Education

Degree:
  • Professional Doctorate
Location: Seattle
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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.

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. 


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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 begin work on the Dissertation in Practice at the onset of their program around a self selected, compelling educational challenge- also known 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

    Scholarships

    • 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.

    Concentrations

    • 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.

    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

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

    Required Foundation Courses

    9 quarter hours

    Must be completed in the order listed:

    EDU 7207 - Introduction to Action Research and Social Change
    3.00
    EDU 7218 - Leadership for Social Justice
    3.00
    EDU 7219 - Collaborative Leadership
    3.00
     

    Required Research Courses

    12 quarter hours

    Must be completed in the order listed: 

    EDU 7225 - Introduction to Research Design
    3.00
    EDU 7226 - Intermediate Research Design
    3.00
    EDU 7294 - Advanced Research Design
    3.00
    EDU 7295 - Dissertation in Practice Seminar
    3.00

    Doctoral Thesis

    12 quarter hours

    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

    Residency Requirement: Each student is required to satisfy two on-ground residencies. Dates and other event information are released annually. Seattle and Charlotte students will satisfy residency requirements through regional campus hybrid courses.

    Concentrations

    Concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

    Required Courses (12 quarter hours)

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

    Complete one of the following:

    EDU 7227 - The Power of Experiential Learning
    3.00
    EDU 7228 - Bringing Experiential Learning, Assessment, and Reflection to Life
    3.00
    EDU 7229 - The Experiential Learning Leader
    3.00
    EDU 7230 - Current and Emerging Practice in STEM Education
    3.00
    EDU 7234 - Thinking and Acting Entrepreneurially
    3.00
    EDU 7235 - Leading Entrepreneurial Practices in Organizations
    3.00
    EDU 7245 - Urban Education
    3.00
     

    Elective Courses (15 quarter hours)

    Complete any four courses (or 12 quarter hours) at the EDU 7000 level that you are not already using as a foundation or concentration course. You may take a course from another concentration and/or you may choose from the Concentration Electives below.

    EDU 7227 - The Power of Experiential Learning
    3.00
    EDU 7228 - Bringing Experiential Learning, Assessment, and Reflection to Life
    3.00
    EDU 7229 - The Experiential Learning Leader
    3.00
    EDU 7230 - Current and Emerging Practice in STEM Education
    3.00
    EDU 7245 - Urban Education
    3.00
    EDU 7251 - Student Engagement in Higher Education
    3.00
    EDU 7254 - Postsecondary and Institutional Public Policy
    3.00
    EDU 7256 - Financial Decision Making in Higher Education
    3.00
    EDU 7257 - The Urban University in the United States
    3.00
    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
    EDU 7266 - Contemporary Issues in Community Colleges
    3.00
    EDU 7269 - Leadership in Higher Education: The College Presidency
    3.00
    EDU 7273 - Professional Leadership and Communication
    3.00
    EDU 7274 - Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Leadership and Communication
    3.00
    EDU 7278 - Organization Theory and Design
    3.00
    EDU 7279 - Organizational Consulting
    3.00
    EDU 7290 - Contemporary Models of Sports Leadership
    3.00
    EDU 7292 - Social Justice in Sports
    3.00
    EDU 7293 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports Leadership
    3.00
    Concentration in Higher Education Administration

    Required Courses (12 quarter hours)

    Note: Students who choose to pursue the international higher education track within the higher education administration concentration should complete Comparative International/Global Higher Education (EDU 7260) rather than Strategic Management in Higher Education (EDU 7258).

    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 7258 - Strategic Management in Higher Education
    3.00
     

    Complete one of the following: 

    EDU 7251 - Student Engagement in Higher Education
    3.00
    EDU 7254 - Postsecondary and Institutional Public Policy
    3.00
    EDU 7256 - Financial Decision Making in Higher Education
    3.00
    EDU 7257 - The Urban University in the United States
    3.00
    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
    EDU 7266 - Contemporary Issues in Community Colleges
    3.00
    EDU 7269 - Leadership in Higher Education: The College Presidency
    3.00

    Elective Courses (15 quarter hours)

    Complete any four courses (or 12 quarter hours) at the EDU 7000 level that you are not already using as a foundation or concentration course. You may take a course from another concentration and/or you may choose from the Concentration Electives course list below.

