EDD

Doctor of Education — Online with 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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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

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

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Winter

Completion Time

3-4 Years

Overview

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 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.

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

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. Students learn to apply advanced research principles to real-life problems they face in their own organizations while completing a doctoral thesis that explores a compelling educational/organizational challenge.

Residency for career success: While all EdD courses can be completed online (except for hybrid courses in Seattle and Charlotte), two-day residencies occur each year that are 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 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/organizational challenge—also 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

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

  • Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership: The Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership concentration 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 nonprofit organizations. In CTLL, all students are committed to the investigation of teaching and learning. This concentration provides students with the contextualization for their worksite research that contributes to the resolution of a complex problem of practice and develops their skills and knowledge to serve as transformational leaders in a variety of educational settings.
  • Higher Education Administration: The Higher Education Administration concentration provides an opportunity for experienced higher education professionals to examine new and deepen 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 increased globalization of higher education is addressed throughout the program. 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.
  • Organizational Leadership Studies: Learning occurs in both formal educational settings including K-12 and higher education, and workplace settings. Leaders/working professionals must enhance their skills in eliminating the boundary between work and learning. The Organizational Leadership Studies concentration prepares leaders/working professionals to systematically transform corporate and nonprofit firms, government organizations, the 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/working professionals develop diagnostic skills for assessing learning, leadership, and organizational systems.

Program Objectives

  • Our program is designed for experienced professionals interested in deepening their understanding of education, organizational development, and leadership. Throughout our program, students examine various approaches to critical, practice-based issues, learn research methods, and conduct a doctoral research study that investigates a compelling educational or organizational 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 by NECHE, New England Commission of Higher Education.

Accreditation

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.

Learn About Getting Real World Experience

Get Set with a Custom Course Plan

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:

3.00
3.00
3.00

Required Research Courses

12 quarter hours

Must be completed in the order listed: 

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Concentrations

Concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Required Courses (12 quarter hours)

3.00
3.00
3.00
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 located at the end of this webpage.

Complete one of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
 

Concentration in Higher Education Administration

Required Courses (12 quarter hours)

3.00
3.00
3.00
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 located at the end of this webpage.

Complete one of the following: 

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

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).

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)

3.00
3.00
3.00
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 located at the end of this webpage.

Complete one of the following courses:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
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).

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.

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.

Application Requirements

  • 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.

International Requirements

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.

Financing Requirements

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 2020 Deadline
April 3, 2020Priority deadline (September 14, 2020, start)
August 7, 2020Final deadline (September 14, 2020, start)
Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020Priority deadline (January 19, 2021, start)
December 14, 2020Final deadline (January 19, 2021, start)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 14, 2021Priority Deadline (July 12, 2021 start date)
June 11, 2021Final Deadline (July 12, 2021 start date)

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
    • Lockheed Martin
    • Veterans Affairs
    • Johns Hopkins
    • MIT
    • UCLA
    • Columbia University
  • What They Do

    • Media Consultant
    • College President
    • Chief Information Officer
    • Instructional Designer
    • Diversity Officer
    • Founder-CEO
    • Principal
    • VP of Student Services
    • Community Services Director
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Experiential Learning
    • Team Building
    • International Education
    • Leadership
    • Change Agency
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Urban Education
    • Strategic Management
    • Student Engagement

 

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