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. The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program will provide opportunities for educators to learn and develop skills and strategies in the areas of school management, education law, education finance, and instructional supervision to be an effective leader.
The goal of the program is to develop scholars-practitioners who will learn and practice advanced skills in designing, implementing, and analyzing effective research-based strategies in school/district leadership so they can provide active, positive, and effective leadership in the school environment. All students enrolled in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree program will demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills related to PSEL and NELP organization standards.
The Ed.D. requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits – 51 credits of required courses and 9 credits of electives. (Note: courses are either three credits or six credits).
Disclosure notice to US students: Acacia University offers graduate degrees for current teachers to achieve their professional goals. Prospective and current students in the US must be licensed teachers in the state in which they work. Therefore, Acacia programs are NOT a pathway to teacher licensure in the US.
This information is provided per U.S. Federal Regulations, 34 CFR § 668.50 (2016 Rules), 34 CFR § 668.43 (2019 Rules), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Manual version 19.2.
Acacia University is an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which allows the university to provide distance learning programs and coursework to students located in states other than Arizona. NC-SARA approval does not grant reciprocity or exemption from state professional licensing requirements.
Click here to download the Catalog and Student Handbook with detailed descriptions of each course in the program.
Acacia University recognizes the prior learning of admitted students by awarding credit for courses at the graduate level, completed at an accredited institution, and documented through official transcript when the credit is applicable to the student’s degree program at Acacia University. As many as nine (9) credits may be transferred.
If an applicant has earned a degree at another university, credits from that degree cannot be transferred or used for an additional degree at Acacia University.
The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by Acacia University. Likewise, credits earned at Acacia University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Students planning to complete credits for a master’s degree in another college, university, or graduate school are advised to contact the Admissions Office of such institution in advance of applying.
All doctoral courses are $330 per credit
The cost for a single 3-credit doctoral level course is $1,065.00
($990.00 + $75.00 one-time application fee)
|Application Fee (one-time)||$75|
|International Virtual Leadership Residency||$700|
|One-Day Virtual Residency (four required sessions)||$125 per session|
|Doctoral Committee Fee||$2,250*|
|Dissertation Publishing Fee||$150**|
|Late Application Fee||$50|
|Official Transcript Fee||$10|
|Late Fee (On Monthly Payments)||$25|
|Returned Check Fee||$20|
|Comprehensive Exam Extension Fee||$150****|
*The Doctoral Committee Fee is due in three installments of $750. The first is due prior to EDA605D Comprehensive Exam, the second prior to EDA719D Action Research Proposal, and the third prior to EDA720D Action Research Dissertation
**For a printed and bound copy of the dissertation, there is an additional fee of $40.00 per copy
***Returning after a 12-month or more absence
****If the Comprehensive Exam is not completed and passed in the term in which the student initially enrolled and must re-enroll in a subsequent term, the Comprehensive Exam Extension Fee will be charged
Most Acacia courses require no textbook. For those courses that do require a textbook, it is the responsibility of the student to purchase or rent the textbook prior to the start of the course. Acacia does not sell or lease textbooks. Students may purchase or rent in any format (hardback, e-textbook, new, used, etc.) but must use the assigned edition. Prices at the time of the current student handbook publication are listed here, but are subject to change. Prices listed are from the publisher, however, students may purchase from any source.
Tuition and fees are payable at the time of registration for each course. Students will not receive Official Grade Reports, transcripts, or be awarded a degree until all financial obligations have been met. Students who have outstanding financial obligations to Acacia University will not be permitted to register for future courses unless special arrangements have been approved through the Finance Office.
Students may pay by check, money order, wire transfer, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). International students must pay with U.S. currency. Students whose employers will be invoiced for tuition shall submit a billing authorization form prior to the second week of class in lieu of course payment.
Military tuition assistance (TA) students may be eligible for a deferral of tuition once their DA 2171 Form has been completed, authorized, and received by Acacia University.
Veteran’s Affairs Educational Benefits
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(e), Acacia University adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from VA. Acacia University will not:
- Prevent the student’s enrollment;
- Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
- Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
- Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional resources) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.
However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:
- Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
- Provide a written request to be certified;
- Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
To learn more about admissions requirements and to start the admission process, Click Here. If you have explored the website and have other questions, visit the Handbooks and Policies page to download the Catalog and Student Handbook and Doctoral Program Handbook Addendum with detailed descriptions of each course in the program, or simply click on the "Contact Us" link on the bottom of every page.
We look forward to you joining Acacia University.