2019-2020 Catalog 
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2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ethical Leadership, Ed.D.

Karen Dowling, Ph.D., Director

Olivet Nazarene University’s Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership is a terminal degree program with a focus on professional, field-oriented curriculum leading to a dissertation in practice to provide research based solutions. The program is designed to facilitate the learning styles of adult learners engaged in leadership through collaborative community, problem-based learning, and critical thinking. The Ed.D. program aligns with Olivet Nazarene University’s core vision of graduating students who are: personally developed, professionally ready, and living lives of service to God and humanity. The program is designed for working practitioners who are organizational leaders seeking to advance their careers through scholarship, innovation, and strategic approaches in transforming professional practices, communities, cultures, and society.

The program is 60 credit hours total. There are 48 credit hours of study: 12 credit hours of dissertation in practice. All courses are delivered online through the learning management system with emphases on leadership, societal transformation, and research methodologies.  Candidates work on the dissertation in practice concurrently within their course schedule. The Dissertation in Practice Manual is provided as a guide through the process.

60 hours


A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) is required to successfully complete the program. Courses with grade lower than B- must be repeated. Dissertation deadlines must be met.

Program learning objectives are as follows:

Critical Thinking and Leadership Skills

  • Critical analysis of frameworks which transform society
  • Application of various leadership and transformational models in professional field

Proficient in Applied Research Skills

  • Application of quantitative and qualitative methods to resolve organizational issues
  • Using technology in research of real world challenges
  • Examination of a societal issue or challenge resulting in solutions for real world contexts

Writing and Communication Consistent with the Academic Community

  • Writing academic quality papers
  • Analyzing and synthesizing literature and research to make an impact in one’s professional field
  • Contributing to ethical leadership theory and practices through the expansion of research-based application of knowledge

Proficiency as a Practitioner

  • Integrating and applying models of ethical leadership and societal transformation to make a positive impact on society.
  • Applying diversity of thought and perspective from various cultures and societies
  • Practicing self-reflection

Demonstrate a Life of Service

  • Exhibiting an increased understanding of lives of service to God and humanity
  • Emphasizing the individual’s ethical and moral responsibilities to his or her sphere of influence