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Ed.D. in Educational Studies

Mission Statement

The mission of the doctoral programs in educational studies (Ph.D. and Ed.D.) of Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, is to mentor men and women with evident gifts of leadership and teaching in mind and character, within a Christian community of scholars and practitioners, to make contributions, from a distinctly Christian perspective, in scholarship for and in the practice of Christian educational studies and ministry within God’s Kingdom – as faculty and administrators in educational institutions, as leaders in ministry organizations, and as pastoral staff in local churches, throughout the world – in order to nurture the faith and maturity of children, youth and adults.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Education in Educational Studies, students will be able to:

1.Demonstrate competence and ethical practices in designing and carrying out sound field research to address local or institutional needs.ULO-1ULO-2ULO-3

Locate, analyze, critically evaluate, synthesize, and apply knowledge from the literature of the broad field of educational studies to address the needs of educational and ministry settings.


Demonstrate proficiency in carrying out biblical and theological research, integrating theological and social science data to inform and guide educational and ministry practice.


Demonstrate teaching abilities and skills suitable for higher educational settings.


Demonstrate the needed writing skills to communicate with both academic audiences and educational and ministry practitioners.


Give evidence of ongoing personal openness and spiritual responsiveness to God and a desire to continue to grow in relationship with God.


Curriculum Map

A Curriculum Map shows which courses in a degree program are responsible to intentionally develop each PLO at the Introductory, Developing, and Mastery levels.

Assessment Plan

An Assessment Plan is a listing of the student work that will be used to assess achievement of each learning outcome.

Assessment Schedule

An Assessment Schedule is a 5-year schedule that indicates when each of the PLOs will be assessed and when the comprehensive Program Review will occur.

Annual PLO Assessment Reports

The Annual Reports from each year’s PLO assessment.

Program Review Executive Summary

The Executive Summary report from the most recent comprehensive Program Review.