GRADUATE PROGRAMS

(For Admission Information see Graduate Admission Requirements listed under Online – Information for Prospective Students).

Masters in Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration program is truly a blend of the sophisticated academic world, the practical and technologically dependent career world, and the eternal world of Christian faith. Its enabling thrust is to develop in its students that rare level of discernment that is so much in demand, both globally and locally, and to give leadership and direction to many in the secular world who lack an ethical foundation from which to operate.

Classes are offered one night per week. The format is a concentrated continuous approach. Students are required to participate in learning team activities which are designed to enhance the learning process and the development of problem-solving skills. Learning teams must meet a minimum of four hours as assigned, and their activities are monitored by their professors.

Objectives of the Master of Business Administration Program

The Master of Business Administration program seeks to develop persons who can function successfully in upper middle management and top management positions. The emphasis is on strategic management concepts and principles. The M.B.A. program makes use of recent research findings, uses complex computer modes, stresses the importance of human relations skills, and integrates strategic management processes through a Christian worldview.

The following educational objectives are those of the M.B.A. program:

  • To provide a program which equips graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for obtaining employment in managerial positions and for advancing their careers.
  • To serve the business community by offering evening classes for executives who wish to enhance their management skills.
  • To provide a graduate education program which emphasizes a strong foundation in Christian ethics and worldview.
  • To assist managers and future managers in improving speaking, negotiating, and human relations skills.
  • To emphasize the use of technology in management by providing a computer-enhanced program.
  • To prepare students at the graduate level for integrating the major functional areas of business into the making of business policy.
  • To provide an opportunity for executives and future executives to apply theory to real-life business and industry situations.
  • To help managers develop a global perspective by providing a study of foreign political, technical, and economic structures in relation to business practices.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.B.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-.
  • Student will be required to pass successfully a comprehensive exam.
  • All credit applied toward the M.B.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.B.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

M.B.A.: 36 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 682, and 687.

MBA Concentrations

Students wishing to add a concentration (Health Administration, Human Resources, Leadership, or Sports Administration) within the MBA may do so at any point in the degree program prior to graduation. Each of the concentrations below when added to the MBA result in a total of 42 credit hours for the MBA and corresponding concentration.

MBA with Health Administration concentration – 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687, and MHA608, 646, and 668.

MBA with Human Resource concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687, and 9 hours from MSL 660, 661, 662 and 663.

MBA with Leadership concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687, MSL 630, 665, and 668.

MBA with Sports Administration concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687, and MSA 608, 646, and 668.


Masters in Health Administration

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.H.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-.
  • All credits applied toward the M.H.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.H.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

M.H.A. : 36 hours to include MSL 601, 630, 640, 660, 665, 686, MHA 608, 624, 643, 646, 668, 670.

M.H.A. Certificate : 9 hours from the following: MHA 608, 643, 646, and 668.


Masters in Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration degree program is a 36 semester credit hour graduate program designed to enhance the professional skills of public administrators and executives. The program is designed for adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in government, education, the not for profit sector, and other areas of their professional lives.

Designed to develop the individual's ability to comprehend internal and external social, legal, political, and economic forces as they affect the decision-making process within the organization, the program has been structured to serve holders of baccalaureate degrees in a variety of disciplines.

Objectives of the Master of Public Administration Program

  •  Practice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and strategic planning in a variety of organizations and environments.
  • Prepare to lead others in environments increasingly characterized by change and complexity.
  • Master principles of human behavior and motivation to maximize use of human resources.
  • Master key functional area skills in communications, human resources, accounting, governmental finance, economics, and public policy analysis.
  • Appreciate the trend to interdependency between local, state, and federal agencies and the need to continually update leadership principles and techniques.
  • Complete a significant hands-on project in a live organization and integrate the knowledge and skills from all courses taken.
  • Develop organizational-wide skills in structure, coordination, policy, and design of subunits.
  • Master methods of organizational change and development
  • Develop the ability to apply the most recent research and concepts emerging in management and leadership.
  •  Interact with executive level leaders from the community to identify current challenges and strategies available to address them.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.P.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • Students are allowed no more than two (2) C’s over the course of their MPA program.
  • Students will be required to pass successfully MPA 613 Management Research Methods- Project III.
  • All credits applied toward the M.P.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.P.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

M.P.A.: 36 hours to include MSL 601, MPA 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612 and 613.

