Our challenging, Christ-centered academic environment combines a deeper exploration of faith and learning. An interdisciplinary approach allows you to take ownership of your education and pursue a unique combination of theory and practical experience that equips you to make the best contribution possible in your specific sphere of influence.
LEAD 7400 Educational Foundations
The course provides an introduction to educational leadership with an emphasis on leadership practice, development, and implementation. The work and challenges of educational leaders will be examined. The student will study the roles of servant leadership, credibility, vision, empowerment, and strategy for educational leaders.
LEAD 7402 Biblically-Based Servant Leadership
This seminar introduces the nature and purpose of spirituality from the biblical perspective as it relates to leadership, assisting students in constructing and refining those spiritual principles that are philosophically, theologically, and pastorally relevant to the human condition with the Christian community and other religious traditions. The seminar develops a working biblical-exegetical, theological, and historical template for examining and evaluating current leadership styles and principles. Students will apply this template to the leadership examples and principles found within the selected biblical narratives, specifically focusing on Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul. The seminar concludes with the synthesis and application of principles discovered in the development of a biblical model for servant leadership today within current vocational contexts.
LEAD 7403 Theories of Human Development
This course explores human development research, focusing on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, personality, (moral and faith) development from conception to death within the context of psychological and sociological theories of development with an emphasis on their contributions to the practices of Christian nurture, instruction, and leadership formation.
LEAD 7404 Theories of Leadership and Management
Leadership is essentially the ability of an individual to influence other persons to achieve a purpose, attain a goal, or create a change. Contemporary businesses, educational institutions, and other organizations expect mastery of strategic leadership elements and a comprehension of motivational and problem solving approaches from their leaders. This course provides a survey of the key components of leadership theory, concepts, and models within the context of a Christian worldview. Learners will examine leadership theory, ethics, values, attitudes, character development, diversity, and leadership behavior with an emphasis on developing the requisite skills for effective servant leadership.
LEAD 7405 Theories of Learning
This course explores the major theories of and ongoing research in learning with application of these theories and research studies to curriculum design and instructional strategies in school districts, colleges and universities, and church settings. Emphasis is given to an analysis of learning styles as well.
LEAD 7460 Development and Design for Ministry
Learners will research and evaluate a wide range of ministry designs and determine best practices to develop appropriate criteria for ministry development and design for application to ministry in churches, in colleges and universities, and other denominational assignments, or Christian agencies.
LEAD 7461 Christian Education and Faith Formation
Learners will research systems of faith formation related to all age groups and current Christian education processes with a view toward developing quality Christian education models for spiritual formation in the various age groups of preschool, children, youth, and adult.
LEAD 7462 Development and Management of Volunteer Leaders
Students will research volunteerism in a wide range of fields to gain knowledge and understanding for application in churches, Christian college and university campuses, denominational agencies, and in other Christian related ministries. Research areas include best practices, resources, and discovery and assessment of gifts and abilities, systems of training and equipping.
LEAD 7463 Curriculum Design and Application in Ministry
Learners will research church curriculum design and best practices among various Christian denomination publishers and groups to identify principles, evaluative criteria, and practices to gain knowledge, understanding and appropriate application for churches of various sizes and styles given special focus to the role of biblical teaching and basic discipleship. Learners will also research the process of curriculum development and writing for general application and specific age group relevance.
LEAD 7464 Independent Research in Educational Ministry
Individual research varied in content and relating to an issue of professional interest and significance in the field of educational ministry.
LEAD 7470 Higher Education Leadership
Learners will participate in an in-depth analysis of the various institutional models of higher education as well as their organizational roles on a national perspective. The principal administrative and leadership functions, including faculty personnel, business management, public relations, and the liaison of student personnel with other administrative and leadership functions will be analyzed and evaluated.
LEAD 7471 Higher Education History and Philosophy
Learners will examine the development of American higher education and the philosophical constructs against the background of influential social, political, economic, and intellectual issues. Topics of study include: historical formation including the impact of Christianity upon the development of higher educational institutions, early American higher education, current trends of higher education in America, and the role of the church, government, politics, and economy in the philosophical trends in American higher education.
