Doctoral Degree
The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is a 60 credit program designed for graduate level educators who are presently teachers or administrators in a school setting or have regular weekly access to a school and classrooms.

Admission Eligibility and Requirements

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from an accredited university – The degree must be verified on original transcripts sent by the undergraduate institution directly to Acacia University. Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an evaluation agency credentialed through National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
  • Verifiable work experience as a teacher or administrator in an educational setting for three or more years
  • Original transcripts from undergraduate degrees from accredited universities
  • Two recommendation letters completed by a school administrator or supervisor.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and do not have a master’s degree from a university in which instruction is conducted in English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score. Doctoral applicants must demonstrate college-level proficiency with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 80 on the Internet Based Test (iBT)
  • Completed DocuSign Enrollment Agreement
  • A 3.25 or higher GPA in your master’s degree program
  • 500-word essay
  • An online interview with a member of the doctoral program selection committee
Acacia University courses are 100% online so each applicant must have access that includes e-mail and the internet to participate.

Regular Applicants

Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and are currently employed in public or private education at the elementary, secondary or higher education level are considered regular applicants to the program. The majority of applicants to this program are adults working in a variety of professional education settings. Consequently, prior class rank and/or grade point average are not significant factors in the admission process.

Special Applicants

An individual not qualifying as a regular applicant may apply as a special applicant. Special applicants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but must have an academic background equivalent to a bachelor’s degree earned in the United States.
Application for Admission to the Doctoral Degree Program
Submitting this application begins the official part of the Acacia University enrollment process. We will review your application and contact you within two business days to discuss your status. (You should also receive an email after completing this application that covers the next steps in the enrollment process.)
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