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Doctor of Education (EdD)
The Doctor of Education degree program is designed for professionals who seek to lead improvements in practice within educational organizations. You will integrate conceptual constructs into your considerations of complex professional problems. Additionally, you will develop strategies, tactics, and policies, not only to improve practice and ensure regulatory compliance, but also with attention to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and ethical behavior.
Learn to Lead the Future of Education
In this program, you can choose from 17 specializations, including Curriculum and Teaching, Early Childhood Education, Trauma-Informed Educational Practices, and English Language Learning. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to recommend policies advancing equity and social justice in educational organizations; select ethical and regulatory compliant actions supporting the mission and vision of organizations; develop leadership skills through the integration of conceptual constructs with professional practice; create strategic and tactical plans to improve organizations; and construct theory-informed decisions for addressing complex problems of practice.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Curriculum and Teaching
The Curriculum and Teaching specialization builds on your fundamental teaching and learning skills by providing the knowledge and professional competencies to enhance your instructional practice and leadership. The coursework provides a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies allow you to explore, develop, and assess contemporary teaching practices, including the evaluation of broader curriculum programs.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in E-Learning
The E-Learning specialization is designed for professionals who want to harness technology to improve educational opportunities and practice. The program integrates curriculum development, instructional design, and course delivery using technology and online learning management systems. Coursework provides a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies provide a knowledge base of current research for the planning and implementation of teaching and delivery methods using instructional design techniques that incorporate educational media.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Early Childhood Education
In the Early Childhood Education specialization, you’ll build on your knowledge and skills in educational leadership by examining the latest research and findings on the growth and development of young children. Coursework provides a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies focus on curriculum, assessment, program administration, and the roles of families and communities in early childhood education.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in English Language Learning
The English Language Learning (ELL) specialization prepares professionals to become advanced practitioners and leaders in the field. Coursework provides a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies examine the latest teaching practices, assessment, and curriculum development for English language learners. In the final course, you’ll consider significant issues in ELL education, one of which may inspire your dissertation. Please note: if you’re seeking ELL/ESL certification, you should verify with state officials that this specialization meets applicable requirements.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in General Education
The General Education specialization allows you to select courses from a range of electives to fit your personal and professional goals. Core coursework provides a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies (12 credit hours) allow you to focus on topics of your choosing. You may select education courses at the 7000 or 8000 course-level, and up to two of these courses may be taken from other fields, i.e., psychology, technology, or business. With dean approval, you may even consider additional courses (more than two) from other disciplines to fulfill this requirement.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Instructional Leadership
The Instructional Leadership specialization provides education professionals with a strong background in instruction supervision and the ability to assess and interpret data. Core coursework provides a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies focus on building a culture of learning, supervising curriculum, improving organizational practices, and initiating educational innovation.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in International Education and Globalization
The International Education and Globalization specialization prepares professional practitioners to apply the concepts of organizational training, development, and leadership to programs and institutions within different societies and cultures. The coursework provides you with a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies focus on practices and challenges within international education; conflict and mediation in diverse environments; and equity, inclusion, and social justice in a global context.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership in Higher Education
The Leadership in Higher Education specialization prepares professionals for leadership in a variety of higher education institutions, including public, private, for-profit, and non-profit. The foundational coursework provides you with an in-depth understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies explore leadership across a variety of functions and considerations, such management and supervision, strategic planning and operations, legal issues, and financial concerns.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership in Learning Analytics in Higher Education
The Learning Analytics in Higher Education specialization prepares you for leadership in the ever-growing field of learner data and analytics. In addition to foundational coursework in research methods, statistics, and data analysis, the specialty studies explore the history of data analytics, key theories, current issues, best practices, and analytics applications in higher education. You’ll master the proper identification, utility, and application of relevant data, and you’ll learn how to build institutional capacity and drive improvement by effectively employing learning analytics to educational outcomes.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership in Learning Analytics in K-12 Education
The Learning Analytics in K-12 Education specialization immerses you in the growing field of educational learning analytics. In addition to foundational coursework in research methods, statistics, and data analysis, the specialty studies explore the history of data analytics, key theories, current issues, best practices, and K-12 analytics applications. You’ll study the difference between academic and learning analytics, and examine the role technology and data mining play in both. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to identify and apply relevant data in the K-12 educational environment, such as demographics, academic ability, student engagement measures, financial aid, technology and online measures, etc.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Nursing Education
The Nursing Education specialization prepares educators and leaders for professional roles in nursing education. The foundational coursework provides an in-depth understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies focus on instructional theory, evidence-based practices, evaluation methods, and the use of technology in nursing education.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership
The Organizational Leadership specialization prepares professionals for leadership roles within educational organizations by providing the tools necessary to make things happen. The program is grounded in applied research and explores issues, practices, and resolutions in contemporary organizations. Coursework provides a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies focus on strategies for conflict resolution, building capacity, change management, and inspiring a shared vision.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in School Safety, Security, and Emergency Management
The School Safety, Security, and Emergency Management specialization provides K-12 professionals, emergency management, and district management personnel the skills and tools to keep schools safe and secure for students, teachers, and the learning process. Program coursework provides you with a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies focus on technologies for managing safety, security, and emergencies; threat assessments of people and facilities; restorative justice and other alternatives to student discipline; and ways to implement and improve school safety plans.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Social-Emotional Learning
The Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) specialization provides education professionals, advanced classroom teachers, school counselors or psychologists, and administrators with an intensive examination of the five core competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness. Program coursework provides you with a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies examine CASEL competencies and their application across schools, classrooms, homes, and communities.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Special Education
The Special Education (SE) specialization is designed for professionals who work with gifted and disabled students in a variety of settings. The program covers a spectrum of related issues, including the development and characteristics of students, learning differences, and instructional strategies that address these special needs. Foundational coursework provides an in-depth understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies equip you with the knowledge and skills to plan, assess, and deliver instruction to gifted students and those with mental, physical, behavioral, or learning disabilities.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Sport and Athletic Management
The Sport and Athletic Management specialization prepares professional educators and leaders for the growing discipline of sports and athletics management through practical applications and research on the key influences impacting the field. The doctoral coursework provides an in-depth understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies combine science-based academics and real-world experience with an emphasis on the ever-changing financial, legal, political, and marketing concerns within the sports industry.Learn More
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Trauma-Informed Educational Practices
The Trauma-Informed Educational Practices specialization builds on your professional teaching, learning, and administration skills by focusing on specific trauma-informed educational practices. The doctoral coursework provides an in-depth understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies extend across various educational settings and populations, preparing you for a trauma-informed approach to instruction. You’ll examine how trauma manifests in different populations and communities, specific trauma-informed strategies for the classroom, and how to strengthen resilience among both students and educators.Learn More
With a Doctor of Education degree, you can join or advance in the education field, both in K-12 and postsecondary. Between 2020 and 2030, the postsecondary education administrator field is expected to grow 8%, and the national median salary for human resources managers is around $97,500.*
Here are just a few career opportunities**:
- Educators (K-12 or higher education)
- Education administrators (K-12 or higher education)
- Training and development specialists
- Human resource personnel
- Related education professionals (school social workers, resource officers, guidance counselors)
- Nonprofit organizations
- Non-governmental organizations
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, the internet, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm, (viewed [3-2-22). Cited projections may not reflect local and short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
**Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements with an NU advisor. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.
The EdD Program requires 48 credits for degree completion. Students who choose the Nursing Education specialization must take two additional specialization courses for a total of 54 credit hours. Additional credit hours may be allowed as needed to complete the dissertation research. If granted, additional courses will be added to the student degree program in alignment with the SAP and Academic Maximum Time to Completion policies. Students who do not complete their program in accordance with these policies may be dismissed.
- Individuals with a previously completed master’s degree will meet the basis of admission to the Doctor of Education Program.
- Doctoral courses consist of methods, the pre-candidacy prospectus, and the dissertation with a Grade Point Average of 3.00 (“B”) or higher.
- EdD students must demonstrate competency in specific subject areas prior to enrolling in any of the specialization or elective courses.
NU may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed toward a doctoral degree at an accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. Transfer credit is only awarded for coursework that is evaluated to be substantially equivalent in content with the required coursework for the EdD program. See the Transfer Credit policy for additional information.
Note: Students who complete NU’s EdS program may be eligible to apply up to 30 credits from the EdS program to the Sanford College of Education’s Doctoral programs. School dean (or their designee) approval is required to determine the number of applicable credit hours from EdS to the selected doctoral program.
At National University, you can earn your Doctor of Education degree online, when it’s convenient for you. And although you attend class online, you still receive the personal support and guidance you deserve thanks to our one-to-one learning model. We also have no residency requirements, no GRE/GMAT requirements, and no group projects. This offers the flexibility you need to fit higher education into your busy schedule.
Upon successful completion of National University’s Doctor of Education program, you will be able to:
- Recommend policies advancing equity and social justice in educational organizations
- Select ethical and regulatory compliant actions supporting the mission and vision of organizations
- Develop leadership skills through the integration of theoretical constructs with professional practice
- Create strategic and tactical plans to improve organizations
- Construct theory-informed decisions for addressing complex problems of practice
Hear From Our Faculty
Admission to the Doctor of Education program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution. Examples of acceptable doctoral degrees include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Education (EdD).
In addition to general requirements for admission to an EdD program, applicants to the EdD program with specialization in Nursing Education must provide a copy of the following:
- A valid and active RN license from the United States
- A master’s degree in nursing (MSN)
Finish Your Dissertation!
Dissertation Completion Pathway (DCP) is a 100% online pathway helping students “All But Dissertation” finish their doctoral degree.
- Block transfer of credit from your previous institution
- Flexible monthly start dates
- Highly trained faculty providing feedback each week on your dissertation
- Strategic support and targeted resources to help you finish
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Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.
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