    EDU 7227 - The Power of Experiential Learning
    3.00
    EDU 7228 - Bringing Experiential Learning, Assessment, and Reflection to Life
    3.00
    EDU 7229 - The Experiential Learning Leader
    3.00
    EDU 7230 - Current and Emerging Practice in STEM Education
    3.00
    EDU 7245 - Urban Education
    3.00
    EDU 7251 - Student Engagement in Higher Education
    3.00
    EDU 7254 - Postsecondary and Institutional Public Policy
    3.00
    EDU 7256 - Financial Decision Making in Higher Education
    3.00
    EDU 7257 - The Urban University in the United States
    3.00
    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
    EDU 7266 - Contemporary Issues in Community Colleges
    3.00
    EDU 7269 - Leadership in Higher Education: The College Presidency
    3.00
    EDU 7273 - Professional Leadership and Communication
    3.00
    EDU 7274 - Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Leadership and Communication
    3.00
    EDU 7278 - Organization Theory and Design
    3.00
    EDU 7279 - Organizational Consulting
    3.00
    EDU 7290 - Contemporary Models of Sports Leadership
    3.00
    EDU 7292 - Social Justice in Sports
    3.00
    EDU 7293 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports Leadership
    3.00
     

    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) and EDU 7261 International Student Markets as an elective.

    Concentration in Organizational Leadership Studies

    Required Courses (12 quarter hours)

    EDU 7277 - Organizational Learning, Innovation, and Systems Thinking
    3.00
    EDU 7275 - Contemporary Leadership Perspectives
    3.00
    EDU 7272 - Organizational Culture and Change
    3.00
    EDU 7276 - Communication: Teams, Organizations, and Global Networks
    3.00
     

    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 Leadership Perspectives (EDU 7275). 

    Complete one of the following courses: 

    EDU 7273 - Professional Leadership and Communication
    3.00
    EDU 7274 - Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Leadership and Communication
    3.00
    EDU 7278 - Organization Theory and Design
    3.00
    EDU 7279 - Organizational Consulting
    3.00
    EDU 7290 - Contemporary Models of Sports Leadership
    3.00
    EDU 7292 - Social Justice in Sports
    3.00
    EDU 7293 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports Leadership
    3.00

    Elective Courses (15 quarter hours)

    Complete any four courses (or 12 quarter hours) at the EDU 7000 level that you are not already using as a foundation or concentration course. You may take a course from another concentration and/or you may choose from the Concentration Electives course list below.

    EDU 7227 - The Power of Experiential Learning
    3.00
    EDU 7228 - Bringing Experiential Learning, Assessment, and Reflection to Life
    3.00
    EDU 7229 - The Experiential Learning Leader
    3.00
    EDU 7230 - Current and Emerging Practice in STEM Education
    3.00
    EDU 7245 - Urban Education
    3.00
    EDU 7251 - Student Engagement in Higher Education
    3.00
    EDU 7254 - Postsecondary and Institutional Public Policy
    3.00
    EDU 7256 - Financial Decision Making in Higher Education
    3.00
    EDU 7257 - The Urban University in the United States
    3.00
    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
    EDU 7266 - Contemporary Issues in Community Colleges
    3.00
    EDU 7269 - Leadership in Higher Education: The College Presidency
    3.00
    EDU 7273 - Professional Leadership and Communication
    3.00
    EDU 7274 - Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Leadership and Communication
    3.00
    EDU 7278 - Organization Theory and Design
    3.00
    EDU 7279 - Organizational Consulting
    3.00
    EDU 7290 - Contemporary Models of Sports Leadership
    3.00
    EDU 7292 - Social Justice in Sports
    3.00
    EDU 7293 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports Leadership
    3.00
     

    Note: Students who choose to pursue the sports leadership track within the organizational leadership concentration should complete Social Justice in Sports (EDU 7292) and Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports Leadership (EDU 7293) as electives.

    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

    Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

    No