Ed.D. Program Information


Selection into the Ed.D. program is for individuals holding a master's degree from a regionally accredited educational institution. To begin the process of admission, the candidate will be required to submit:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of degrees (undergraduate, master's,...) from regionally accredited colleges/universities with at least a 3.4 minimum GPA at the master's level. Applicants with less than a cumulative 3.4 GPA on official transcripts representative of graduate work at the master's level or higher from regionally accredited colleges/universities may be considered for restrictive admission. Applicants not meeting all program admission guidelines may be admitted with restrictions upon recommendation of the director of the doctoral program, in consultation of the doctoral Admissions Committee, to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The Admissions Committee will make the determination to remove the restrictive admission status on an individual basis. Individuals whose master's programs gave "pass" or "fail" in lieu of grades will submit a description of the admission requirements to the master's program, and a letter from an official of the institution regarding the likelihood of the applicant's success in a doctoral program.
  3. Two references from individuals who know the applicant's abilities.

Selection is based on the evaluation of the following components:   

  1. Interview: An individual interview will be conducted by the Admissions Committee. This will be an opportunity to assess personal goals, oral communication skills, and ability to interact with other professionals.
  2. Writing Sample: Guidelines will be provided regarding the expectations of the writing component two (2) weeks prior to interview date. The critique must be submitted via Internet and hard copy brought to the interview. Hand written copy is not accepted. The Trevecca computer lab will be available for this writing sample.
  3. Professional Experiences
Resume (follow the specified format)
Reference Forms (These should attest the potential ability for success in doctoral studies, and be completed by employer, professor, or supervisor.)

Admissions Committee

The purpose of the Admissions Committee is to review the data submitted for entry into the doctoral program. Because selection is based on a composite evaluation, the committee will determine whether the applicant is accepted, deferred, or denied.

The Admissions Committee decision for acceptance or denial to the program is final and is not subject to appeal. The Admissions Committee is composed of selected doctoral faculty and alumni.

Appeal Procedure

All appeals in the doctoral program will follow the process below:

  1. Submit the issue of concern, in writing, to the Director of the Ed.D. program.
  2. If the candidate is not satisfied with the decision, the candidate can submit, in writing, the issue of concern to the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
  3. Once the concern is submitted to the AVP of Graduate and Continuing Studies, the AVP will take the issue to the Doctoral Council.

The Doctoral Council's decision is final.

Academic Load

In the doctoral program, the class loads per semester during fall or spring semester will range from five to ten hours in addition to dissertation hours (see Matrix). Candidates will take two courses totaling seven to nine hours during the Intensified Summer Learning Experience (ISLE).

Academic Standing and Probation/Suspension

Regardless of the load carried per semester, each candidate must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) to remain in good standing. If the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the candidate will be declared on academic probation for the following semester. Upon regaining the required cumulative average, 3.0, the candidate will be in good standing. However, if the candidate does not meet the cumulative average of 3.0 during the probationary semester, he/she will be declared on academic suspension for the subsequent semester and until reinstated by the Doctoral Council. Failure to maintain the dissertation completion schedule may result in suspension or academic disenrollment from the program.

Dissertation Advising

The Ed.D. Director, in concert with the Doctoral Council, seeks out University faculty who may have an interest or expertise in the areas in which the doctoral candidates conduct research. The Ed.D. Director carefully screens all potential advisors prior to submission to the Doctoral Council. The majority of advisors are full-time professors within the University academic units; however, advisors may also be selected from faculty in other universities or part-time faculty at TNU who hold the doctorate.

Each doctoral candidate will be assigned a dissertation team. The dissertation team consists of the advisor and one additional member who serves as a reader for the dissertation. The advisor is the primary member of the dissertation team. Individuals selected to serve as readers hold terminal degrees and/or have exceptional expertise or experience.

If a candidate requests the assigned advisor or reader be changed, the Doctoral Council will determine if the request should be granted. If the change is granted, the fees to be charged to the candidate are as follows: $350 for change in advisor; $150 for change in reader.

Candidates are expected to keep in touch with their advisor throughout each semester. Advisors may be reached at 615-248-1529 or (844) TNU-GRAD, e-mail, or voice mail.

Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree

To be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, the candidate must have successfully completed the first 18 semester hours of the program, have an unconditional approval of the dissertation proposal, and be recommended by the Ed.D. Director after faculty review of candidate's file, including dispositions and class attendance. The candidacy forms are provided by the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Grading System–Doctoral Program

The grading system for doctoral studies includes the letter grades A, B, C, D, and F for all courses except Dissertation and Technology. The grades of S or U will be assigned to the Dissertation and Technology. Courses with grades below B- or U must be retaken. A grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained for satisfactory academic progress. Grades of F or D will likely result in disenrollment. Incompletes are permitted only in the event of extenuating circumstances and with approval from the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Tuition and Fees

Any candidate who drops below half-time status (3 semester hours) for two consecutive semesters will be suspended from financial aid. This suspension will require the candidate to pay for at least three hours with his or her own resources before he or she can regain eligibility for aid. A candidate may appeal the suspension to the review committee.

Candidates must submit a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid for each academic year they are enrolled and want to receive federal loans. All candidates must contact the Office of Financial Aid if they want subsequent loans. Financial aid packets and additional information concerning financial aid may be obtained by calling the Office of Financial Aid at (615) 248-1427.

Tuition (57 semester hours, $699 per hour)


Technology fee (per course)


Each dissertation hour beyond 12 (per semester hour)


Course and Instructor Evaluation and Assessment

A Course and Instructor Evaluation is administered at the end of courses. Candidates are sent an online link to their Trevecca e-mail account. The evaluation period closes the day after the last class session. The evaluation is considered a personal assessment; therefore, discussion of any kind during the process should not occur. In order to maintain high quality instruction in all the classes, instructors receive the results of the evaluations after all grades have been submitted. Courses include several types of evaluative and assessment measures related to candidate progress.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation from the doctoral program, candidates must:

  1. Submit a graduation application by the required date.
  2. Be admitted to candidacy upon completion of 18 semester hours (see requirements under "Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree").
  3. Complete all requirements of the curricula.
  4. Maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  5. Repeat courses with grades below B-.
  6. Make up dissertation hours with a grade of "U."
  7. Successfully complete the dissertation defense and all other requirements pertaining to the dissertation.
  8. Satisfy all financial obligations to the University.

To participate in commencement, Ed.D. candidates must complete ALL requirements. Full payment for uploading of all dissertations must be paid in order to participate in commencement.