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Program Overview

Program Overview

Enter a journey that will help you become an effective educational leader and open doors of opportunity that allow you to be the change in education that is needed.  Whether your focus is K-12 or higher education – prepare yourself to lead in either public or private academic environments. 

The Doctor of Education in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change is focused on educational leadership, theory, practice, collaboration, research, global perspectives on learning, innovation, organizational change and ethics as part of Christian faith.

We offer an optional Higher Education Cognate if you are interested in focusing on the college and university sector.

We know that you want to start making a difference now. That’s why our program culminates with practical, collaborative doctoral research that addresses real needs in authentic settings for the purpose of informing educational practice.

We offer the same rigorous program in two delivery formats: on-campus and online. Study in a program that includes a focus on the intersection of faith and professional practice—from wherever you are.

Watch the information session webinar for the Doctor of Education program.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Official MAT or GRE test score
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Current Supervisor is required
  • Two written personal statements on the following topics:
    • Faith and spiritual development
    • Purpose Statement- detailing why the applicant wishes to pursue this degree
  • Current resume
  • Writing assessment
Fall 2021 Admissions Timeline
  • Application Deadline- March 31, 2021
  • Interviews Conducted- April 1-30, 2021
  • Acceptances Announced- May 3-7, 2021
  • Program Begins- August 2021


Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

  • $953 per credit hour
  • $763 with in-service scholarship. Lipscomb offers a 20% ‘in-service scholarship’ to all full-time educators (K-12 or higher education).

Scholarship Information

As you give back to the community, Lipscomb University wants to give back to you. The College of Education offers significant scholarships to current educators and administrators. Check out the following information to see if you qualify for scholarships.

All completed applications should be mailed to:

Lipscomb University
College of Education

One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Types of Aid


Retention rate

Cohort Model

Our cohort model emphasizes communal learning and extended field experiences. You’ll have the opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with like-minded peers that will extend far beyond the duration of the program.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.


Learning alongside educators from both the K-12 and higher education arena will afford you opportunities to form relationships with leaders in the education community and establish connections that will serve you throughout your career.


Accelerated program

Our Faculty

  • Trace Hebert headshot

    Trace Hebert

    Director, Doctoral Program in Education

    Trace Hebert holds a B.S. degree from Abilene Christian University, the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama Birmingham, and the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University....

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  • Debi Hoggatt

    Debi Hoggatt

    Assistant Professor of Education

    Deborah Hoggatt completed her undergraduate work in Michigan. She later earned her master's degree in Human Development at Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University....

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  • Deborah Boyd

    Deborah Boyd

    Dean, College of Education

    Deborah Boyd has more than 40 years of experience in education including teaching and leadership at the K-12 and university levels. Currently dean of the Lipscomb University College of Education...

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  • Emily Mofield

    Emily Mofield

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Education

    Emily Mofield, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education teaching classes for the Doctor of Education Program and Gifted Education graduate studies. Her background includes 15 years...

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  • Keith Nikolaus

    Keith Nikolaus


    Living most of his life in Middle Tennessee, Keith Nikolaus is an alumnus of David Lipscomb Campus School (1971) and David Lipscomb College (1975). He earned both his M.Ed. in...

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  • Contessa Sanders

    Tessa Sanders

    Assistant Professor of Education

    Contessa Sanders has served as an educational consultant in cities such as Detroit Mich., New Orleans La., Charlotte N.C., Fort Lauderdale Fla.. In Nashville, Tenn., she has served as a...

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  • Roger Wiemers

    Roger Wiemers


    Roger Wiemers has taught at the graduate level for over 15 years with a speciality in research statistics. He earned both M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from Tennessee State University. Wiemers...

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Career Paths

Education Leadership Positions

Educational leadership positions in K-12 include instructional coaches, lead faculty, assistant principals, building principals, executive principals, a variety of district roles including superintendents, and a variety of roles in the state department of education.

Higher Education Positions

Educators work in higher education as faculty or in administrative roles such as program directors, deans, vice presidents, and presidents. Their job duties vary depending upon the role they fill.

Education Support Organizations

Education support organizations provide services to both K-12 and higher education. These organizations include a number of leadership opportunities in the area of policy formation, advocacy, professional development, assessment services, and support for educational leaders and institutions.