Online PhD in Educational Leadership

3 years
Duration of the program

In line
with one-week annual residency in Portland, Oregon

Semester time credits

Cost per semester credit-hour

$ 874 *

Tuition fees for the entire program

$ 48,944 *

* All financial information shown is subject to change. Financial assistance available.

Develop your leadership and scholarship to change the landscape of education. Whether you are a practitioner in a P-12 setting or a leader in your university, a George Fox Doctor of Education degree, grounded in the values ​​that flow from our Christian faith, can help you become an academic who brings real results, made, a positive change in your community.

Be educated

Join a community where you will be developed not only as a scholar, but also as a thought leader. Here’s how:

Christian integration

Examine issues of education, theory, and practice through the lens of faith. Immerse yourself in conversations with our faculty who understand the challenge of working in a pluralistic society and remain curious and open about what it means to lead with integrity, fairness, community and service.

Development of scholar-practitioners

Our model of learning based on in-depth discussion will prepare you for in-depth reflection on complex issues such as diversity, sacrifice and humility, while encouraging you to keep asking difficult but critical questions. During this time, our professors are available to answer your questions and bring their expertise to conversations, ideas and teaching practice.

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Community of learners

Go further with a cohort community that becomes family. Give and receive encouragement as you spend time together in coffee shops writing articles, brain groups or on social media, and learn from the wisdom of the cohort that awaits you through the Symposium – a two-day event. each summer devoted to developing a deeper understanding of educational issues.

Personal care for you

Our faculty and staff intend to build bridges within and between cohorts, and the combination of our faculty’s commitment to connecting with students as unique individuals and the supportive relationships of our students with each other ensures that you will be known beyond your academic work.


Our Doctor of Education program has two concentrations to help prepare you for the exact type of work you want to do.

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Administration concentration

Equip educators to equip students. This concentration prepares you to lead administratively in public / private elementary schools, secondary schools and charter schools.

Administration concentration

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Concentration in instructional design and development

Determine how students learn. This concentration allows you to ensure pedagogical leadership in the positions of primary, public / private secondary P-12 or college / university teachers.

Concentration in instructional design and development


Program structure

In our three-year hybrid PhD, you will experience the best of flexibility and intentionality throughout the program. Coupled with a one-time intensive one-week on-campus internship each summer, we partner with you to ensure your life’s priorities remain while pursuing your PhD.

Program structure details

George Fox University’s education programs prepare graduates to think critically, transform practice, and promote justice.

  • Think critically: Use evidence to question the way things are done and imagine new possibilities
  • Transform the practice: Rethink the Way You Teach to Help Change the System, Improve Student Results, and Bring Hope
  • Promote justice: Defend the needs of all students; teach and mold love and care for others

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The doctoral program in education gave me the confidence to see myself as a true researcher-practitioner. I had the opportunity to develop strong research skills that could be applied to solving pressing problems in education.

Janice G. Ball