Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program

Samford University's Doctorate of Education in educational leadership program is designed for students interested in leadership issues, as applied to educational institutions. In addition to being offered as a traditional face-to-face program, components of the program are now being offered online.  

With this new online/blended program, you will enjoy unprecedented access and convenience in achieving your educational ambitions from a university that has become synonymous with equipping great leaders for success. 

Whether in the classroom or in the comfort of your own home, Samford’s blended format of study brings learning to you wherever you are. Our award-winning faculty— former teachers, principals, and superintendents who are expert leaders in their fields—are dedicated to your learning and success.

Just listen to what our graduates have to say: 

“Their problem-based instruction and embedded opportunities to network with other administrators provided me the perfect symbiotic relation between work and class. I am not sure I could have received a better educational experience.” --Dr. Wayne Richardson, Principal, Hoover City Schools

“Samford is quite simply the best education one can find. Samford's School of Education is committed to providing the best possible learning opportunities for all its students.” --Dr. Vic Wilson, Superintendent, Hartselle City Schools

“After researching several graduate-level instructional leadership programs in the state, I chose Samford for its reputation as a leader in the education field. Samford's relevant and challenging programs have revolutionized my professional and personal life.” --Chad Kelsoe, Morgan County Schools

“Samford University's School of Education faculty and staff have been a huge blessing in my life, and I will forever be appreciative for the success it has brought to me.” --Jackie Kinney, Morgan County Schools


Apply now and take the first step in joining our elite group of graduates! Questions? Please feel free to contact us by phone at 205-726-2783 or by email at 

*If you need an education specialist (Ed.S.) degree before earning your Ed.D., our combined Ed.S./Ed.D degree option makes it easy and convenient. Please call 205-726-2054, and we will be more than happy to share more information with you. 
 *The next online cohort will be Fall 2014.