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Earn Your Doctorate in Education

Today's organizations are in need of great leaders. From schools to not-for-profits and businesses, Grand Canyon University's doctorate in education focused on organizational leadership is designed to prepare learners to lead at a higher level by becoming scholar-practitioners. Graduates of the Ed.D. program are prepared to lead and influence organizational change in a variety of settings. Learners specialize in one of the following emphasis areas: K-12 education, special education, higher education, organizational management, behavioral health and Christian ministry. It is the mission of Grand Canyon University to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers and responsible leaders.

Learners in the Ed.D. program examine the development and evolution of leadership theories and the resilience required of leaders in today's global and turbulent economy. By studying the major bodies of literature in leadership, learners reflect critically on existing theories and identify appropriate applications of theories in educational, business and other organizational environments. In this way, learners bridge the gap between theory and application, preparing themselves to apply their newly developed knowledge to the real world.

Each of our Ed.D. programs utilizes our innovative approach to the dissertation process which begins with the very first course. Throughout the program, learners progressively build the skills and understanding necessary to research, write the results and finally defend their dissertation to complete their doctorate in education.

All 8-week courses are completed online with a group of peers. Two in-person residencies allow learners to connect with their peers and provide face-to-face interaction and personal attention focused entirely on the dissertation process.

The College of Doctoral Studies has a comprehensive support structure, ensuring learners have the tools necessary to meet their educational goals. From a doctoral writing tutor to expert librarians, learners receive personalized assistance in researching dissertation topics and with all scholarly writing needs. The DC Network® (Doctoral Community Network) is a vibrant online learning community that allows doctoral candidates to connect and share their research findings in addition to providing resources and tools important to learners.

The Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching (CIRT) was developed by Grand Canyon University to facilitate excellence in research and teaching. With the goal of fostering innovation in teaching, learning and research, CIRT has developed several journals, conferences and collaborative research circles that doctoral learners are encouraged in participate in. Through CIRT, the Emerging Scholar-Practitioners Conference is held in conjunction with the doctoral residency and provides doctoral learners with the opportunity to disseminate and present the ideas and research of their dissertation.

Nicholas Markette, Chief Finance Officer of a private company, earned his doctorate in organizational leadership in 2011 from Grand Canyon University, after successfully defending his dissertation titled "A Case Study of the Structures and Conditions of Public High School Administrations as Teams." His study was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Dissertation Award Nicolas Markette, Doctorate in Education Graduatefrom the Arizona Professors of Education Administration.

"The GCU doctoral journey was about growth, both intellectually and personally. I was able to research an area that I was passionate about and the University supported me in pursuing that passion."