Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education

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Approx. program length:

3years, 2 months


Credits:

54


Cost per credit:

$810

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Distinguish yourself as a leader in education

Are you looking to elevate or support your organization or educational institution using practical, research-based tools? Our Doctor of Education 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.

Specialize your degree

To specialize your educational focus, you’re encouraged to take one of these four elective tracks:

Educational Leadership: Gain in-depth understanding of academic structure, school financing, policy-making 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.

Distinctive learning model

Our unique Scholar-Practitioner-LeaderSM model separates us from other doctoral programs. It fits into every aspect of your doctoral studies, preparing you with the advantages of:

  • Scholarship – you’ll understand how to design research and use its data to solve root problems
  • Practitioners – you’ll learn how to apply your skills to solve problems in your organization or community
  • Leadership – you’ll develop leadership skills that help you change organizations and communities

Better doctoral experience

In 20 years of delivering doctoral education, we’ve come to realize that the doctoral journey can be very focused and personal, yet also lonely. That’s why we’ve restructured our programs to create a more supportive, motivating environment for doctoral students.

Here’s how it works:

  • You’ll move through courses with the camaraderie and support of a cohort of students.
  • You’ll have dedicated faculty to explain the doctoral journey and provide feedback as you go.
  • You’ll research, write and defend your dissertation in manageable chunks throughout your program.

Course length:

8 weeks


Total credits required:

54


Max. number of transfer credits:

27

Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 54 credits to complete this program. Required courses may vary based on previous education or transferable credits.

Dissertation

You’ll begin the dissertation  process in your third course and follow a schedule of milestones throughout your program. This makes your dissertation doable in smaller segments and helps identify any research methodology challenges early, so there are no surprises or delays at the end.

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

Doctoral students may also enroll in an optional, zero-credit, zero-tuition/fee one-weekend seminar in Phoenix, Ariz. The seminar provides an opportunity for personal interaction with faculty and peers as well as instruction around the framework of your dissertation.

Transfer credits

Earn your degree faster. Current doctoral students from an accredited university or college may be eligible to receive up to 27 credits based on previous doctoral coursework.

Core courses

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
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Introduction To Education Administration In Doctoral Study edd700
3
Social Contexts And Contemporary Issues edd711
3
Leadership Theory And Practice ldr711a
3
Research Conceptualization And Design res709
3
Symposium I doc714s
3
Qualitative Methods And Design res724
3
Statistical Research Methods And Design I res710
3
Instructional Leadership edd724
3
Educational Technology Research edt711
3
Instructional Media And Design Techniques edt723
3
Integrating Technology And Curriculum edt732
3
Technology Leadership edt733
3
Curriculum, Developmental, And Learning Theories cur713
3
Curriculum Design cur721
3
Instructional Models cur722
3
Program Evaluation cur732
3
Leadership In Contemporary Organization edd712
3
Comparative Models Of Educational Environments edd714
3
The Legal Context Of Education edd722
3
Ethics And Values In Learning Organizations edd723
3
The Economics Of Education edd731
3
Evaluation And Assessment Methods edd733
3
History And Philosophy Of Higher Education hea711
3
Higher Education Law, Policy And The Regulatory Environment hea712
3
Higher Education Economics, Finance And Strategic Planning hea713
3
Academic And Student Affairs Administration hea722
3
Curriculum Development, Assessment, And Program Evaluation hea732
3
Student Development, Adult Education, And Student Diversity hea731
3
Doctoral Seminar I doc715
3
Doctoral Seminar II doc723
3
Doctoral Dissertation doc741
3
Symposium II doc719s
3
Doctoral Project IV doc742
3
Doctoral Dissertation doc741a
3
Doctoral Dissertation doc741b
3
Dissertation Continuing Enrollment II doc888
1
Doctoral Project IV doc742a
3
Doctoral Project IV doc742b
3
Project Continuing Enrollment II doc988
1

Projected job growth:

7%

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for postsecondary education administrators is projected to be 7 percent from 2018 to 2028. A Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership can help prepare you to be a:

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

Networking opportunities

Access powerful networking tools through our PhoenixLinkTM career services platform. Take advantage of personal career coaching. Search and apply for jobs, or make your resumé visible to employers. And connect with employers and alumni through career fairs and mixers or with peers through the school’s Facebook® group for doctoral students. It’s all about connections. And we help you make them.

Learning outcomes

Along with the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, graduates should gain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes students will possess upon completion of the program of study. By the time you complete your Doctor of Education, you should be able to perform these learning outcomes.

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.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance that the University meets quality standards.


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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Doctor of Education, you can:

Spread your dissertation out

You’ll research, write and defend your dissertation in manageable chunks throughout your program rather than saving it — and stressing about it — until the end.

Partner with dedicated doctoral faculty

You’ll work with the same Dissertation Chair and University Research Methodologist (URM) throughout your program, allowing for critical feedback along the way.

Work with a cohort of students

You’ll enjoy the camaraderie and community of being in a student cohort. Your cohort will move through the program together with the same Chair and URM.

Take the next step

It’s time to take your education to the highest level. You’ve got the will. And, by taking one course at a time toward a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree, you’ve got the way.

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