LEAD 7472 Higher Education Finance & Law
Students will participate in a variety of authentic and research-based activities to provide budgeting and finance knowledge for higher education institutions, including issues of local, state, and federal laws and policies. The course will also survey federal and state law governing colleges and universities in the United States of America with a focus on the application of education law to specific fact patterns commonly presented to various academic administrators.
LEAD 7473 Academic and Student Services Leadership
Learners will participate in an in-depth study of the functions and professional issues of student affairs and academic affairs leadership in higher education. Pertinent concepts of administration, student development, curriculum development, instructional management, and decision-making will be explored and analyzed. The functions of and relationships between various student services and academic departments will be reviewed.
LEAD 7474 Independent Research in Higher Education
Individual research varied in content and relating to an issue of professional interest and significance in the field of higher education.
LEAD 7480 Ethics in Leadership
Learners will participate in the study of leadership models and application from an ethical perspective. They will be expected to participate in critical thinking and problem solving research, case studies, and authentic organizational applications designed to expand principled focus from a servant leadership perspective.
LEAD 7481 Strategic Planning in Leadership
This course explores organizational strategy from a theoretical perspective with an emphasis on the application of strategic models and tools to lead effectively within the higher education, church, and denominational environments.
LEAD 7482 Professional Leadership Development
This course explores coaching and mentoring, giving particular attention to these topics in today’s corporate world. Learners will determine qualifications of successful coaches and mentors, as well as identify how coaching and mentoring affect change, culture, learning, and relationships within organizations.
LEAD 7483 Leading Change in Organizations
This course is designed to assist doctoral students in exploring selectively, some of the key areas of the field of organizational behavior. The course examines organizations from a sociological perspective to gain a comprehensive understanding of both the theoretical and practical workings of organizations. Topics covered will be the field of organizational behavior, levels of analysis, and disciplines that contribute to organizational behavior and change. Human problems of adjustment, communication, and performance in various organizational structures will be examined.
LEAD 7484 Independent Research in Leadership
Individual research varied in content and relating to an issue of professional interest and significance in the field of leadership.
LEAD 7320 Statistics I
If students did not have a course in statistics in their graduate degree, then they must choose to take this statistics foundational course. Statistics is the science of conducting studies to collect, organize, summarize, present, analyze, and draw conclusions from data. Descriptive statistics consists of the collection, organization, summarization, and presentation of data. Inferential statistics consists of the analysis of data in order to draw conclusions when generalizing from a sample to a population. Students in this course will study both descriptive and inferential statistics, elements of probability which support statistical theory, and theoretical distributions. Tests of hypotheses will include z-tests, t-tests, chi-square tests, one-way and two-way analysis of variance, and nonparametric tests. Other topics are confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression, and multiple regression. Students will apply statistics to the decision making process for leadership position holders and will design, conduct, and report a study that demonstrates their statistical skills. NOTE: This course serves as the prerequisite for LEAD 7441 and is required unless the prerequisite has been completed in previous graduate study.
LEAD 7440 Educational Research
Examination of quantitative, qualitative, historical, and other research designs and methods to enhance the evaluation of higher education research and to prepare the students for applications in research design.
LEAD 7441 Quantitative Methods of Research
Learners will expand previous knowledge for analysis, interpretation, and decision-making in quantitative research to be used in education leadership. Learners will use statistical software to aid in their research. (Prerequisite: LEAD 7320 Statistics I or Master’s level Statistics with a grade of B or higher)
LEAD 7490 Leadership Proposal Design
The Leadership Proposal Design course is designed to provide the learner with an academic foundation and practical research skills essential to successfully plan, write, defend and complete a scholarly dissertation. The course incorporates decision-making in the areas of topic refinement, related literature research and development, research methodology and statistical design and scholarly writing. The course is appropriate for students that are completing their course work, have selected a topic and are moving into the research and dissertation phase of their study.
LEAD 7491 Leadership Dissertation I
Doctoral students will be guided and assisted in the completion of dissertation research, development and writing of their dissertation chapters, data analysis, conclusions, recommendations, and preparations for final methodology review.
LEAD 7492 Leadership Dissertation II
A continuation of Leadership Dissertation I, doctoral students will be guided in the completion of edits required by the dissertation committee and methodology review, and preparation for the dissertation defense.
Ozzie Ingram, Ed.D.
— Ozzie Ingram, Ed.D. Director