Why earn a doctorate degree in Education?

Application Deadlines
March 15
Oct. 15

The University of North Dakota's doctor of education program is designed specifically for educators, administrators, and leaders working in P–12, early childhood, or higher education. Work full-time while completing your doctorate in education online within three years. Your workplace can serve as a laboratory of practice for coursework and dissertation in practice.

Specialized Ed.D. Programs

Enroll in both a centralized core and choose a specialization area. You may further customize your Ed.D. program by studying across disciplines.

Higher Education (HE)

The HE area prepares administrators or professors for leadership in an academic discipline at a college or university.

Instructional Design & Technology (IDT)

The IDT specialization is for instructors, instructional designers, curriculum/technology coordinators, or directors for educational technology, faculty development centers, or training departments. You'll become an expert in understanding curriculum design, human learning, and the integration of technology.

School Leadership (SL)

The SL is designed primarily for practitioners preparing for school administration positions including elementary, middle school, and secondary principals; superintendents; curriculum directors, and other school district central office positions. Upon completion of the SL degree, depending on state licensure credential requirements, a student generally will have completed many, if not all, coursework which will lead to an administrative credential.

Special Education (SPED)

The SPED area is focused on preparing experienced professionals for the role as an educational diagnostician. You'll evaluate students to determine services and effective programming, as well as provide leadership at the school and district levels to inform special education policies and practices.

Sport Leadership

The Sport Leadership area is designed for those individuals who aspire to become Athletic Directors, Coaches, or other Administrators of either traditional sports or esports. Work at any level, including professional, educational, or community settings.

Teacher Education (TE)

The TE area prepares professors of education at a college or university or as an educational specialist to teachers in PK-12 schools.

UND's Doctorate Degree in Education 

  • The doctorate in education degree is offered 100% online, and specialization tracks may be both synchronous and asynchronous.

  • You may complete an internship under the supervision of expert practitioners who will engage you in multiple diverse educational settings.

  • Interdisciplinary core focuses on innovation, equity and leadership to meet the needs of diverse educational environments.

  • Student-selected research pathways include action research, classroom-based inquiry, program evaluation and learning analytics.

What can I do with a doctorate in educational leadership?


Anticipated growth for education administration jobs

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Median annual salary for postsecondary education administrators

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

At some point along their career track, many educational professionals eventually weigh the decision to earn a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education. Most senior positions in education and educational administration require an Ed.D., which is one of the main reasons that education professionals choose to pursue the degree.

Depending on your specialization, earning your doctorate in education can prepare you for positions in:

  • The P–12 setting (educator, administrator, specialist, director)
  • Higher education (college professor, dean or administration)
  • Private organizations (CEO, human resources)
  • Public institutions and civil service (non-profit director, armed services or police leader, education lobbyist)

Online Doctorate in Education Leadership Courses

Earn Your Doctorate in Educational Leadership

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