Why Education?

The Doctor of Education prepares experienced professionals for leadership in their communities, empowering its graduates from all over the world to pursue the issues they’re passionate about.

The Doctor of Education fosters leaders in professional fields to employ existing research and theory to develop and conduct research to investigate, explore, and transform organizational and institutional landscapes. With a deep respect for students' practical experience and knowledge, we teach students via experience how to incorporate practice-based research into their day-to-day professional work.

Residency Requirement: While the majority of EdD courses are completed online, there is a residency requirement. Students attend residency in their first year and one second year in the program at one of our campuses in Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC or Seattle, WA. This offers the chance to connect in person with faculty and fellow students to share knowledge and experiences in the campus environment.

Northeastern's Doctor of Education degree is designed to be completed in four to five years of study, following a fast-paced quarter system rather than the traditional semester schedule. Most students take two classes per quarter in a mix of foundations, research methods, electives, and classes from their chosen concentration. Students enroll in the thesis seminar to work on their doctoral thesis after fulfilling their course requirements.

Our students come from diverse disciplines and professions seeking more than just a degree. They’re gaining a practical education that translates to their everyday environment. Students learn to apply advanced research principles to real-life problems they face in their own organizations, and complete a doctoral thesis that examines a compelling educational challenge.


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Unique Features

  • Students choose one of three areas—Higher Education, Organizational Leadership Studies, or Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership—to focus their studies and further customize their curriculum
  • Students complete a doctoral thesis around a self-selected, compelling educational challenge—also known as the students’ problem of practice
  • Majority of coursework offered online, allowing for flexibility for working professionals
  • Residency component fulfilled at one of our campuses in Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC or Seattle, WA

Program Objectives

  • Develop a broad understanding of scholarly approaches to education and education reform
  • Learn methods for researching and analyzing critical practice-based issues
  • Conduct a doctoral research study that investigates a compelling educational challenge

Accreditation Description

The Northeastern Doctor of Education degree is accredited. There are six regional accrediting bodies. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) awards accreditation to Northeastern University.

 


What you'll study

General Requirements

Doctorate of Education General Requirements

60 total quarter hours required.

Note: A minimum of 51 quarter hours must be taken at the College of Professional Studies. 

Required Foundation Courses

EDU 7209 - Introduction to Doctoral Studies
3.00
EDU 7214 - Changing Conceptions of Learning and Human Development: Research and Practice
3.00
EDU 7202 - Transforming Human Systems
3.00
EDU 7210 - Leadership Theory and Research
3.00
 

Required Research Courses

Research Courses

EDU 7280 - Fundamentals of Research
3.00
EDU 7281 - Research Design
3.00
 

Proposal Development 

Complete one of the following: 

EDU 7282 - Quantitative Research
3.00
EDU 7283 - Qualitative Research
3.00
        

Concentrations

Concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

CURRICULUM, TEACHING, LEARNING, AND LEADERSHIP COURSES

EDU 7216 - Social Justice and Educational Equity
3.00
EDU 7217 - Educational Systems: The Dynamics between Policy, Values, and Practice
3.00
EDU 7213 - Education Entrepreneurship
3.00
EDU 7242 - Situated Leadership
3.00
EDU 7244 - Curriculum Theory and Practice Over Time: Implications for Educational Leadership
3.00
 

ELECTIVE COURSES

Complete 12 quarter hours from the following range: EDU 7000 to EDU 7999

DOCTORAL THESIS COURSES

EDU 8796 - Thesis Proposal and the Internal Review Board
0.00
EDU 8797 - Thesis Data Collection, Initial Analysis, and Management
0.00
EDU 8798 - Thesis Data Analysis and Presentation
0.00
EDU 8799 - Thesis Findings and Discussion
12.00
  

Concentration in Higher Education Administration

HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION COURSES

Complete the following five courses for the higher education concentration (15 quarter hours):

 

EDU 7204 - Global and Historical Perspectives on Higher Education
3.00
EDU 7250 - Organizational Systems and Institutional Governance
3.00
EDU 7253 - The Legal Environment of Higher Education
3.00
EDU 7256 - Financial Decision Making in Higher Education
3.00
EDU 7258 - Strategic Management in Higher Education
3.00

International Higher Education Track

Complete the following courses for the international higher education track within the higher education concentration (15 quarter hours):

EDU 7204 - Global and Historical Perspectives on Higher Education
3.00
EDU 7250 - Organizational Systems and Institutional Governance
3.00
EDU 7253 - The Legal Environment of Higher Education
3.00
   

Complete two of the following courses. You may also take more than two of the following courses as elective offerings:

EDU 7260 - Comparative International/Global Higher Education
3.00
EDU 7261 - International Student Markets
3.00
EDU 7264 - Educating Global Students: Issues and Practices
3.00
  

ELECTIVE COURSES

Complete 12 quarter hours from the following range: EDU 7000 to EDU 7999

DOCTORAL THESIS COURSES

EDU 8796 - Thesis Proposal and the Internal Review Board
0.00
EDU 8797 - Thesis Data Collection, Initial Analysis, and Management
0.00
EDU 8798 - Thesis Data Analysis and Presentation
0.00
EDU 8799 - Thesis Findings and Discussion
12.00
      

Concentration in Organizational Leadership Studies

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP COURSES

Complete the following five courses for the organizational leadership studies concentration (15 quarter hours):

EDU 7277 - Organizational Learning and Systems Thinking
3.00
EDU 7272 - Global Perspectives of Organizational Culture
3.00
EDU 7276 - Organizational Communication: Institutional and Global Perspectives
3.00
EDU 7275 - Contemporary Models of Leadership
3.00
EDU 7278 - Organization Theory and Design
3.00
 

SPORTS LEADERSHIP TRACK

Complete the following courses for the sports leadership track within the organizational leadership studies concentration (15 quarter hours):

EDU 7278 - Organization Theory and Design
3.00
EDU 7277 - Organizational Learning and Systems Thinking
3.00
EDU 7272 - Global Perspectives of Organizational Culture
3.00
EDU 7276 - Organizational Communication: Institutional and Global Perspectives
3.00
EDU 7290 - Contemporary Models of Sports Leadership
3.00
EDU 7291 - Personnel Development in Sports Leadership
3.00
 

Complete the following two sports leadership courses to satisfy 6 quarter hours of your 12-quarter-hour elective requirement:

EDU 7292 - Social Justice in Sports
3.00
EDU 7293 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports Leadership
3.00
 

ELECTIVE COURSES

Complete 12 quarter hours from the following range: EDU 7000 to EDU 7999

DOCTORAL THESIS COURSES

EDU 8796 - Thesis Proposal and the Internal Review Board
0.00
EDU 8797 - Thesis Data Collection, Initial Analysis, and Management
0.00
EDU 8798 - Thesis Data Analysis and Presentation
0.00
EDU 8799 - Thesis Findings and Discussion
12.00
       

Did You Know?

$3.65 million: The average lifetime earnings of an individual with a doctoral degree. 

Want More Options?

There are three concentrations within the doctoral program to help tailor your course of study to your particular area of interest. 

Average Time to Completion

3-4 Years

Accreditation

NEASC

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall