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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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Pepperdine University

The ELAP program prepares leaders in public & private (K-12) education to create and sustain powerful learning communities. This program offers a dynamic curriculum f ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Los Angeles
September 2019
Full-time
42 months
Online & Campus Combined
University of San Francisco - School of Education

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).... [-]

USA San Francisco
August 2019
Full-time
5 years
Campus
University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras

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

Our graduate programs in Education offer a Doctorate in Education degree with a specialty in Curriculum and Teaching with the following subspecialties:

Scientific EducationPhysical educationMathematics educationSpanishHistoryLearning TechnologyCurriculum Theory, Design and EvaluationEnglish as a Second LanguageGoals and Mission

The goals of the Program are covered by the Conceptual Framework of the Faculty of Education (2001), whose vision states that "the Faculty of Education Eugenio Maria de Hostos constitutes a dynamic and diverse learning community, committed to the highest values ​​of justice, democracy and peace ". Educators are conceived as protagonists and managers of knowledge in its diverse manifestations whose work is central in the transformation of multiple scenarios.... [-]

Puerto Rico San Juan
August 2019
Full-time
Campus
Grand Canyon University

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 sc ... [+]

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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USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale  + 1 More
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Universidad del Turabo

The Doctoral Program in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership serves the purpose of developing professionals with the theoretical and practical knowle ... [+]

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 ... [-]
Puerto Rico Gurabo
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus
Unicaf University (ZM)

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 k ... [+]

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.... [-]

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  + 25 More
Open Enrollment
Part-time
Campus
Online
Texas Tech University in the Hill Country

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Fredericksburg Marble Falls
January 2020
Full-time
96 - 99 hours
Campus
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

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 ... [+]

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... [-]
Portugal Vila Real
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
London South Bank University

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Part-time
5 years
Campus
University of Technology Sydney

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

Australia Sydney
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 8 years
Campus
University of Stirling

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 ... [+]

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).... [-]

United Kingdom Stirling
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
36 - 96 months
Online & Campus Combined
Universidade da Coruña

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 U ... [+]

Introduction

The Programme Doctorate 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.

Why study the degree

This Program seeks to respond to the existing need in today's society to focus education from the perspective of equity and innovation, justifying their interest and need in the following evidence:

The need to give continuity and offer ways of research specialization to the studies resulting from the new organization of the university system in Education, and more specifically:The studies of teacher education in Primary and Secondary Education, which after the recent reforms are called to give access and continuity in studies of second and third cycle; The studies of teacher training of Compulsory Secondary School, Baccalaureate, Vocational Training and Language Teaching, Other masters of educational specialization already existent in the participating universities. The realization of the need to promote research that addresses the problems of social and educational inequality present in our society and that are taking on new forms as a result of the social transformations of the country and the effects of a globalized economy and an increasingly fragmented society . The training of researchers prepared to detect, analyze, investigate and promote innovative educational processes committed to equity, social justice and inclusion is a highly complex challenge that forms the core of this program. In the same... [-]
Spain A Coruña
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Campus
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

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

The EdD (Dual Award) programme is unique in SouthEast Asia in drawing on the expertise in professional practice and research of two major higher education institutions, the National Institute of Education, Singapore, and the University of London's Institute of Education. Not only does it offer an international perspective on issues of professionalism and leadership in education but by bringing together a diverse student population from a number of countries and different areas of education, allows for a rich and lively learning environment. It is designed for experienced practitioners who would like to strengthen their professional expertise and develop competence in researching and assessing educational practice. These range from senior administrators in schools, higher educational institutes and governmental bodies to experienced teachers and academic staff in colleges and universities.... [-]

Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Alabama State University

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 educa ... [+]

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.

Course LPL 700 - Leadership Studies LPL 720 - Policy, Planning, and Change LPL 775 - Statistics and Research LPL 705 - Administrative Theory LPL 730 - Public Policy ... [-]
USA Montgomery
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Instituto Para La Calidad De La Educacion

The Doctorate in Education program is made up of academic studies based on research. Its purpose is to develop knowledge at the highest level. ... [+]

The Doctorate in Education program is made up of academic studies based on research. Its purpose is to develop knowledge at the highest level.

Graduate profile

The doctor in education, graduated from the University of San Martin de Porres has the following competences:

Directs multidisciplinary research and educational innovation groups and participates in them, using the knowledge and competences of the Sciences of Education, the Research Methodology and the related disciplines.He participates in teaching at all levels of the education system, particularly in postgraduate and continuing education programs, for which he develops new teaching-learning procedures appropriate to that level of education.Select designs and applies the learning assessment procedures and instruments that are adequate to assess the achievement of the objectives of their subject and obtain the necessary feedback for the improvement of the teaching - learning process.Directs teams and participates in processes of design, revision and modification of the curriculum of different levels and educational programs.Participates in the formulation, execution, evaluation and control of educational development policies and projects.Manage institutions, programs and educational processes with a high level of efficiency and effectiveness.Directs teams and actively participates in processes of accreditation, licensing and quality management of institutions and educational programs.Interprets in a rigorous sense the national educational reality and its historical projection in the context of its socio-economic, cultural and political formations, highlighting its own values.CurriculumAcademic degree... [-]
Peru Lima
March 2019
Full-time
6 semesters
Campus