Doctor of Education

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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 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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Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Humboldt International University
Online Part time 36 months March 2019 USA USA Online

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. [+]

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.

Students conduct cutting-edge studies that address the most pressing issues in education. Upon completion of the program, graduates can take positions as university faculty, senior-level educational leaders, and policymakers.

Program Objectives

TrainingPrepare doctoral students for the design and implementation of new learning environments and highly effective educational systems.... [-]


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy (EdD) (ELAP)

Pepperdine University
Online & Campus Combined Full time 42 months September 2019 USA Los Angeles

The ELAP program prepares leaders in public & private (K-12) education to create and sustain powerful learning communities. This program offers a dynamic curriculum focusing on action research, continuous improvement and developing culture. [+]

Pepperdine University GSEP does not offer full scholarships. You can read more about the available opportunities for new students here. Pepperdine University GSEP also offers graduate assistance, teaching assistance, and research assistance opportunities. GSEP does not provide tuition reimbursements. Creating a Better Educational Future

The ELAP program prepares leaders in public & private (K-12) education to create and sustain powerful learning communities. This program offers a dynamic curriculum focusing on action research, continuous improvement and developing culture.

Program Overview

Designed for educational leaders in public & private (K-12) education from around the globe who serve and/or aspire to serve in dynamic leadership roles at school sites, district and county offices of education. Its 60/40 hybrid learning format engages students in both face-to-face and online learning environments. Face-to-face meetings are held in four-day intense sessions five times over each academic year; online learning engages students in innovative and dynamic learning in between the face-to-face sessions. Weekend sessions are held at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.... [-]


Doctorate Degree

The School of Management and Research
Online & Campus Combined February 2019 United Kingdom Cardiff

This programme is intended for professionals and practitioners in management and diverse fields of practice who are able to draw on their professional work experience as a part of their Ph.D. qualification. [+]

EdD 2019.

Located in a city known for culture, diversity, fascinating history of over 2000 years, language, education and sporting institutions, the School of Management & Research is delighted to know that you are interested in registering with us for your Doctorate degree.

This programme is intended for professionals and practitioners in management and diverse fields of practice who are able to draw on their professional work experience as a part of their Ph.D qualification.

Practice-led research is one that allows you to incorporate your practice into your research; it legitimizes the knowledge and method that are characteristic of your discipline.... [-]


Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning

Grand Canyon University
Campus Full time September 2019 USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale + 2 more

Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning degree is designed for learners interested in andragogy scholarship and teaching master’s and doctoral programs to other educators. [+]

Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning degree is designed for learners interested in andragogy scholarship and teaching master’s and doctoral programs to other educators. Students will learn to excel in teaching with the advanced ability to study industry trends, implement new effective teaching strategies based on original research and apply findings to foster greater classroom success at the collegiate and adult levels.

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Ed.D. in Learning and Instruction

University of San Francisco - School of Education
Campus Full time 5 years August 2019 USA San Francisco

Applying Research and Educational Psychology to Diverse Learning Environments [+]

The Learning and Instruction Department offers exciting and unique programs at the doctoral level.

Learning and instruction is the application of psychological principles and concepts to solve problems in educational and training settings. Individual differences, cognitive and social development, learning and motivational theory, instructional design, classroom teaching and management, and assessment are common topics addressed in the program.

Learning and Instruction Doctoral Program (Ed.D.)

Applying research and educational psychology to diverse learning environments.

Visit our website here to learn more about this program The program provides working professionals with the research skills and core content to make use of and contribute to the knowledge base in learning and instruction. Using the latest technology to assist in instructional delivery and support, coursework focuses on learners and learning, instructional settings, research skills, and special education. There is also an option to obtain a Concentration in Special Education or a Concentration in Digital Technology for Teaching and Learning (nine credits).... [-]


Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Organisational Change and Leadership

Unicaf University (ZM)
Online Campus Part time Open Enrollment Cyprus Larnaca USA New York Greece Athens Romania Bucharest United Kingdom London Egypt Cairo Ghana Accra Malawi Lilongwe Mauritius Port Louis Kenya Nairobi Nigeria Lagos Somalia Mogadishu Zambia Lusaka Jordan Irbid Cyprus Online + 27 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 knowledge, awareness, and understanding. [+]

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.

The EdD is for those who are eager to make substantial and original contributions to the development of educational knowledge in a broad range of educational settings including K-12 schools, colleges, universities and governmental organizations.

Delivered through a blend of online interactions and real-world experiences, the EdD program allows students to continue working full time while pursuing a degree that will distinguish them as organizational leaders. Students will explore how learning occurs in formal and informal workplace settings, examine effective strategies for facilitating organizational learning, and learn to create systems that produce more effective, adaptable and competitive organizations.... [-]


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Texas Tech University in the Hill Country
Campus Full time 96 - 99 hours January 2019 USA Fredericksburg Marble Falls + 1 more

The program's primary focus is the preparation of leaders who are reflective professionals developing a vision and acquiring skills to reform, renew, and improve schools and school systems that cultivate democratic learning communities that value social justice and equity. [+]

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Texas Tech University's Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare key leaders in school districts and college or university faculty. The program's primary focus is the preparation of leaders who are reflective professionals developing a vision and acquiring skills to reform, renew, and improve schools and school systems that cultivate democratic learning communities that value social justice and equity.

