The mission of the Education Department is to prepare educators of character and competence who reflect Christ as they serve and lead in their schools and communities. The Ed.D. degree is guided by the conceptual framework of the Teacher Education Program, a teacher-student dynamic of sensitivity, reflection and faith.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is the highest professional degree in education. Individuals who have earned this degree are recognized for their wide knowledge of theory and research and for their commitment to the application of knowledge for the improvement of educational policy and practice. The Union Ed.D. is designed for active professionals who will graduate ready to assume leadership and teaching roles in Preschool-Grade Twelve schools, universities, government and business. Ed.D. graduates can positively contribute to administration, teaching, policy and curriculum formation, and research. Each doctoral degree is designed to be a blend of theory and practice, classic knowledge and current research, analysis and synthesis, macro-perspective and micro-functionality.
Union University offers the doctoral degree in educational leadership with two areas of specialization:
The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership P-12 School Administration degree is offered on the Jackson, Germantown, and Hendersonville campuses and has two areas of concentration, Instructional Leadership (P-12) and Curriculum and Supervision (P-12).
The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Higher Education degree, with summer residency courses now offered on the Jackson and Hendersonville campuses, is designed to prepare college and university professionals to serve as administrators, teachers, policy-makers, and researchers, with special attention to the needs of smaller independent institutions of higher education. The degree program is delivered in a combination of campus, blended online/campus, and fully online courses to ensure service to a national community. Its goals include the university’s guiding principles of academic excellence, Christian values, development of the whole person, and future-driven scholastic agendas.
Union's School of Education offers the Leadership in School Reform track to be the answer to candidates' request for an advanced degree with new and relevant courses in educational leadership. The purpose of this program is to create and actualize a vision for leadership in 21st century schools, embodying the best of research and practice in policy, child development, learning, teaching, and leadership within the context of school reform. In keeping with the trend of modern students and technology in learning, this degree is designed to be delivered fully online. This track begins each January.