M.P.A. with Human Resources Concentration: 42 hours to include MSL 601, MPA 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612 and 613, and 6 hours from the following: MSL 661, 662 and 663.


Masters in Science in Leadership

The Master of Science in Leadership degree program is a 36 semester credit hour graduate program designed to enhance the professional skills of business managers and executives. The program is designed for adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in business, education, church, and other areas of their professional lives.

Designed to develop the individual’s ability to comprehend internal and external social, legal, political, and economic forces as they affect the decision-making process within the organization, the program has been structured to serve both holders of baccalaureate degrees in business as well as other disciplines.

Objectives of the Master of Science in Leadership Program

The following are Executive Development Learning Objectives of the M.S.L. program:

  • Practice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and strategic planning in a variety of organizations and environments.
  •  Prepare to lead others in environments increasingly characterized by change and complexity.
  •  Master principles of human behavior and motivation to maximize use of human resources.
  • Master key functional area skills in marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, and economics.
  • Appreciate the trend to a global world and the need to continually update leadership principles and techniques.
  • Complete a significant hands-on project in a live organization and integrate the knowledge and skills from all courses taken.
  • Develop organizational-wide skills in structure, coordination, policy, and design of subunits.
  • Master methods of organization change and development.
  • Develop the ability to utilize the most recent tools and concepts emerging in management and leadership.
  • Interact with executive level leaders from the community to identify current challenges and optional strategies to address them.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.S.L. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-.
  • Students will be required to pass successfully MSL 670 Leadership Capstone.
  • All credits applied toward the M.S.L. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.S.L. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

M.S.L. : 36 hours to include MSL 601, 624, 630, 640, 643, 646, 658, 660, 665, 668, 670, 686.

M.S.L. with Human Resources concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, 624, 630, 640, 643, 646, 658, 660, 665, 668, 670, 686 and 6 hours from the following: MSL 661, 662 and 663.

M.S.L. with Ministry concentration - 36 hours to include MSL601, 630, 640, 658, 660, 665, 668, 670, and 686, and MIN 610, 620, and 630.

Certificate in Human Resources: 9 hours from the following: MSL 660, 661, 662 and 663.

Certificate in Leadership: 9 hours from the following: MBA 686, MSL 630, 665 and 668


Masters in Sports Administration

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.S.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-.
  • All credits applied toward the M.S.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.S.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

M.S.A. : 36 hours to include MSL 601, 630, 660, 665, 686, MBA 640, MSA 608, 624, 643, 646, 668, 670.

Certificate in Sports Administration: 9 hours from the following: MSA 608, 643, 646 and 668


GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

The Graduate School of Education Mission Statement

Educator as Servant Leader
Learning to Lead – Leading to Serve

The School of Education seeks to produce not only effective professional educators but also to develop concerned, compassionate educators who value each individual learner and who are dedicated to helping all students learn and reach her or his and fulfill God-given potential. The School of Education’s goal is the development of Teachers and Administrators as Servant Leaders, professionals committed to transforming teaching, learning, and schooling – professionals dedicated to leading and creating positive learning environments where all learners have the opportunity to gain knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, as well as cultivate the virtues and skills necessary to become productive and responsible citizens.

The faculty in the Belhaven School Graduate of Education believe that well-prepared teachers and administrators as professional educators are committed to the education profession and in helping to improve the educational environment and our schools. At Belhaven, we challenge individuals to stretch themselves as effective educators, to take the lead in their schools, develop a heart of service in their communities and to make a difference in the engagement and learning of all children, thereby having a positive impact on each child’s life.

Belhaven University has a long tradition of academic excellence in preparing teachers. Originally founded as a woman’s college, Belhaven’s first “professional degree” was in teacher education. Since that time, the University has produced thousands of teachers who have taught in Mississippi and other states throughout the United States, as well globally throughout the world.

Building on the University’s tradition, the Belhaven University Graduate School of Education now offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, three graduate Master’s of Education Degrees, an Education Specialist Degree in School Leadership and Supervision, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. All courses in each degree are offered online with optional on-ground Support Seminars. Courses are offered online during 8 week sessions, with Support Seminars offered on-ground the first, the fourth, and the seventh weeks of each session. Support Seminars take place on the Jackson, MS campus. When enrollment numbers warrant, Support Seminars may be offered at the DeSoto/Southaven, MS campus and/or at a location in the Gulfport, MS area.

