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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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Tarleton State University
Stephenville, USA

Designed to meet the schedules of full-time professionals, our three-year, cohort EdD degree program for all levels of education offers a relevant, approachable and affordable ... +

Designed to meet the schedules of full-time professionals, our three-year, cohort EdD degree program for all levels of education offers a relevant, approachable and affordable education doctorate with online components. Through theory and practice, we prepare you to improve education by engaging multiple and diverse perspectives and building leadership capacity in yourself and others. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
3 years
English
Online
 
Meridian University
Petaluma, USA

Organizations around the world in various domains like education, business, civil society, and government are challenged by unprecedented complexity. What is demanded of organ ... +

Organizations around the world in various domains like education, business, civil society, and government are challenged by unprecedented complexity. What is demanded of organizational leaders now is often far beyond their current capabilities. Meridian's Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership has been developed to respond to this capability gap. The curriculum design enables students to cultivate an ecology of competencies in support of their own capabilities as leaders, as well as in coaching other leaders and consulting with teams and organizations. Students in this program work with faculty who are highly skilled practitioners and are deeply engaged in transformative projects. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
Part-time
30 - 42 months
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of San Francisco - School of Education
San Francisco, USA

Applying Research and Educational Psychology to Diverse Learning Environments

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Doctor of Education
Full-time
5 years
English
Campus
 

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University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom

Grow your expertise and put your research skills to work with a Professional Doctorate in Education from University of Stirling.

Grow your expertise and put your research skills to work with a Professional Doctorate in Education from University of Stirling. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
Part-time
36 - 96 months
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidad Ana G. Méndez - Recinto de Cupey
San Juan, Puerto Rico

All of our programs are duly licensed by the Puerto Rico Board of Education (CEPR) and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). At the undergrad ... +

All of our programs are duly licensed by the Puerto Rico Board of Education (CEPR) and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). At the undergraduate level (teacher preparation programs), we have the specialized accreditation granted by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
Part-time
Spanish
Jan 2023
Campus
 
Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Recinto de Gurabo
Gurabo, Puerto Rico

The Doctoral Program in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Environments is intended to prepare a professional with the theoretical and practi ... +

The Doctoral Program in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Environments is intended to prepare a professional with the theoretical and practical knowledge that will allow you to apply the principles and foundations of the curriculum in the design, implementation and evaluation of educational programs. The learning environments in this doctoral program provide an approach to the curricular aspects that affect the training of the curriculum specialist in the selected study environment. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Spanish
Jan 2023
Campus
 
Vytautas Magnus University - PhD Programmes
Kaunas, Lithuania

Applicants to doctoral studies in Agronomy Science Field are admitted through an open competition according to the chosen dissertation topic separately to each doctoral instit ... +

Applicants to doctoral studies in Agronomy Science Field are admitted through an open competition according to the chosen dissertation topic separately to each doctoral institution that has been granted the joint right of doctoral studies. Applicants can apply to no more than two different dissertation topics. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 6 years
English
Oct 2022
Campus
 
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
 
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 (Portugal)
Oct 2022
Campus
 
Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Los Angeles, USA +1 More

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program prepares students to work in a wide variety of leadership roles and to transform organizations for optimal success ... +

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program prepares students to work in a wide variety of leadership roles and to transform organizations for optimal success and growth. This program is ideal for current leaders looking to expand their career paths and rising executives who would like to advance their academic and professional goals. -
Doctor of Education
Full-time
42 months
English
Sep 2023
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online