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Doctoral degree

Doctor of Education

38 months

Approximate Program Length

54

Total Credits

$810

Cost per Credit

Online

Format

Start when you're ready

Choose an upcoming start date:

Register by: Sep 1, 2021

Are you looking to elevate or support your organization or educational institution using practical, research-based tools? Our Doctor of Education (EdD) prepares you to use analytical, critical and innovative thinking to improve performance and solve complex problems in education. This program does not lead to any educational licensure or certification.

  • Use leadership theory and principles to help organizations with strategic planning

  • Address legal, regulatory and compliance issues within educational organizations

  • Evaluate current research and use statistics to solve complex educational issues

  • Address modern issues affecting education using social, historical and philosophical research

  • Develop an evolving personal leadership style based on ethical and moral principles

Courses

1

Course at a time

8

Weeks per course

5

Courses per year

Dissertation

You’ll begin your dissertation in your third course and follow a schedule of milestones throughout your program. This helps you manage your dissertation in smaller segments and helps identify any research methodology challenges early, so surprises or delays can be addressed.

Symposium

While some doctoral programs require on-campus residency, we’ve shifted to an 8-week online symposium. In the required course you’ll:

  • Receive a detailed overview of each milestone in the doctoral journey
  • Understand what the University expects from doctoral students
  • Understand what doctoral students can expect from the University

Schedule

Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Doctor of Education. You may also enroll in an optional, zero-credit, zero-tuition/fee one-weekend seminar in Phoenix.* The seminar provides an opportunity for personal interaction with faculty and peers as well as instruction around the framework of your dissertation. 

What you'll learn

When you earn your online doctorate in education, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Leadership theory and principles
  • Change management
  • Legal, regulatory and compliance issues in education
  • Problem-solving in diverse educational settings

Specialize your EdD degree with one of four elective tracks

Educational Leadership: Gain in-depth understanding of academic structure, school financing, policymaking and faculty — all while emerging as a leader who values diversity and academic integrity.

Curriculum and Instruction: Influence curriculum development and policy, and evaluate instructional and assessment methods to improve learning outcomes.

Educational Technology: Implement technologies that revolutionize the way students learn and integrate technology into curriculum.

Higher Education Administration: Gain a top-level view of the complex challenges facing educational communities — and gain the skills to address them through research, planning, fiscal oversight and outcomes assessment.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Doctor of Education?

An EdD can prepare you to be a: 

  • School administrator
  • Academic affairs dean
  • Academic affairs vice president
  • Academic dean
  • College president, dean
  • Dean of students
  • Provost
7 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for medical and health services managers is projected to be much faster than average between 2018 and 2028.

Career Services for Life

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

Tuition

Paying for school

While education costs have risen an average of 2.6% in the U.S. every year, our Tuition Guarantee ensures you’ll pay one flat rate from the moment you enroll to the day you graduate.

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org. Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Real-world faculty

28

Average years of industry experience

25

Deans

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Faculty Spotlight

From the very beginning, I always try to make students feel comfortable and connect with them.”

Donna Lange

Faculty of the Year 2020, College of Education

*Students are responsible for their own travel costs.

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.