The Best Doctor of Education

A Doctorate in Education, also known as an EdD, is the highest level professional degree in the field of Education. While both PhDs in Education and EdDs require in-depth scholarly research, EdDs differ from PhDs in that the emphasis is placed on the application of existing research, rather than the generation of original research. EdDs prepare doctoral students for high-level careers in educ… Read more

A Doctorate in Education, also known as an EdD, is the highest level professional degree in the field of Education. While both PhDs in Education and EdDs require in-depth scholarly research, EdDs differ from PhDs in that the emphasis is placed on the application of existing research, rather than the generation of original research. EdDs prepare doctoral students for high-level careers in educational leadership, government, administration and other institutional roles.

The first EdD was granted in the United States in 1921.  Since then, the degree has been adopted by several other countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, India, and Australia. In South Africa, EdDs are awarded as Doctor Educationis (DEd), following the Latin conventions of academic degrees.  In countries that offer EdD degrees, the award is generally equal to that of a PhD, though candidates may be required to hold professional experience prior to beginning an EdD or have different thesis requirements.  For instance, in the UK EdD theses are often shorter than those required for PhDs because EdD candidates complete coursework alongside their independent research requirements. EdDs are not offered at every university, and some universities choose to issue only EdDs, only PhDs or both degrees.

In most countries, EdD programs are designed to prepare candidates for administrative and leadership positions.  EdDs are often specialized in areas like psychology, policy, curriculum, and leadership. Students who complete an EdD can expect to work in positions related to education policy, and will be expected to use their expertise to solve problems and design initiatives.  EdD holders work in schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, private organizations and non-profit firms.

Are you an education student who would like to advance to a leadership position or work directly on policy and directives that shape education? If so, an EdD may be the best degree for your future.

Consider the EdDs listed below.  Click on ‘Read More’ to find out about each program and use the contact form to get more information about individual EdD degrees.

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University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras
San Juan, Puerto Rico

The mission of this doctorate is to facilitate the training of education professionals who contribute collaboratively in organizations and diverse contexts. To encourage gradu ... +

The mission of this doctorate is to facilitate the training of education professionals who contribute collaboratively in organizations and diverse contexts. To encourage graduated students to develop competences around research, creation, knowledge management and leadership that empowers them to generate transformative policies based on ethical, reflective, critical and respectful practices of human dignity. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
Spanish
Campus
 
University of San Francisco - School of Education
San Francisco, USA

Applying Research and Educational Psychology to Diverse Learning Environments

Applying Research and Educational Psychology to Diverse Learning Environments -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
5 years
English
Campus
 
Unicaf University (ZM)
Larnaca, Cyprus +14 More

The Doctorate of Education degree is aimed at experienced educational professionals and sets out to place you at the leading edge of your professional field in terms of knowle ... +

The Doctorate of Education degree is aimed at experienced educational professionals and sets out to place you at the leading edge of your professional field in terms of knowledge, awareness, and understanding. -
Doctor of Education
Part-time
English
Campus
Online
 
University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom

Our Doctorate in Education is an ideal development opportunity if you’re a senior education professional seeking to enhance and utilise your research expertise. Whatever your ... +

Our Doctorate in Education is an ideal development opportunity if you’re a senior education professional seeking to enhance and utilise your research expertise. Whatever your area of education – from schools, colleges and universities to professional, work-based and lifelong learning, or policy development – earning a Professional Doctorate will position you as a leader in your field. -
Doctor of Education
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
Part-time
36 months
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Vila Real, Portugal

The course has a broadband character, being the specialization obtained in the doctoral thesis. Its main objective is the production of knowledge through the realization of or ... +

The course has a broadband character, being the specialization obtained in the doctoral thesis. Its main objective is the production of knowledge through the realization of original research in the area of ​​Educational Sciences, from a fundamental or applied perspective. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
3 years
Portuguese
October 2020
Campus
 
University of Technology Sydney
Sydney, Australia

The Doctor of Education is designed to meet the needs of practitioners who wish to research some aspect of their field of practice. Candidates embark on high-level, practice-b ... +

The Doctor of Education is designed to meet the needs of practitioners who wish to research some aspect of their field of practice. Candidates embark on high-level, practice-based research into one of the areas of research strength in UTS: Education. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Universidade da Coruña
A Coruña, Spain

The Doctoral Program in Equity and Innovation in Education is promoted by the Universities of A Coruña, Cantabria, Oviedo, Santiago de Compostela and Vigo (Coordinating Univer ... +

The Doctoral Program in Equity and Innovation in Education is promoted by the Universities of A Coruña, Cantabria, Oviedo, Santiago de Compostela and Vigo (Coordinating University). It is oriented to the training of teachers and educational researchers from the perspective of equity and innovation. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Spanish
Campus
 
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

The Doctor in Education, Dual Award programme is designed for professionals who would like to extend their professional expertise and training and develop skills in research, ... +

The Doctor in Education, Dual Award programme is designed for professionals who would like to extend their professional expertise and training and develop skills in research, evaluation and reflection on practice. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Humboldt International University
USA Online, USA

The Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) prepares education scholars and leaders for the 21st century. The Ed.D. is focused on the development of educational environments and ai ... +

The Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) prepares education scholars and leaders for the 21st century. The Ed.D. is focused on the development of educational environments and aims to train doctoral students with a broad and solid multidisciplinary foundation, to understand the problem of creating and implementing new learning systems combining different kinds of learning deliveries. -
Doctor of Education
Part-time
36 months
English, Spanish
Online
 
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, USA

The Ed. D. degree program of study is designed to give students a broad conceptual framework in leadership theory and research.

The Ed. D. degree program of study is designed to give students a broad conceptual framework in leadership theory and research. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
30 semesters
English
Campus
 
Pepperdine University
Los Angeles, USA +3 More

Our doctoral program in learning technologies prepares students to leverage computer-based and networked technologies to engage with learners. It is ideal for people with a so ... +

Our doctoral program in learning technologies prepares students to leverage computer-based and networked technologies to engage with learners. It is ideal for people with a solid level of comfort using various forms of technology and social media. -
Doctor of Education
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
42 months
English
September 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Cardinal Stritch University
Milwaukee, USA

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) will prepare you to make significant contributions to your organiz ... +

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) will prepare you to make significant contributions to your organization and will help you become a transformational leader in higher education. -
Doctor of Education
Part-time
6 semesters
English
Campus
 
University of Redlands
Redlands, USA

The University of Redlands Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Justice (Ed.D.) is a nationally unique program, which engages approximately 20 students each year in the rig ... +

The University of Redlands Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Justice (Ed.D.) is a nationally unique program, which engages approximately 20 students each year in the rigorous study, debate, research, and practice. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Portsmouth, Dominica

Education is a broad domain with a number of specialty domains. These include such specializations as learning development and instruction, early childhood development, elemen ... +

Education is a broad domain with a number of specialty domains. These include such specializations as learning development and instruction, early childhood development, elementary and secondary education, special education, adult education, educational research, curriculum design, literacy studies, language education, mathematical studies, teacher education, and other specialties. -
Doctor of Education
Part-time
English
February 2020
Campus
 
Alabama State University The Harold Lloyd Murphy Graduate School
Montgomery, USA

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law will prepare professional educators to be part of a vanguard through the twenty-first century. These educators ... +

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law will prepare professional educators to be part of a vanguard through the twenty-first century. These educators will be provided with: the necessary knowledge of their subject; an understanding of our diverse culture; technological skills; critical thinking skills required to make informed decisions and implement change; and the ability to provide a just and ethical, accurate, and meaningful education for their students. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus