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Courses | Ed.D. in Educational Studies

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Curriculum Requirements (2020-21)

An advanced course in which students examine philosophical issues relevant to educational studies from a Christian worldview perspective. Emphasis is placed on enhancing critical thinking about educational issues primarily through the preparation of several critical book reviews suitable for publication.

Introductory study of educational research methods, research design and evaluation, and quantitative descriptive research and statistical analysis. Students learn skills for locating and evaluating empirical research and developing a literature review as part of a research proposal and receive an introduction to SPSS for descriptive statistical data analysis.

An introductory course on qualitative research design, data collection, and analysis methods, emphasizing rigorous quality control with a focus on educational settings, both formal and non-formal.

Addresses inferential research and data analysis. Students continue to develop skill in literature review work. Covers causal-comparative, correlational, and experimental research methods, and provides further training in SPSS for inferential statistical analysis.

An introduction to research method and relevant resources in biblical and theological studies to inform scholarly research of educational studies and discipleship practice. Students pursue integrative analysis related to their social science research interests to enhance their biblical and theological research competencies to be utilized in dissertation studies.

An introduction to and development of skills for rigorous and systematic inquiry into educational and ministry practice, and engaging in critical reflection and assessment with others in ways that can inform and shape leadership and organizational practice to more effectively accomplish purposes and goals.

A seminar serving as a capstone to the coursework phase of the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in educational studies, and a structure for completion of the final items of the required Candidacy Exam Portfolio, including an action research project related to the student's dissertation interests. Enrollment in this course constitutes full-time student status.


Students may enroll in TTDE 8960 for fall and spring terms for up to five terms, during which they are considered full-time students. A student must register for at least two terms of TTDE 8960 and must be enrolled in TTDE 8960, TTDE 8970, or TTDE 8980 the semester of graduation.

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