Doctor of Education — Charlotte Residency

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.

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From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


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Entry Terms

Fall, Winter

Completion Time

3-4 Years

The Doctor of Education program provides experienced adult learners, working professionals, and scholar-practitioners from various backgrounds and perspectives with the practical knowledge and experience they need to develop and conduct research to investigate, explore, and transform their organizational and institutional landscapes.

The program is designed to be completed in three to four years of study, following a fast-paced quarter system rather than the traditional semester schedule, and offers five concentrations to create a personalized curriculum. Students begin working on their dissertation in practice at the onset of their coursework by identifying their problem of practice and developing an action plan—incorporating cycles of data collection and analysis, collaboration, change work, and reflection—culminating in the dissemination of their action research findings. 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 working environment.

While all EdD courses can be completed online (except for hybrid courses in Seattle and Charlotte), two-day residencies occur each year designed for networking and career success. Students attend residency in their first and second years 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 scholars to share knowledge and experiences.

* Please note, international students enrolling in the online EdD program will be provided with an option to complete the residency through online participation in interactive sessions with fellow scholars offered during the residency period.

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Unique Features

  • Students choose one of five concentrations—higher education administration, innovative teaching and learning, transformative school leadership, workplace learning, and integrative studies—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/organizational challenge—known as the student's problem of practice.
  • Students are assigned a faculty advisor at the start of their program to support their dissertation in practice research throughout their program.
  • All coursework offered online, allowing for flexibility for working professionals.
  • Residencies can be fulfilled at one of our campuses in Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC, and Seattle, WA. In-person participation for the residency is available for international students as well.


  • 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 $20,000.


  • Higher Education Administration: The higher education administration concentration provides an opportunity for experienced higher education professionals to expand their previous understanding of practices within all sectors of postsecondary education. Sectors examined include community colleges, four-year colleges, for-profit institutions, and research universities. The concentration courses allow experienced higher education professionals to advance their professional practice by developing and deepening their understanding of the roles of colleges and universities in our society.
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning: The innovative teaching and learning concentration focuses on transforming education through innovation, justice, and policy, by providing engaging opportunities for current and aspiring teaching and learning specialists working in various education spaces. The concentration focuses on teaching and learning both inside and outside the bounds of P-20 schools and focuses on developing and leading innovative curriculum and professional development.
  • Transformative School Leadership: The transformative school leadership concentration provides innovative opportunities for experienced education professionals who are current and aspiring leaders of early childhood centers, public or private schools, or school districts. The concentration prepares students to lead and transform educational spaces and be equipped to shape the needs of education in K-12, higher education, organizational contexts, and beyond.
  • Workplace Learning:The workplace learning concentration helps learning professionals gain a deeper understanding of, recognize, and influence real-life social inequalities marginalized populations face in the workplace. The courses allow experienced learning professionals to advance their professional practice by developing and deepening their knowledge of workplace learning, organizational dynamics, learning strategy, and ethics.
  • Integrative Studies:The integrative studies concentration provides an opportunity for students to design a program of study that fits their own professional goals and includes the required foundation and research courses, concentration courses from any EdD concentration, and electives from the Doctor of Education or Doctor of Law and Policy programs.

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

Student Outcomes

Interested to see how this degree impacted students careers? Read here for graduates survey feedback

Accreditation Description

The Northeastern Doctor of Education degree is accredited. There are six regional accrediting bodies. The New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE) awards accreditation to Northeastern University.

The Northeastern Doctor of Education degree is accredited. There are six regional accrediting bodies. The New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE) awards accreditation to Northeastern University.

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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Get Set with a Custom Course Plan

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

Required Foundation Courses


Required Research Courses



Dissertation in Practice


Residency Requirement: Each student is required to attend two residency events. Dates and other event information are released annually. Seattle and Charlotte students will satisfy residency requirements through regional campus hybrid coursework.

Elective List

Complete five courses from the EDU 7000 level. Below is a list of courses regularly offered as electives within the Doctor of Education program.







Required Courses

Complete 12 credit hours of EDU courses from any other program concentration. 

Elective Courses

Complete 15 credit hours of EDU 7000 courses from the program elective list and any LWP 7000-level course.




Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: Official undergraduate and graduate degree documentation
  • Admission statement: Respond to both questions separately and stay within the prescribed word limits. The ability to demonstrate clear, succinct, well-reasoned writing is essential.
    1. From among the most significant issues in education/organizations today, what specific problem of practice are you interested in investigating during your doctoral study? (1,000 - 1,200 words)
    • Describe the problem of practice
    • Explain why you want to investigate it
    • Provide a strong rationale for the significance of the problem
    2. How have your previous research, work, and life experiences prepared you for the Northeastern University doctoral program in education? (300 - 400 words)
  • Minimum work experience: Three years in a related field
  • Professional resumé: Must summarize work and education history, include an outline of your educational/academic skills with examples such as research and teaching experience, affiliations, publications, certifications, presentations, and other professional skills.
  • Faculty recommendation: Must be from a faculty member in your previous graduate program who can attest to your readiness for doctoral work. If you are no longer acquainted with a faculty member, please choose a professional who can speak of your academic capabilities to engage in doctoral-level research and writing. Recommendations should be presented as a letter attached to the general recommendation form.
  • Two professional recommendations: Must be from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, a supervisor, mentor, or colleague. It is preferred that one letter of recommendation come from your current employer and/or supervisor. Recommendations should be presented as a letter attached to the general recommendation form.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language.

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Fall 2021

Priority deadline (September 20, 2021 start date): August 1, 2021
Final deadline (September 20, 2021 start date): August 15, 2021

Winter 2022

Priority deadline (January 10, 2022 start date): December 1, 2021
Final deadline (January 10, 2022 start date): December 15, 2021

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • Boston Public Schools
    • Chicago Public Schools
    • NYC Department of Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Tufts University
  • What They Do

    • Education
    • Community and Social Services
    • Business Development
    • Human Services
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Teaching
    • Public Speaking
    • Curriculum Development
    • Leadership
    • Research


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