Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SBU Announces Accreditation for Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

SBU Announces Accreditation for Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 / ssmith@sbuniv.edu

BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Southwest Baptist University College of Education and Social Sciences announced its accreditation for a new doctoral program, and applications are being accepted for the fall 2012 cohort of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership degree.

The new doctoral degree specifically prepares leaders and administrators for service in school administration and other leadership roles in various non-profit or church-affiliated organizations. The program has been developed and approved under the guidelines required by the Higher Learning Commission.

Dr. Pam Hedgpeth, director of the new degree program, said, “The SBU Ed.D. program has been designed from a practitioner’s perspective, supported by current literature and with input from local, state and national educational leaders. This unique program provides coursework and authentic experiences that stretch students to re-think the role of leadership in creating and facilitating a true learning organization that is highly responsive to current educational challenges and opportunities.”

“The addition of the Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Social Sciences at Southwest Baptist University will strengthen the mission and vision of the department,” said Dean Linda Wooderson. “It is our desire to produce administrators who are caring, effective practitioners in today's schools.”

Dr. Wooderson continued, “The program seeks to engage faculty and students with the intention of working collaboratively toward effective schools, vital communities, and a re-invigorated state. It is a specialized program in advanced educational leadership practice and is tailored to the needs and interests of targeted students.

The program involves learners in a variety of educational experiences including discussions of current research and leadership practice, self-reflection, innovative technological applications, simulations, field-based learning, professional seminars and other experiences deemed current and appropriate.

The program employs a cohort model to provide a number of benefits to students including support, group feedback, peer mentoring, networking, and collaborative insights. Advisors are assigned to students the first semester of their coursework with the purpose of providing ongoing guidance and facilitation for the individual directed research project.

The expectation for those completing the Doctor of education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program will be to expand their skills as servant leaders who can demonstrate essential knowledge and processes capable of creating a positive culture, increasing organizational/student performance, and facilitating the development of a highly successful learning organization.

Department Chair Dr. Jim Truelove said, “SBU has a strong tradition of preparing students to be servant leaders.  To further this mission, SBU has implemented this new doctoral degree program. An integral part of the degree is the opportunity it affords students to develop expertise in providing transformative leadership for our schools.  We are excited about this new frontier for SBU and the possibilities it will create for our students.” 

For more information, please call toll-free 1-800-792-4191 or visit www.SBUniv.edu/EdD


Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. At SBU, the faculty and staff create a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu.

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