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.
Northeastern's Doctor of Education degree is designed to be completed in three to four years of study, following a fast-paced quarter system rather than the traditional semester schedule. Students begin working on their Dissertation in Practice at the onset of their coursework by identifying their problem of practice and working through cycles of planning, data collection and analysis, change work and reflection throughout coursework.
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.
The program includes: two years of online coursework in one of three concentrations, face-to-face learning experience at our campus in Seattle, and a Dissertation in Practice that examines a compelling educational challenge. For students in residence at our Seattle campus, students begin each of their four foundation courses online and then attend on-ground classes delivered at the campus throughout select weekends during the first two quarters of the program.
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. In three to four years of study, students learn to apply advanced research principles to real-life problems they face in their own organizations.
- 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 begin work on the Dissertation in Practice at the onset of their program around a self selected, compelling educational challenge- also knows as the students' problem of practice
- Students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their program to help with their Dissertation in Practice
- Two years of online coursework allows for flexibility for working professionals
- Face-to-face learning experience on the Seattle Campus in Seattle, WA, a dynamic city synonymous with software development, Internet titans, information technology, biotechnology, the life sciences, and nonprofit work
- MacFarland Scholarship - New, incoming students, who are working or have the intention of working as an educator in a public school at the elementary or secondary level, within an urban area, are eligible to receive a scholarship award of up to $10,000.
- Higher Education Administration: The Higher Education Administration concentration provides the context in which to investigate a complex problem of practice. The concentration course work includes the study of practice and scholarship within all sectors of postsecondary education including community colleges, four-year colleges, for-profit institutions, and research universities. The increased globalization of higher education is addressed throughout the program. The concentration allows experienced educators to be well-grounded in the areas essential to understanding and articulating the educational roles of colleges and universities, and develop skills and knowledge for establishing and sustaining initiatives in higher education.
- Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership: The Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership (CTLL) concentration provides the context in which to investigate a complex problem of practice. It engages educational leaders in research and practice to develop the competencies, dispositions, and values to promote educational innovation based on a commitment to social justice. This concentration is appropriate for both P-12 and university-level educators as well as professionals in for and non-profit organizations. All students are committed to the investigation of teaching and learning. This concentration provides the opportunity to conduct research at the worksite that contributes to the resolution of a complex problem of practice, and develop skills and knowledge to serve as transformational leaders in a variety of educational settings.
- Organizational Leadership Studies: Learning occurs in both formal educational settings including K-12 and higher education, and informal settings including the workplace. Leaders and other working professionals must enhance their skills in eliminating the boundary between work and learning. The Organizational Leadership Studies Concentration prepares leaders and other professionals to systematically transform corporate and nonprofit firms, government organizations, sports industry, and formal educational settings. The concentration addresses ways leaders interact, make meaning, and collaborate within their organizations and throughout their local and global networks. Leaders and other working professionals develop diagnostic skills for assessing the learning, leadership, and organizational systems.
- Sports Leadership Specialization – Students have the option to specialize in Sports Leadership within the Organizational Leadership Concentration. Students in this specialization will investigate the impact of sports has on a global scale, and identify leadership principles to effect positive change in the sport. This requires a total of 9 quarter hours.
- 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
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
60 total quarter hours required.
Note: A minimum of 51 quarter hours must be taken at the College of Professional Studies.
Required Foundation Courses
Required Research Courses
EDU 7294 (3 q.h.)
Complete 12 quarter hours in the following range: EDU 7000 to EDU 7999
DOCTORAL THESIS COURSES
Note: Students who choose to pursue the international higher education track within the higher education administration concentration should complete (EDU 7260) and (EDU 7261) rather than Financial Decision Making in Higher Education (EDU 7256) and Strategic Management in Higher Education (EDU 7258).
Complete 12 quarter hours in the following range:
Note: Students who choose to pursue the international higher education track within the higher education administration concentration should complete Educating Global Students: Issues and Practices (EDU 7264) as an elective.
Doctoral Thesis Courses
Note: Students who choose to pursue the sports leadership track within the organizational leadership concentration should complete Contemporary Models of Sports Leadership (EDU 7290) rather than Contemporary Models of Leadership (EDU 7275).
Complete 12 quarter hours in the following range:
Note: Students who choose to pursue the sports leadership track within the organizational leadership concentration should complete Personnel Development in Sports Leadership (EDU 7291), Social Justice in Sports (EDU 7292), and Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports Leadership (EDU 7293) as electives.
Doctoral Thesis Courses