Center for Doctoral Studies

Welcome to the Center for Online Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where you can earn your Ed.D. in just eight semesters. This accelerated doctoral program is delivered fully online, requires no residency or travel, and is designed to fit into the busy schedules of full-time educators and working professionals.

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Global Educational Leadership is purposefully designed with a unique and distinctive focus: to equip education leaders to be innovative change agents in local, national, and international settings-regardless of their geographical setting. We acknowledge that our world is increasingly interconnected and that our responsibility and influence as educators extends to all regions and peoples of the world. Graduates of this innovative doctoral program are prepared to work as transformational leaders at the highest levels of education to improve the lives of the citizens of the world.

We believe that increasing the access and effectiveness of education is the key to developing a sustainable world with just societies that value knowledge, promote peace, celebrate diversity, and defend human rights. The program is founded on core values of commitment, excellence, integrity, respect, service and quality.

To equip education leaders with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they will need as practitioners, the program differentiates itself by being:

  • Research-Based
  • Practitioner-Driven
  • Transformative
  • Reflective
  • Innovative
  • Accessible
Students in this program engaging in cutting edge research designed to make the largest possible impact for global good in education.
Our fully online doctoral program in educational leadership provides a quality academic experience while meeting your needs, those of full-time working professionals.


Lamar University offers members of certain global educational leadership groups a unique opportunity to earn credit hours for professional development. Find out more about our Global Leadership Groups.

Our courses:

  • are offered 100% online
  • allow you to meet all of your responsibilities while earning your Ed.D.
  • are executed in eight-week increments
  • begins in the Summer
  • are designed to be completed in eight semesters, including summers

Degree Course Requirements

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