Program Overview

The Program is designed to prepare executive school leaders who can identify and implement research-based solutions to high-leverage problems of practice within a PreK-12 school district context. In a three-year sequence of defined courses concluding with a problem of practice dissertation, participants will deepen their abilities to lead instructional change, identify problems of practice, and implement interventions in their local educational organizations to improve student achievement.... [-]


EdD in Educational Leadership

Universidad del Turabo
Campus Full time Part time 3 years January 2019 Puerto Rico Gurabo + 1 more

The Doctoral Program in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership serves the purpose of developing professionals with the theoretical and practical knowledge that allow the application of the organizational processes and the theories of leadership that promote the development of strategies, mental habits, and values ​​for creative and highly effective leadership in the educational enterprise. [+]

Description

The Doctoral Program in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership serves the purpose of preparing professionals with the theoretical and practical knowledge that allow the application of organizational processes and the theories of leadership that promote the development of strategies, mental habits, and values for creative and highly effective leadership within the educational enterprise.

Curriculum

Social Context Courses

EDUC 714 Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Education EDUC 715 Social, Cultural and Political Dimensions of Educational Organizations EDUC 716 Contemporary Problems and Trends in Education EDUC 717 Legal Aspects of Education EDUC 718 Ethics and Education ... [-]

Doctorate in Education EdD

University of Stirling
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 36 - 96 months January 2019 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

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. [+]

Overview

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.

Our Doctorate in Education is tailored to the needs of busy professionals and combines an excellent grounding in research methods and educational theory with the opportunity to put your research to work in improving professional policy and practice.

You’ll work towards your EdD either full or part-time under the guidance of expert teachers who have helped to secure the University’s reputation as one of the top 10 in the UK for Education studies (The Complete University Guide 2019).... [-]


Professional Doctorate in Education with special focus on sustainability, equality and diversity - EdD

London South Bank University
Campus Part time 5 years January 2019 United Kingdom London

The Doctorate in Education is a unique opportunity for experienced professionals to gain a practice-focused higher degree. The EdD engages with education in its broadest sense across the age range from early years to adulthood. It is relevant to all educational settings and students come from a range of backgrounds beyond traditional education, such as the charity sector, prison, and social work. [+]

The Doctorate in Education is a unique opportunity for experienced professionals to gain a practice-focused higher degree. The EdD engages with education in its broadest sense across the age range from early years to adulthood. It is relevant to all educational settings and students come from a range of backgrounds beyond traditional education, such as the charity sector, prison, and social work.

Hear from current students, Janine FitzGerald and Andrew Read:

Participants with an interest inequality, diversity, sustainability and inclusion (themes within the realm of social justice) will gain much from working with a diverse group of peers and tutors from a range of backgrounds. Everyone associated with the EdD shares a commitment to the notion of social justice, which underpins our work in education and broader research at LSBU. The close association between the University Research Centres, LSBU's Doctoral Academy, and masters programmes provides opportunities to work with like-minded research-active peers within a lively and supportive learning community.... [-]


Doctorate in Educational Sciences

Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Campus Full time 3 years October 2019 Portugal Vila Real

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. [+]

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.

It also has the following objectives:

provide the continuity of the training offered up to now by the DEP at the level of the 1st and 2nd Cycle of training;promote critical reflection on the daily practice of educators / teachers at various levels and in the fields of education and teaching and other education professionals;identify, substantiate and disseminate good practice;stimulate cooperation between UTAD and other educational institutions in the region;promote national and international cooperation in the field of research in Educational Sciences... [-]

Doctor of Education

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8 years January 2019 Australia Sydney + 1 more

The Doctor of Education is designed to meet the needs of practitioners and professionals 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. [+]

The course caters not only for students committed to an academic path, but for senior practitioners from public and private sectors who wish to study and undertake research at the highest level.

The purpose of the course is to enhance the practitioner's capacity to question, analyse, critique and develop their profession and its practices. It is a research degree whose purpose is to assist professionals to develop a relationship between research and their professional activities, in areas such as policy development and appraisal, innovation and administration.

Career options include leadership roles in the education field as a principal, manager, planner, policy adviser, teacher or trainer, in a government, industrial, commercial or community setting.... [-]


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision

Marymount University
Campus Full time September 2019 USA Arlington

Marymount University now offers the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision to prepare individuals holding a master’s degree in Counseling for leadership positions... [+]

Counselor Education & Supervision (Ed.D.)

Are you ready to move your counseling career forward as an advanced clinician or supervisor? Or perhaps you're interested in becoming an educator or researcher in a university setting. Marymount University now offers the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision to prepare individuals holding a master’s degree in Counseling for leadership positions in universities, mental health agencies, and schools.

This program supports Marymount’s commitment to the training of counseling professionals who uphold the highest ethical standards, proficient in and sensitive to the needs of multicultural populations. The Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision will enable you to gain the advanced clinical and supervisory skills needed to serve diverse populations.... [-]


Ph.D. or Ed.D. In Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Services

Cardinal Stritch University
Campus Part time 6 semesters June 2019 USA Milwaukee

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service provides advanced study in leadership that prepares graduates to make significant contributions to their organizations and communities. [+]

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service provides advanced study in leadership that prepares graduates to make significant contributions to their organizations and communities.

The program is designed for professions with present or emerging leadership responsibilities in a variety of learning communities: universities, colleges, business and industry, healthcare institutions, community organizations, social services, unions, libraries, government agencies, vocational education, staff training programs, consulting organizations, international agencies, as well as K-12 public, private and parochial schools. Participants share a common interest in leadership and may use their own work sites as a focus of graduate study. In essence, the program is designed to facilitate the development of effective leaders across a broad community.... [-]


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Educational Leadership, Policy & Law

Alabama State University The Harold Lloyd Murphy Graduate School
Campus Full time 3 - 8 years August 2019 USA Montgomery

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. [+]

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.

The program is offered exclusively in a cohort format. The elite group of students selected to begin each fall will progress through their coursework together. The first year of the program focuses on didactic coursework. The second-year combines didactic coursework with field-based internships. The final year of the program focuses on independent research, with results to be published in the form of a dissertation.... [-]