Teach the world a better way to learn. Our online EdD gives you the preparation you need to be innovative as a K–12 or higher education leader.
The program is designed for working professionals and features an accelerated course schedule that can be completed in as few as two years of study. Dissertation planning and support is offered to students from the beginning of the program.
The online EdD consists of 54 credits of coursework covering academic research skills, education policy, law, administration and pedagogy, as well as dissertation advising and development.
Students can choose from two concentration options that best match their professional interests:
K-12 Leadership – Improve your capabilities in teaching and administration so you can drive improved performance, efficiency and inclusion in K–12 schools.
This concentration also includes an option to pursue certification as a superintendent. *The superintendent licensure is pending approval by the Department of Public Instruction. Candidates will complete an in-field practicum experience, which brings the total number of course credits to 57.
Higher Education Leadership – Drive operational improvement and contribute to student success as a leader in public or private two- and four-year colleges.
The online EdD is a rigorous program designed to empower you to find your voice as an administrator and leader. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:
(K–12 or higher education) and propose ways educational communities can provide solutions or support.
In addition to direct service in schools and higher education institutions, the skills and competencies you develop as a student in this program will equip you for policy advocacy, government service, consulting and other roles in the public or private sector.
Our online EdD is an accelerated two-year program. If you are a K–12 Leadership student who chooses to pursue preparation for the superintendency, it may take more time to complete your degree depending on the timing of the practicum experience.
Each year of the program includes three terms: two 16-week semesters in the fall and spring and a 10-week summer term.
Fall and spring semesters include eight-week courses that explore different aspects of educational studies, as well as a 16-week seminar focusing on the dissertation and research. Summer terms include only eight-week courses from the doctoral core and your area of concentration.
Summer terms include content courses — from the doctoral core and in your concentration area.
If you pursue a superintendency practicum or require additional time to complete your dissertation, there is an option to take a seventh semester after completing all other coursework.
Coursework in our online EdD is divided among the doctoral core, dissertation preparation and your area of concentration.
Courses in the doctoral core include advanced theory and practice in organizational leadership with an emphasis on change management, communication, ethical practice and fostering inclusion and equity.
Our online EdD gives you support for developing, completing and defending your dissertation starting from the beginning of the program.
Courses in this concentration focus on leadership for K–12 schools and school districts.
In this concentration, your coursework focuses on the complex needs of institutions of higher learning, from community colleges to research universities.
To apply to the online EdD, you should be an active professional in education or administration, with at least three years of relevant experience as well as a master's degree.
If you choose to pursue the K–12 Leadership concentration, you must also hold a clear, renewable teaching license in your state.
To apply to the online EdD program, you must:
If you are a student whose first language is not English, you must provide official TOEFL examination scores, demonstrating a minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer) or 79 (Internet).
Find your voice as an educational leader with Alverno College. Contact us about the Online EdD today!