Doctor of Education Degree
Admission Requirements. An applicant is not required
to have majored in education on the
undergraduate level. However, some
curriculum and instruction specializations
do have additional admission
Students may not earn both a master’s
degree and an Ed.S. or Ed.D. from PCC
in the same specialization, except educational
leadership. Those who completed
a Master of Science degree in educational
leadership and want to pursue a higher
degree in the same area should contact
the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office for adjustments
to required courses.
Requirements for the Ed.D.
Doctoral study consists of the mastery
of a field of knowledge and the successful
pursuit of research. Requirements
for the doctoral degree include a minimum
of 60 credit hours beyond master’s
degree or 90 credit hours beyond bachelor’s
degree and doctoral research.
Each education doctoral student must
complete a minimum of 48 credit
hours of coursework. Coursework is completed
through on-campus summer sessions and online
learning. Up to 12 credit hours may be earned
during the 7-week summer term. See upcoming summer courses.
Students must be registered for Continuing
Dissertation Services to be completed
at the student’s home residence
when they are doing their independent
Plan of Study
Students should plan to take the
core courses early in their program.
Within one year after completing all
coursework, comprehensive examinations
must be taken. At the completion of all required
coursework or upon approval of the
Dissertation Topic Approval Form (whichever
comes first), the doctoral
student must register for Continuing
Dissertation Services (equivalent to
a minimum of 6 terms) continuously
until the dissertation is successfully
defended and presented ready for binding.
Defense of the dissertation will
be scheduled after the dissertation has
been acknowledged by the Dissertation
Committee as worthy of the formal
All work including the final oral
defense of the dissertation
must be completed within
7 consecutive years. The 7 years begins
with the first course taken in the doctoral
program. For example, if the first
course was taken Summer 2018, the
student must complete
by August 2025.
The Doctor of Education degree
will be conferred only upon those of
strong character, displaying qualities of
leadership and evidencing a high degree
of scholarship in their chosen fields.
Every candidate for a doctoral degree
is required to prepare and present
acceptable in form and content to
the student’s Dissertation Committee. It is
that the work be of publishable
quality. The dissertation must
exhibit originality and thoroughness of
research and must be an exhaustive treatment
of the subject chosen. Matters of
format, grammar, and mechanics must
be approved by the college dissertation
reviewer. Mere technical form is not
enough; the material should reflect the
high quality of research and knowledge
expected of a doctor of education.
The student must register for Continuing
Dissertation Services until
the project is completed, whether or
not the student resides in Pensacola.
If the final copy is not acceptable
and not presented for binding within
30 days after the defense, a $150 Dissertation
Final Copy Extension Fee
will be charged for each additional 45 days.
All dissertations and other projects
prepared as part of the requirements for
a graduate degree automatically become
the property of Pensacola Christian
College and may not be published or
reproduced without the written consent
of the College.
A student is eligible for candidacy for a doctoral degree when he has (1) completed all coursework, (2) passed his written and oral comprehensive examinations, and (3) received the College Doctoral Committee’s approval of his prospectus.
See Graduation Requirements.