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Belmont University’s Strategic Leadership in Education Ph.D. Earns Full Accreditation

The newly launched Strategic Leadership in Education (SLE) Ph.D. at Belmont University has received full accreditation status through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Belmont’s accrediting body. Housed in the College of Education, the program’s core courses are multidisciplinary and rooted in educational leadership theory and literature. Students will have the opportunity to select one of three concentrations in educational leadership, management and entrepreneurship, or faith and justice leadership.

“Helping communities flourish starts with education. Our new Ph.D. program is a tangible example of Belmont championing life abundant for our neighbors as we equip future leaders in education to make the world a better place. We are thrilled to receive this news and welcome our inaugural class this fall,” said Dean of the College of Education Dr. Jim McIntyre.

The program, which is offered predominantly online, will provide educational leaders with the tools they need to successfully confront the many organizational, political, fiscal and instructional challenges faced in today’s educational settings. Research-based and leadership-focused coursework will prepare students for advanced leadership and management roles in PreK-12 schools and districts, adult and higher education institutions, education-oriented foundations, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and government.

The SLE program is designed to accommodate working professionals, requiring 60 credit hours that can be completed part-time within four years. The hybrid schedule offers courses primarily online that are supplemented with one required three-day, on-campus session each semester.

Countless challenges impact students, families and communities, and SLE graduates will be well equipped to work towards solving complex problems within education. Unlike other programs in the nation, this doctoral program will set graduates up for success as both senior leaders in education-oriented organizations and as scholars in the field of educational leadership.

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