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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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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
Sep 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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
 
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
Sep 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 

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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
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 2022
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
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 - 6 semesters
Spanish
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
 
Catholic University of Santa Fe (Universidad Católica de Santa Fe UCSF)
Santa Fe, Argentina

To train qualified researchers in the field of educational research, in order to be able to formulate, develop, participate, and/or direct unpublished interdisciplinary resear ... +

To train qualified researchers in the field of educational research, in order to be able to formulate, develop, participate, and/or direct unpublished interdisciplinary research, which contributes to achieving a greater and better understanding of the problems inherent to the educational field for the benefit direct from students and educational systems. -
Doctor of Education
Spanish (Argentina)
Campus
 
Universidad Nacional De Tres De Febrero
Caseros, Argentina

The Interuniversity Education Doctorate Program (PIDE) is made up of three national universities in the Buenos Aires suburbs: the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTRE ... +

The Interuniversity Education Doctorate Program (PIDE) is made up of three national universities in the Buenos Aires suburbs: the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), the National University of Lanús (UNLa), and the National University of San Martín (UNSAM). Since 2008, its objectives include the training of academics, researchers, and specialized officials not only in the field of educational research, but also in the design of public policies to address school, university, and regional, national scientific-technological problems. and local. -
Doctor of Education
Spanish (Argentina)
Campus
 
Delaware State University College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS)
Dover, USA

Delaware State University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program prepares educational leaders for prominent leadership and service positions in school ... +

Delaware State University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program prepares educational leaders for prominent leadership and service positions in school districts and higher education sectors. This vibrant doctoral program aims to prepare culturally responsive, transformational senior-level administrative leaders, policymakers, and researchers who can design solutions across K-12 institutions, higher education institutions, and other educational and civic organizations. As innovative leaders, you will be able to impact the world of policy and practice to promote a positive school climate and ensure each student’s success. By joining this program, you will be envisioning the future of 21st-century educational institutions, interacting with curious minds, implementing cutting-edge research practices to develop a new vision of education for the diverse society. You will emerge as a change agent and reflective practitioner who can address diverse educational issues and lead sustainable change at district, state, and national levels. This program is deeply grounded in CAEP and NELP/ELCC standards. -
Doctor of Education
English
 
Texas A&M University Kingsville College of Arts and Sciences
College Station, USA

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a doctoral degree designed for leaders throughout the state at all educational levels. Courses emphasizing leadership in the areas of ph ... +

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a doctoral degree designed for leaders throughout the state at all educational levels. Courses emphasizing leadership in the areas of philosophical/sociological development, institutional organization, curriculum/instruction, school improvement, research, and statistics are required in the program. Additional emphasis will be provided as a cognate of advanced courses in a career choice of the candidate. The program is a joint doctorate in Educational Leadership between A&M-Kingsville and A&M-Corpus Christi, and students may attend classes on both campuses. Professors from both universities may serve as instructors and advisers for participants in the program. -
Doctor of Education
English
Campus
 
University of Michigan-Flint School of Education and Human Services
Flint, USA

The Ed.D. program at UM-Flint prepares you to become a confident, inspiring, and effective administrator in K-12 or higher education. Discover how our well-rounded program wil ... +

The Ed.D. program at UM-Flint prepares you to become a confident, inspiring, and effective administrator in K-12 or higher education. Discover how our well-rounded program will help you achieve your greatest goals. -
Doctor of Education
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of California Davis (UC Davis)
Davis, USA

The Capital Area North Doctorate in Educational Leadership program is designed to prepare exemplary educational leaders in schools, community colleges, and related educational ... +

The Capital Area North Doctorate in Educational Leadership program is designed to prepare exemplary educational leaders in schools, community colleges, and related educational capacities that reside in the greater Sacramento Valley, Bay Area, and Northern California. Graduates of this program are prepared to lead for change in educational environments that promote learning, equity, and achievement for all students -
Doctor of Education
English