The Master of Arts in Teaching has been designed to meet the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) requirements for Alternate Route Teacher Certification in the state of Mississippi.

The three Masters of Education (M.Ed.) include the:

  1.  Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed./C & I - Elementary and Secondary),
  2.  Master of Education in Reading Literacy (M.Ed./RL),
  3.  Master of Education in School Leadership and Supervision (M.Ed./ADM)

Each degree is designed to meet different educational leadership needs. The Master of Education meets the needs of professional teachers who already are certified and desire a graduate specialty or a leadership role in elementary or secondary education. The Master’s Degree in Reading Literacy (M.Ed./RL) is intended for those who hold a valid standard teaching license and are currently teaching in a school. The M.Ed./RL in reading can advance teachers into supervisory and leadership roles in education. The Master of Education in School Leadership and Supervision (M.Ed./ADM) is designed for those educators desiring to serve as school administrators. This degree is intended to lead to a Mississippi School Administrator’s Licensure.

The Graduate School of Education offers two Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees, one for those candidates who already hold a Master’s degree but are seeking school leadership and supervision roles leading to administrator’s licensure (Ed.S. licensure) while the other Ed.S. degree is for those who hold a Master’s degree and either do not desire to seek school administrator licensure or who already have a school administrator’s license (Ed.S. non-licensure). For those qualifying candidates who desire to continue in their plan of study and desire to earn an Ed.D. degree, both Education Specialist degrees encompass the core professional specialized courses (33 credit hours) that can be incorporated into Phase I of the Doctor of Education program.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership has been designed for the professional educator engaged in education and schooling. This degree program is dissertation-based and intended for practitioners who presently hold leadership roles in education or those who aspire to leadership positions of influence through appointments in elementary/secondary educational school settings.

While serving different audiences, all degree programs acknowledge the expertise, experience, and needs of adult learners. All programs foster inquiry into the nature of learning and the effects of teaching, transfer of theory to practice, self-directed learning and reflection, collegial interaction with peers, commitment to innovation and change, and the development of leadership skills and professional efficacy.

Belhaven offers a challenging educational experience for practicing and aspiring educators who desire to enhance their knowledge and skills. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing professional educators who can provide distinctive Christian leadership and service in the classroom, the school, and the community.

PROGRAM ALIGNMENT TO STATE AND NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

The Belhaven University Graduate School of Education has designed and developed its core curriculum for the M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership/School Administration and Supervision to address both the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the National Educational Leadership Preparation Standards for Building Level Leaders (NELP) , as well as align with the Mississippi Educator & Administrator Growth System . The NELP Standards, which are aligned to the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) serve a distinct purpose in that they provide specificity around performance expectations for beginning level building and district leaders. Whereas the PSEL standards define educational leadership broadly, the NELP standards specify what novice leaders and program graduates should know and be able to do as a result of their completion of a high quality educational leadership preparation program.

The Belhaven School of Education Conceptual Framework and Educator Preparation Provider Standards (BEPPS)

Serving as the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) for Belhaven University the Graduate School of Education’s Mission Statement is:

To prepare effective professional educators who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to all students, parents, and communities.

The conceptual framework and the Belhaven Educator Preparation Provider Standards (BEPPS) identified by the School of Education are the foundation for the EPP’s Quality Assurance Assessment System and reflect and inform candidate assessments of the following objectives:

BEPP Standard 1: Vision and Mission
The candidate supports and promotes, an academic and values centered, vision and mission to other teachers, staff, parents, and community to ensure that high quality teaching, learning, and schooling are implemented and continuous school improvement is taking place.

BEPP Standard 2: Knowledge of Content
The candidate assures that they utilize knowledge of content in creating learning opportunities that make subject matter meaningful and useful and promotes the growth and development of all students.

BEPP Standard 3: Learning Environments
The candidate promotes academic success and personal wellbeing of students by assuring that they design and manage learning environments that accommodate a diverse population, provide for individual differences, and enhance student learning and achievement.

