A Mostly Online Doctoral Program for Educators
This Educational Studies Doctor of Education (EdD) degree provides working teachers and administrators with access to a premier doctoral program in education. This mostly online program features our Innovation and Education Reform Cognate, preparing informed, reflective and forward-thinking educational leaders who are prepared to implement and study educational change in today’s rapidly evolving educational systems.
In the Innovation and Education Reform Cognate You will study...
- Relationships between research, policy and practice in education
- How to conduct, analyze and apply research of education
- Issues surrounding curriculum, evaluation and implementation
- Critical evaluation skills and perspectives of education and society
- Ways to contribute to the improvement of education systems
The Highest Level of Educational Leadership Preparation from a National Leader in the Field
Graduates will be able to pursue careers in academia, the K–12 world, and other educational settings and agencies.
- Take on leadership roles in school districts.
- Become a University faculty member.
- Work as a consultant to state and federal agencies.
- Plan and implement curriculum at the district level.
- Assume leadership roles for non-profit and private schools and agencies.
Time to Completion:
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online + Summer Loveland visits: Starts each Summer term (in Late July)
This mostly online doctoral program begins near the end of the Summer term (late July). The minimal face-to-face requirements allow you to attend from anywhere, while still allowing you to meet your fellow students and fulfill doctoral residency requirements.
- Fall and Spring terms: coursework is completely online.
- Summer terms: you will have one course delivered in Loveland, Colorado, for three days each of the first three Summers.
- Your dissertation defense will also be presented in person during the final semester of your program.
Degree Requirements (64 Credit Hours)
To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.
Educational Studies Core (12 Hours)
- EDF 670 Introduction of Research Literature (3)
- EDF 685 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)
- EDF 700 Implementation and Evaluation of Curriculum (3)
- EDF 701 Doctoral Seminar (1 credit each Summer) – this is the five-day course where you will collaborate in person with your peers. This fulfills your doctoral residency requirement.
Innovation and Education Reform Cognate (24 Hours)
- EDF 720 Foundations of Educational Research (3)
- EDF 773 Literacy as Social Practice (3)
- EDF 775 History of Education Reform and Change (3)
- EDF 777 Social Justice in Educational Reform (3)
- EDF 778 Social Theory of Learning and Change (3)
- EDF 781 Perspectives on Curriculum (3)
- EDF 785 Contemporary School Reform (3)
- EDF 787 Technology, Innovation, and Education (3)
Research Core (12 Hours)
- SRM 602 Statistical Methods I (3)
- SRM 680 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3)
- SRM 686 Qualitative Case Study Research (3)
- One additional research course
Dissertation (16 Hours)
Scholarly Paper Requirement
Students are required to submit for publication one paper to a professional journal prior to dissertation proposal hearing. Other research endeavors prior to the dissertation are encouraged. Students may take EDF 795 Comprehensive Seminar (3) to support the writing of a scholarly paper.
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.