Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Doctorate in Education Degree in Instructional Leadership

The Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Leadership from Freed-Hardeman University is supported by two tenets linked to 1) a call by state leaders for increased leadership capacity to better prepare effective school leaders and 2) prior successes of Freed-Hardeman University's education programs.

FHU's Doctor of Education degree program in Instructional Leadership will prepare instructional leaders who will not only lead in management and teaching; but most importantly will prepare individuals who will become visionary instructional leaders capable of effecting profound change that produces improved student achievement in a supportive environment.

This program is created specifically for practicing teachers, educational leaders, and district and site administrators in public and nonpublic schools and school systems. The degree program fosters the development of leadership skills associated with visionary leadership and change management coupled with traditional instructional tasks such as goal setting, resource allocation, curriculum management, and analysis of instructional content and design. Through self-reflection, analysis, and practical application of best practices, doctoral students will utilize these skills to solve real problems in the workplace. In addition, the program focuses on developing school and teacher leaders with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to transform educational organizations by creating professional development programs that emphasize data-driven decision making for improved instruction in schools.


FHU's Doctor of Education program is designed to serve non-traditional students. The program is an innovative, flexible program that utilizes the latest technology in its delivery system. The program allows the non-traditional student to complete the degree while continuing his/her full-time employment. Most specifically, it is designed to develop advanced instructional leaders who will meet the academic and accountability needs of schools, school districts, and educational agencies throughout Tennessee.

FHU's program is unique in that it is currently the only Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Leadership in the state of Tennessee.


Programs Available

Doctor of Education Degree in Instructional Leadership, concentration in Administration and Supervision

A program leading to a Doctor of Education Degree with a license in administration and supervision.


Doctor of Education Degree in Instructional Leadership, concentration in Teacher Leadership

A program leading to a non-licensure Doctor of Education Degree with a concentration in teacher leadership.


**Students who elect to pursue the Instructional Leadership program will enroll first in EDU 601.

Admissions Requirements
Program of Study Administration and Supervision (Licensure)
TILS Licensure Requirements Administration and Supervision (Licensure)
Exit Requirements Administration and Supervision (Licensure)
Program of Study Teacher Leadership (Non-licensure)
Exit Requirements Teacher Leadership (Non-licensure)
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