transformative impact on schools and districts, and the lives of students in them.

Ed.D. Program Highlights

  • Attend intensive Saturday classes at APU’s main campus six times during the 16-week fall and spring terms and five times during the 12-week summer term.
  • Experience coursework taught and designed by current superintendents and faculty researchers, adding depth and relevance to APU’s learning community of educators.
  • Receive comprehensive support from faculty as you select an individual topic of study and complete original research.
  • Draw fundamental connections between theory, research, and practice with an emphasis on applied research that leads to positive change in K–12 schools and districts.
  • Benefit from classes that explore contemporary issues in education as they happen and evolve, enabling educators to remain at the forefront of knowledge.
  • Develop the research skills needed to produce results and shape effective learning environments from a practitioner-scholar perspective.
  • Benefit from a guided dissertation process embedded within coursework, empowering candidates to complete their doctorate on time.
  • Finish your doctoral degree in three years through a streamlined, cohort-based program.

APU also offers doctoral programs in higher education through the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences.

School of Education Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In addition, the School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), making APU one of only three private schools in California with this distinction. Further, our credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our Educational Psychology program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). These notable accreditations set APU graduates apart from other candidates and ensure that your degree will be recognized throughout the United States and internationally.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, placing at No. 183 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2017 Best Colleges in the West, Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2017, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.