Lincoln Memorial University

Doctor of Education Concentrations

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

We have designed each of these concentrations to develop leaders who: are scholars; have outstanding personal qualities; are able to conduct original research and interpret and communicate the results of that research through their writing, teaching, and leadership; learn the art of effective collaboration; and who can, and will, translate theory into practice. In addition to completing all of the required coursework successfully, candidates must complete a dissertation in order to earn the education doctorate. The dissertation must be a work that reflects a high-level of quality and represents an original and significant contribution to the discipline.

Doctor of Education - Concentration in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I)

Educators who are interested in pursuing leadership positions in PK - 16 settings will find this concentration provides a rich curriculum capable of preparing them for careers they may want to undertake. Successful completion of the coursework and research will enable them to develop the skills, confidence, and knowledge required to become leaders: in positions at the Director and/or Central Office level in curriculum and instruction; at the state level with a focus on curriculum and instruction; and other types of organizations that demand knowledge in the area of curriculum and instruction.

***Available at Lincoln Memorial University’s Cedar Bluff Campus, Knoxville, TN

Course Curriculum Provides:

      • access to current research and practice pertaining to the design, delivery, and assessment of instructional programs;
      • direction on how to ensure the appropriate inclusion of information and other digital systems into organizational processes;
      • exposure to instructional strategies, learning styles, human cognition, and diversity-related issues; and
      • knowledge and skill growth in understanding, conducting, and applying research in the field of curriculum and instruction in the context of developing a deep appreciation of, and ability to, implement constructivist principles in all aspects of instructional programs.

Courses in this concentration include: Trends and Issues in Educational Technology; Curricula for Literacy; Curriculum Leadership at the District Level; Perspective and Strategies in Teaching and Learning; Teacher Leadership and Critical Inquiry and Research Design.

Doctor of Education - Concentration in Instructional Leadership (IL)

This concentration affords those educators who want to enhance their opportunities in PK - 16 settings as principals, assistant principals, superintendents, directors, or in related leadership roles at local, regional, state, or even national positions that demand skilled leadership and a comprehensive knowledge base. This concentration provides multiple opportunities to acquire the knowledge needed to pursue such positions.


Course Curriculum Provides:

      • acquisition of expertise in evolving leadership and organizational theories;
      • practice in the identification of issues surrounding financial stewardship;
      • employment of predictive leadership models to address emerging educational issues;
      • development of the skills required to analyze and reflect critically upon contemporary issues facing education;
      • learning on how to engage inquiry in decision-making processes; and
      • opportunities for candidates to acquire a deeper understanding of the application, and conduct of research in the field of leadership and administration in education.


Courses in this concentration include: Ethical Leadership and Decision Making; Group Methods and Processes; Educational Finance; Advanced Educational Law: A Legal Perspective in Specific Areas of Need; Political Structures and Governance; and Critical Inquiry and Research Design.

Doctor of Education - Concentration in Higher Education (HE)

The Higher Education concentration will help candidates acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to assume leadership roles in institutions of higher education (public and private); liberal arts and research-based sites; community colleges; and related academic entities.

***Available at LMU’s Duncan School of Law, Institute for Collaborative Leadership, Knoxville, TN

Course Curriculum Provides:

      • experience in conducting and publishing research which answers meaningful questions and makes a difference to campus practice and/or to the fields of higher education;
      • preparation to effect change at site and organizational levels through creative interventions and program design;
      • exposure to, and familiarization with, pertinent laws, regulations, policies; accrediting agencies; and standards of governing;
      • strategies for relating to, and working with, diverse populations; and
      • skill development in how to communicate competently in a global and multicultural context; and
      • strategies for appropriately confronting personal and institutional injustice and marginalization in higher education. 

Courses in this concentration include: Higher Education: Theory, Foundations, and Principles; Higher Education Finance; College Student Development Theory; Policy Development and Analysis; and Governance Administration and Politics; and Critical Inquiry and Research Design.

Doctor of Education - Concentration in Human Resource Development (HR)

Coursework and experiences in this concentration will enable candidates to develop the knowledge and skills required to assume positions that have oversight for all laws, regulations, practices, and services related to personnel and their development in organizations and institutions in both the public and private sectors.

*** IBID

Course Curriculum Provides:

      • exposure to topics such as professional development; employment; compensation; evaluation; and succession planning;
      • opportunities for candidates to learn how to effectively create and transmit essential knowledge, develop personnel, and provide additional services as aligned to studies within this discipline area
      • methodologies for effecting the advancement of human resource development and professional practice; and
      • opportunities for candidates to demonstrate a commitment and ability to foster learning and personal development within any organization regardless of type or size.


Courses in this concentration include: Human Resource Development: Theory, Foundations, and Principles; Personnel and Human Resource Management; Principles and Theories of Training and Development; Human Resource Recruitment and Selection; Program and Organizational Outcomes Evaluation; and Critical Inquiry and Research Design.

Doctor of Education - Concentration in Executive Leadership (EL)

The Executive Leadership concentration will meet the needs of professionals who are pursuing careers in executive levels of business; education; health; non-profits; military; hospital management; state, county, and city governmental offices; as well as an amalgam of other related public and private sector areas.

*** IBID

Course Curriculum Provides:

      • an advanced understanding of the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and investigative
        dimensions of leadership as exemplified by the leadership style of Abraham Lincoln;
      • seminars that engage candidates in discourse on various aspects of leadership;
      • emphasis on problem identification and resolution strategies; and
      • opportunities to conduct applied research in the field of leadership.


Courses in this concentration include: Courses in this concentration include: Economic and Legal Issues; Advanced Seminar in Leadership; Critical Inquiry and Research Design; Change and Entrepreneurship; Policy Analysis; and Political Structures and Governance.


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