BEPP Standard 4: Instructional Methods
The candidate, in cooperation with other school educators, selects and implements a variety of instructional methods & teaching strategies that develop students' critical thinking, problem solving, & performance skills.

BEPP Standard 5: Assessment
The candidate promotes appropriate and meaningful assessments and analyzes assessment data to monitor and document individual student learning, grade level growth, classroom, and school advancement in order to inform improvements in instruction, the impact on student learning, and school enhancement.

BEPP Standard 6: Professional Growth
The candidate employs the tools of self-evaluation and reflection and utilizes available resources to support professional growth as an educator and leader, to create a culture of professionalism and promote student learning, foster improved instruction, and be an advocate for school enhancement.

BEEP Standard 7: Professional Dispositions
The candidate integrates and exhibits the Christian worldview in building inclusive learning environments that address the needs, perspectives, and diversity among students, families, colleagues, and communities. The candidate manifests the ethical principles and dispositions of a Christian professional educator and is a role model both in and outside of the school building, the district, and the community.

Master of Arts in teaching – MAT

Master of Arts in Teaching - MAT
Leading to Mississippi Alternate Route Teacher Certification – MAT-Alt/Cert
EDU 501Measurement and Evaluation Strategies3
EDU 502Dimensions of Learning I3
EDU 503Dimensions of Learning II3
EDU 506Classroom Management and Organization3
Master of Arts in Teaching Mississippi Alternate Route Teacher Certification 4 Required Courses 12 Credit Hrs.
EDU 602Psychology of the Exceptional Child3
EDU 612Curriculum Planning and Organization3
EDU 621Assessing Student Learning3
EDU 622Teaching Reading and Math Skills3
EDU 625Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom3
EDU 628Advanced Instructional Strategies3
REA 617Reading in the Content Areas3
Courses for MAT Degree Completion 21 Credit Hrs.
Total33 Credit Hrs.

NOTE: Candidates seeking MS Alternate Route Teacher Certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements including passing all state testing requirements.


Master of Education – M.ED.

Master of Education – M.Ed.
Includes 24 Core Credit Hours Plus 9 Credit Hours in an Area of Emphasis for a Total MED Degree of 33 Credit
Required Core (24 credit hours)
EDU 600M.Ed. Orientation Seminar0
EDU 610Research Methods and Procedures3
EDU 612Curriculum Planning and Organization3
EDU 621 Assessing Student Learning3
EDU 623Technology in Education3
EDU 625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom3
EDU 628 Advanced Instructional Strategies3
EDU 630 Engaging Student Learners3
REA 617Content Area Literacy3
Areas of Emphasis – Candidates Choose One of Two Areas of Emphasis (9 credit hours)
M.Ed. – Area of Emphasis: Curriculum and Instruction - M.Ed./C&I (Elementary or Secondary: Pending Candidate’s Area of Initial Teacher Licensure)
EDU 624 Issues & Innovations in Education3
EDU 631 Individual Instruction for Children with Learning Problems3
EDU 636Supervision of Instruction: Collaborating for Accountability3
- or -
M.Ed. – Area of Emphasis: Educational Technology
EDU 641 Integrating Technology into the Curriculum3
EDU 642Using Technology to Assess Learning & Manage Data3
EDU 643 New & Emerging Technologies3
Total33 Credit Hrs

Master of Education – M.Ed. (School Leadership & Supervision - Administrator License)

Master of Education – M.Ed. ADM (School Leadership & Supervision – Leading to Mississippi School Administrator License)
Required Courses (33 credit hours):
EDU 644School and Community Relations3
EDU 645 Enhancing Curriculum & Instructional Capacity3
EDU 646School Law and Ethical Principles3
EDU 650 Leadership & Management for Effective & Efficient Schools3
EDU 655Equity and Cultural Leadership3
EDU 657Assessment for Continuous School Improvement3
EDU 667Operations and Fiscal Management3
EDU 669 Human Resource Leadership3
EDU 675 Instructional Leadership Comprehensive Paper3
EDU 677*Principal Internship6

Total33 Credit Hrs

*Once completing the courses for an M.Ed. Degree in School Administration leading to a Mississippi State Administrator’s License, candidates will be required to take and pass TheSchool Leaders License Assessment Exam(SLLA) as part of the EDU 677 Principal Internship course and as a condition for the degree completion and graduation .

