Deborah Van Ourkerk, Ed.D.
Department of Leadership and Administration
Dr. Deborah Van Ourkerk is a veteran educator with more than 30 years of teaching experience. Her work experience as well as her dissertation on literacy acquisition in at-risk students has given her invaluable literacy expertise. She has experience teaching grades K-12 and is the science department chair at her middle school.
As a GATE certified teacher, Dr. Van Ourkerk serves her campus as the district GATE representative. In addition, she is a member of the curriculum advisory committee that analyzes and promotes appropriate K-12 curriculum. She has has also served as summer school principal for six years.
Dr. Van Ourkerk is married with two grown children. They live in Southern California and enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, and playing tennis year round.
Doctorate in Education
Fielding Graduate University
Master's in Education
United Stated International University
Bachelor's in Education/Science
- Gifted and talented education
- Science education
- Literacy development in at-risk populations
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Doctor of Education
This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of a wide range of curriculum development and instructional methods that can improve teaching and learning in diverse educational settings.
Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Doctor of Education
This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of methods of instructional technology for a wide range of educational settings. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.
Ed.D. in Leadership Doctor of Education
The Doctor of Education in Leadership program is designed to help you advance your leadership and research skills within your chosen discipline, whatever that may be. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.
Ed.D. in Public Health Education Doctor of Education
Ed.D. in Second Language Instruction Doctor of Education
The Doctorate of Education in Second Language Instruction is designed for professionals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their second language instruction skills and knowledge at the post-master’s level. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.
Students will gain experience as a scholar practitioner with the necessary skills to utilize innovative curriculum, current technology, and instruction methods relevant to second language learners’ educational needs in a variety of professional settings. Students engage in scholarly research throughout the coursework to support their final dissertation at the end of their program.
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Master of Education
Designed to help you become a school principal, the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program will teach you to effectively lead, run, and manage a PreK-12 school.
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Florida Licensure Master of Education
The program is aligned with Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) for effective leadership and is designed to create culturally aware and competent administrators.
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education
M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership Master of Education
This degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to help other teachers reach their full potential. You’ll learn to interpret research on leadership models, teacher evaluation, and motivation, and use it to develop professional learning opportunities that promote continuous improvement
Certificate in Teacher Leadership Certificate
Developed to enhance professional skills, this program provides an opportunity for teachers to learn how to support other teachers through learning how to help them reach their potential in teaching.