Union University

Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education

Available on the Jackson, Germantown (suburb of Memphis), and Hendersonville (suburb of Nashville) Campuses

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.


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.

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12/14/13 - Janice Baldwin, doctor of education graduate, receives her doctoral hood during Fall Commencement Services.  - Anne Richoux
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Janice Baldwin, doctor of education graduate, receives her doctoral hood during Fall Commencement Services. - Anne Richoux
352 receive degrees during Union’s December commencement   

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12/15/12 - Jacqueline Taylor, doctor of education, receives her diploma from David S. Dockery, president of the university, during Fall Commencement. - Jacob Moore
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Jacqueline Taylor, doctor of education, receives her diploma from David S. Dockery, president of the university, during Fall Commencement. - Jacob Moore

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10/18/11 - Thomas Rosebrough, executive dean of the college of education and human studies, introduces the film
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Thomas Rosebrough, executive dean of the college of education and human studies, introduces the film "Race to Nowhere" about the problems with education in America. The film was shown by the School of Education. - Zac Calvert

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Course Schedules
Graduate Catalogues (.pdf)
Jackson Campus Contacts
  • 1050 Union University Drive
  • Jackson, TN 38305
  • Director (P-12 School Leadership): Ben Phillips
  • Director (Higher Education): Melinda Clarke
  • Coordinator: Marcia Joyner
  • Phone: 731-661-6554
  • Fax: 731-661-5468
  • E-mail: mjoyner@uu.edu
Jackson Cohorts (.pdf)
Germantown Campus Contacts
  • 2745 Hacks Cross Road
  • Germantown, TN 38138
  • Coordinator: Terri Richmond
  • Phone: 901-312-1918
  • Fax: 901-759-1197
  • E-mail: trichmon@uu.edu
Germantown Cohorts (.pdf)
Hendersonville Campus Contacts
  • 205 Indian Lake Blvd.
  • Hendersonville, TN 37075
  • Director: Linda Cash
  • Coordinator: Sherry Russell
  • Phone: 615-447-2509
  • Fax: 615-447-2550
  • E-mail: srussell@uu.edu
Hendersonville Cohorts (.pdf)
Online Contacts
  • 1050 Union University Drive
  • Jackson, TN 38305
  • Director: Ben Phillips
  • Coordinator: Marcia Joyner
  • Phone: 731-661-6554
  • Fax: 731-661-5468
  • E-mail: mjoyner@uu.edu
Online Cohorts (.pdf)