NOTE: Candidates seeking administrator certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements. Completion of the Master of Education does not lead to nor does it guarantee licensure.

Master of Education in Reading Literacy – M.Ed.-R/L

Master of Education in Reading Literacy – M.Ed.-R/L
Required Courses (33 credit hours):
EDU 600M.Ed. Orientation Seminar3
EDU 610Research Methods and Procedures3
EDU 630 Engaging Student Learners3
EDU 612 Curriculum Planning and Organization3
REA 608Early Literacy Instruction3
REA 611 Literature and Literacy3
REA 617Content Area Literacy3
REA 622Teaching Reading Skills and Comprehension3
REA 627 Middle Grade Literacy (4-8)3
REA 629Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis, and Remediation3
REA 632Practicum in Reading3
EDU 625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom3

Total33 Credit Hrs

Candidates will be required to take and successfully pass theFoundations of Reading Test as a prerequisite to taking REA 632 and EDU625.

NOTE: Candidates seeking reading certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements. Completion of the Master of Reading does not lead to nor does it guarantee licensure.


Education Specialist – ED.S.

Education Specialist – Ed.S. Educational Leadership & Supervision – (Licensure)

Education Specialist Ed.S. Educational Leadership & Supervision - (Leading to Mississippi School Administrator License)*
Required Courses (33 credit hours):
EDU 744School and Community Relations3
EDU 745Enhancing Curriculum & Instructional Capacity3
EDU 746School Law and Ethical Principles3
EDU 750 Leadership & Management for Effective & Efficient Schools3
EDU 755Equity and Cultural Leadership3
EDU 757Assessment for Continuous School Improvement3
EDU 767Operations and Fiscal Management3
EDU 769Human Resource Leadership3
EDU 775 Educational Leadership Comprehensive Paper3
EDU 777* Principal Internship6

Total33 Credit Hrs

*Once completing the courses for an ED.S. Degree in School Administration leading to a Mississippi State Administrator’s License, candidates will be required to take and pass TheSchool Leaders License Assessment Exam(SLLA) as part of the EDU 777 Principal Internship course and as a condition for the degree completion and graduation .

NOTE: Candidates seeking administrator certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements. Completion of the Education Specialist Degree does not lead to nor does it guarantee licensure.

Education Specialist – Ed.S. Educational Leadership - (Non-Licensure)

Education Specialist Ed.S. Educational Leadership – (non-licensure)*
Required Courses (33 credit hours):
EDU 766Quality Assurance Assessment Systems3
EDU 768Leadership in the Educational Organization3
EDU 770School Leadership & Public Relations3
EDU 771Advanced School Law & Ethics3
EDU 772School Organization Analysis3
EDU 773 Leadership for School Conflict Resolution3
EDU 774Trends & the Future in Elementary/Secondary Education3
EDU 775Educational Leadership Comprehensive Paper3
EDU 776Politics of Educational Change3
EDU 778Historical & Philosophical Perspectives on Educational Practices3
EDU 779Contemporary & Global Considerations in Education3

Total33 Credit Hrs

* Up to 33 credit hours from the Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) - MS Administrator Licensure may be applied to the Doctorate of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership for those candidates who qualify and desire to continue in the program to earn their Ed.D.

Hours to be transferred from an Ed.S. degree other than School Administration will be evaluated on an individual basis for consideration to be applied to the Ed.D.

Graduation Requirements – Masters and Education Specialist Degree Programs
  • Successful completion of the degree curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • No more than two C or C+ grades are permitted in the course of the program.
  • Once two C’s are earned, a student must repeat any subsequent course in which he/she earns a grade of C or below.
  • Graduate education candidates are required to successfully complete all course Artifacts and the Comprehensive Capstone Paper in order to confirm the knowledge base gained during the course of their plan of study by articulating and demonstrating their ability to critically reflect, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize the content and applied in education and schooling today. . See the Graduate School of Education Handbook for specific requirements.
  • Candidates in the M.Ed./RL program are required to take and pass the Foundations of Reading Testas a condition for the degree completion and graduation .

