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Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program prepares adult learners to become local, national, and global leaders who will effect positive change in a diverse and multicultural society. It provides opportunities to enhance the core knowledge, skills, and values essential to competent and ethical practitioners and leaders of educational organizations and related areas. Program learning outcomes focus on facilitating the transfer of theory into practice and instilling within graduates an in-depth knowledge and understanding of subject matter, applied research, professional ethics, and human development. Promoting critical thinking skills and lifelong learning through professional development are also key objectives of the curriculum.

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Concentration Courses

24 credits

Research Courses

12 credits

Elective Courses

6 credits

Applied Dissertation

12 credits


54 credits

Curriculum & Teaching

Skillfully provide direction in the development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum and teaching.

Early Childhood Education

Enhance your skills and knowledge on practices, policy, and research to lead and improve programs and services for young children. 

Educational Leadership

Improve K-12 schools, districts, and other learning environments through planning and research.

Elementary and Middle Grades STEM Education

Equip yourself with the expertise necessary to fill emerging career paths in STEM education.

Higher Education Leadership

Improve the academic and administrative performance of colleges and universities.

Human Services Administration

Gain critical skills in the administration, management, and policy development of human services agencies and programs.

Instructional Leadership

Create professional development activities that emphasize data-informed decision making  to improve instruction.

Instructional Technology and Distance Education

Lead education and training organizations in the improvement of teaching and learning using technology, especially at a distance.

Organizational Leadership

Develop new competencies for leading a successful organization in an increasingly complex world.

Reading Education

Transition from practitioner to scholar, applying the latest research in the field of literacy education. 

Special Education

Gain advanced knowledge and skills for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities as well as their families.

  • 16-week semesters
  • Multiple starts throughout the year (August, January, and May)
  • Blended courses include face-to-face instruction supplemented by online study
  • Online courses allow students to interact asynchronously in a virtual classroom
  • Week-long summer Conference on Global Leadership, Learning, and Research provides students with an intensive residency experience
  • 54 credit hours including coursework and dissertation
  • 11 concentrations to meet the needs of professionals in a variety of educational roles
  • Outstanding faculty and student-centered curriculum
  • An alumni network of more than 50,000 graduates that includes dozens of college and university presidents, hundreds of school superintendents, and thousands of educators in schools across the country and around the world

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