Lincoln Memorial University

Doctor of Education

To inquire about this program:
Cindi Husk, Academic Support
865.531.4109 |

The Doctor of Education degree offers five areas of concentration and is designed for those who aspire to be outstanding leaders in all levels of public and private education, business and industry, and government. All classes meet in Knoxville, Tennessee, and, to accommodate professionals’ busy lives, are scheduled for Friday nights and Saturdays during the fall and spring terms and in three-day blocks during the summer.

Three of the five concentrations: Executive Leadership, Human Resource Development, and Higher Education, are delivered through the Institute of Collaborative Leadership currently housed at LMU’s Duncan School of Law in downtown Knoxville. The other two, Instructional Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction, are offered at the Carter and Moyers School of Education’s Cedar Bluff Campus in west Knoxville.

 To be a nationally recognized leader in the development of scholar-practitioners who serve to advance ethics, change, and social justice through the decision sciences.

The mission of the Doctor of Education is to facilitate the development of investigative, individual, interpersonal, and innovative skills needed for leaders to address emerging issues in organizational settings. This is accomplished through academic experiences which challenge professionals to transform the institutions and communities they serve by advancing ethics, change, and social justice through the decision sciences.


  • Ethical Leadership
  • Transformation
  • Social Justice
  • Critical Inquiry

Interested in Obtaining a Doctoral Degree?
Take a Look at our Program.


We Offer
  • Fully Accredited (NCATE/CAEP, CACREP, and SACS) programs
  • Caring and Attentive Faculty
  • Two Program Completion
    Options (48 and 63 credit hours)
  • Personalized Attention
  • A Cohort Group Model
  • Extensive In-Person and On-Line Support
  • Schedules that Accommodate Working Professionals
  • Research—Theory into Practice
  • An on-line Portal for coordinating tasks and documents related to Research and Dissertations
  • An opportunity to Complete Coursework in 2 to 2.5 years. (not including dissertations)
  • Scholarships
  • Financial aid counseling


Become a Leader in...
  • Executive Leadership
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resource Development







Learn in...
  • Hybrid Learning Environments
  • State-of-the-art Classrooms
  • Secured Settings
  • Easily Accessible Sites
  • Knoxville, TN



  • Personalized Attention. A Major Professor counsels and mentors each candidate and is available to the candidate throughout the candidate’s program.

  • Cohort Group Model. Candidates enter the program during the fall of each year and will, for the most part, remain with the same group of colleagues throughout the completion of their coursework. Long-standing and valuable professional relationships are formed as a result of this program model.

  • Dissertation Support. On-line project management tools (e.g., calendar, tasks, Gantt chart); all forms, reference materials and deadlines; APA style sets (LMU developed); and cloud storage for content, references, forms, and pictures to facilitate dissertation production, review, and approval processes as well as serve as a conduit for document e-transfer between chairs, committee members, and the dissertation reviewer.
  • Schedule Accommodating Working Professionals. One weekend per month during the fall and spring terms; nine full-day sessions during the summer term
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid. Packages available to the Appalachian College Association (ACA) member Community Colleges and Private Universities; Duncan School of Law; Tusculum College; National Institute for School Leadership (NISL); Claiborne County; and Motlow State Community College
  • Research – Theory into Practice. Engagement in action research and educator-leadership projects
  • Accreditations. National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) / Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); Southern Association of Colleges and SchoolsTM Commission on Colleges (SACS / COC)


  • Accepting completed application packages through June 2 — Courses begin in August of each calendar year


  • Complete Two-Stage Admissions Process (credentials and performance reviews)
  • Design Program (63- or 48-credit hour program)
  • Select Concentration (Curriculum / Instruction (CI) or Instructional Leadership (IL) (Cedar Bluff); Human Resource Development (HR), Higher Education (HE), and Executive Leadership (EL)


  • Knoxville – Cedar Bluff (CI / IL) or Duncan School of Law (HR, HE, EL)
    State-of-the-art classrooms — Easily Accessible Facilities — Readily Available Parking — Full-Time Security


  1. Length of Program. The 48-credit hour program coursework can be completed in five (5) terms while the 63-credit hour program coursework requires seven and one-half terms (7.5). Candidate research and dissertation production time varies dependent on the nature of the study; the amount of discretionary time available to the candidate and the type of data to be collected.

  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In order to protect investments of time and money that are made by both parties, candidates are required to submit GRE scores. Performance scores in verbal and quantitative reasoning as well as that in analytical writing provide predictive data that can be used by applicants as well as the Selection Committee, to determine the probability of a successful program completion.




EdS Option

Effective Fall 2016, LMU EdS graduates who qualify for admissions to the LMU EdD program can now apply all 30 EdS credit hours toward the doctoral program of study! This means your total number of hours of coursework remaining after the EdS would be 33 credit hours. New cohort begins each fall.

Go to the Carter and Moyers School of Education home page.


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752