· Candidates in the M.Ed. /ADM or Ed.S. (licensure) program in School Administration leading to a Mississippi State Administrator’s License will be required to take and pass TheSchool Leaders License Assessment Exam(SLLA) as part of the EDU 677 or EDU 777 Principal Internship course and as a condition for the degree completion and graduation .

  • All credit applied toward the degree must have been completed within five years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within five (5) years of matriculation in Belhaven’s program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

Doctor of Education – ED.D.

Ed.D. Information and Requirements

  • Candidates will be assigned a Graduate School of Education faculty professor to serve as their advisor and Dissertation Committee Chairperson.
  • All courses are offered in an online format. However, candidates will be required to attend three (3), Residency sessions lasting from 1 to 3 days, hosted on the main Belhaven University Jackson campus.
  • During Residency Sessions, special rates will be arranged with a local hotel for candidates needing overnight accommodations.
  • All courses must be completed with a letter grade of B or better.
  • Candidates will be required to complete all courses in Phase I: Professional Specialized Courses before they may advance in the program.
  • *NOTE: up to 33 credit hours in Phase I will be evaluated and may be transferred into the program from an

Education Specialist in School Administration degree.

Hours to be transferred from an Ed.S. other than School Administration will be evaluated on an individual basis.

  • EDU 775: Educational Leadership Comprehensive Paper will serve as the candidate’s comprehensive program evaluation; there is no Comprehensive Examination requirement.
  • Before a candidate can progress and begin the Dissertation hours, he/she will be required to successfully complete Transition Phase II: Pre-Dissertation by attending Residency 1 (R1) on the main Belhaven University Jackson campus by completing courses, EDU 700, EDU 701, & EDU 703.
  • Candidates will have a seven year (7) timeframe in which to complete their plan of study, as well as defend their Dissertation. The seven year time begins upon the candidate’s date of successful completion of their first course in the Professional Specialized Phase I.
  • Candidates will be responsible for and required to follow all information found in the Belhaven University Graduate School of Education Doctoral Handbook found on the University’s Blazenet online site.

Program Distinctives

  • The program has been designed for the educational practitioner. Consideration has been given in developing the program in order to be user friendly for those professional teacher adult learners currently holding school positions and having family obligations.
  • All courses are offered online with three, one to three day Residency requirements: (R1), (R2), and (R3).
  • Courses are taught by professional experienced educational leaders holding Doctorate Degrees in Education (Ed.D) or Doctorates of Philosophy (Ph.D.), who are Christians, and have been teachers and/or administrators in public/private schools/higher education and/or are currently involved in public/private schools/high education institutions.
  • Courses are taught from a Christian worldview perspective.
  • The program is accredited the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges SACS-COC.
  • The program has been designed to address and meet the most current national administrator standards of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards as well as the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) draft standards for advanced programs.

Candidates admitted to the Ed.D. program will be required to complete Four (IV) Transition Phases in the course of their degree program. The four Transitional Phases include three (3) Residency requirements. Residencies are only one, two or, three days in length.

  • Phase I: Candidates complete their Professional Specialized Courses.* No residency requirement
  • Phase II:Pre-Dissertation Phase – An Introduction to Developing the Dissertation - Residency 1 (R1) – 2 days.
  • Phase III: Candidates complete their Statistics & Research Design Courses No residency requirement.
  • Phase IV:Dissertation Phase - Residency 2(R2) -3 days and Residency 3 (R3) -1 to 2 days.

Up to 33 credit hours from the Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) - MS Administrator Licensure may be applied to the Doctorate of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership for those candidates who qualify.

Hours to be transferred from an Ed.S. degree other than School Administration will be evaluated on an individual basis for consideration to be applied to the Ed.D.

Doctor of Education – Ed.D. Educational Leadership – (Licensure)

Doctor of Education Ed.D. Educational Leadership – (Licensure)
Phase I – Required Courses (33 credit hours):
Required Courses (33 credit hours):
EDU 744School and Community Relations3
EDU 745Enhancing Curriculum & Instructional Capacity3
EDU 746School Law and Ethical Principles3
EDU 750Leadership & Management for Effective & Efficient Schools3
EDU 755Equity and Cultural Leadership3
EDU 757Assessment for Continuous School Improvement3
EDU 767Operations and Fiscal Management3
EDU 769Human Resource Leadership3
EDU 775Educational Leadership Comprehensive Paper3
EDU 777Principal Internship6
Phase II – Pre-Dissertation Phase (First Residency – R1(3 Day Residency Required Attendance on Campus)
Required Courses (6 credit hours):
EDU 700R1) Ed.D. Orientation Seminar1
EDU 701R1) Advanced Christian Worldview3
EDU 702R1) Enhanced Writing for Scholarship2
EDU 785R1) Leadership Comprehensive Paper*3
*Leveling course required of those coming into the program with 30 credit hours from an Ed. D.S. Degree.
Phase III – Statistics & Research Design Phase Required Courses (9 credit hours):
EDU 705Research Design & Methods3
EDU 710Research Statistics3
Choose 1 of 2 Advanced Research Design Courses
EDU 712Advanced Quantitative Statistical Designs3
EDU 716Advanced Qualitative Research Methods3
Phase IV – Dissertation Phase (Second Residency – R2 & R3) Required Courses (12 credit hours):
EDU 780R2) Dissertation Seminar (3 Day Residency Required Attendance on Campus)3
EDU 781 Development of Chapters 1 & 2 – Proposal Phase3
EDU 782Development of Chapter 3 – Method Phase3
EDU 783Development of Chapters 4 & 5 – Research & Results Phase3

R3) Dissertation: The Oral Defense (1 to 2 Day Residency Required on Campus)0

Total60

Doctor of Education – Ed.D. Educational Leadership – (Non-Licensure)

Doctor of Education Ed.D. Educational Leadership – (Non-Licensure)
Phase I – Required Courses (33 credit hours):
EDU 766Quality Assurance Assessment Systems3
EDU 768Leadership in the Educational Organization3
EDU 770School Leadership & Public Relations3
EDU 771Advanced School Law & Ethics3
EDU 772School Organization Analysis3
EDU 773Leadership for School Conflict Resolution3
EDU 774Trends & the Future in Elementary/Secondary Education3
EDU 775Educational Leadership Comprehensive Paper3
EDU 776Politics of Educational Change3
EDU 778Historical & Philosophical Perspectives on Educational Practices3
EDU 779Contemporary & Global Considerations in Education3
Phase II – Pre-Dissertation Phase (First Residency – R1(3 Day Residency Required Attendance on Campus)
Required Courses (6 credit hours):
EDU 700R1) Ed.S. & Ed.D. Orientation Seminar1
EDU 701R1) Advanced Christian Worldview3
EDU 702R1) Enhanced Writing for Scholarship2
EDU 785R1) Leadership Comprehensive Paper*3
*Leveling course required of those coming into the program with 30 credit hours from an Ed. D.S. Degree.
Phase III – Statistics & Research Design Phase Required Courses (9 credit hours):
EDU 705Research Design & Methods3
EDU 710Research Statistics3
Choose 1 of 2 Advanced Research Design Courses
EDU 712Advanced Quantitative Statistical Designs3
EDU 716Advanced Qualitative Research Methods3
Phase IV – Dissertation Phase (Second Residency – R2 & R3) Required Courses (12 credit hours):
EDU 780R2) Dissertation Seminar (3 Day Residency Required Attendance on Campus)3
EDU 781Development of Chapters 1 & 2 – Proposal Phase3
EDU 782Development of Chapter 3 – Method Phase3
EDU 783Development of Chapters 4 & 5 – Research & Results Phase3

R3) Dissertation: The Oral Defense (1 to 2 Day Residency Required on Campus)0

Total60

Graduation Requirements
  • Successful completion of the degree curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • No more than two C or C+ grades are permitted in the course of the program.
  • Once two C’s are earned, a student must repeat any subsequent course in which he/she earns a grade of C or below.
  • Graduate education candidates are required to successfully complete all course Artifacts and the Comprehensive Capstone Paper in order to confirm the knowledge base gained during the course of their plan of study by articulating and demonstrating their ability to critically reflect, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize the content and applied in education and schooling today. . See the Graduate School of Education Handbook for specific requirements.

· Candidates in the M.Ed.-R/L program are required to take and pass the Foundations of Reading Test.

  • All credit applied toward the degree must have been completed within five years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within five (5) years of matriculation in Belhaven’s program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.