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Advanced Degrees in Education: A Doctorate in Education

A doctorate degree is the highest level of education you can achieve in a particular field. By receiving a doctorate in education, you have shown your dedication to research in your field, and to applying that research to help others.

If you already have your master's degree and want an even higher level of education, completing a doctorate in education will give you higher pay and greater job opportunities. Many people who earn a doctorate in education get roles in school leadership and education administration, or work as researchers or curriculum developers. Doctorate degrees require approximately 15 post-master's classes, an exam and a research-based dissertation. To find out which degree you will need in order to meet your career goals, read our article, "How to Become a Teacher."

  • Enjoy the fruits of your hard work

  • The more education you get, the more you earn. Those with a doctorate in education have earned the highest degree possible and are compensated accordingly.

  • A doctorate in education provides upward career mobility

  • As you rise in the ranks of education, you will become more and more specialized. Your knowledge and influence are increasingly recognized by others in your field. With a doctorate in education, you will have the opportunity to work in educational administration and educational leadership roles that require advanced degrees.

  • Make a difference with a doctorate in education

  • With a doctorate in education, you will be a source of knowledge to your peers and to those who are working for you. With your research experience, you can make your visions become reality, and improve education for all.

Choosing Between a Doctorate in Education (EdD) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

There are two different doctoral degrees in education, a Doctorate in Education (EdD) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD). They are both education doctoral degrees, but the EdD tends to be more project-based, while the PhD is more research-based or theoretical in nature. Read on to determine which doctorate in education is best for you.

Doctorate in Education (EdD)

If you are interested in becoming a policy maker, a superintendent of schools or applied educational researcher, the EdD was designed with you in mind. Although based on research, EdD degrees stress the practical application of your research to the field of education.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)

If you are interested in an academic research role, such as a university professor, teacher educator or educational theorist, a PhD will be your degree of choice. Educational PhD programs emphasize the development of educational theory through research that generates new knowledge, and adds to the theory of education. Educational PhD degrees are similar to EdD degrees in requirements, but they tend to emphasize more theoretical research. This will be reflected in your PhD dissertation.

Choose the Doctorate in Education that's Right for You

So whether you're more theoretical or practical, there's a doctorate in education to suit your career goals. Search the doctoral degree programs below to find the PhD or EdD that's right for you, and request information from the schools that fulfill your educational goals. With your doctorate in education, you decide how to best further your career goals—and improve the quality of education across the country.

Online Doctorate Programs in Education

Florida

Argosy University

Campuses: Sarasota

Degrees Offered:

  • PsyD in School Psychology
  • EdD in Educational Leadership
  • EdD in Initial Educational Administration

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Arizona

Argosy University

Campuses: Phoenix

Degrees Offered:

  • PsyD in School Psychology
  • EdS in Initial Educational Administration Specialization
  • EdS in Advanced Educational Administration
  • EdD in Initial Educational Administration
  • EdD in Educational Leadership
  • EdD in Advanced Educational Administration

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Online

Keiser University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)

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Northcentral University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - General Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - International Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Special Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Curriculum and Teacher (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - International Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Special Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • PhD in Education - E-Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - English Second Language (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Special Education (Online)

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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • PhD in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • PsyD in School Psychology (Online)

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California Lutheran University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Teaching & Learning

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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University of the Rockies

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • PhD in Education
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • PhD in Education - Distance Learning
  • PsyD - Educational Leadership

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Course-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (KAM-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Mixed-Model) (Online)

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California

California Lutheran University

Campuses: Thousand Oaks, Oxnard

Degrees Offered:

  • Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership
  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (K-12)

University of La Verne

Campuses: Bakersfield, La Verne

Degrees Offered:

  • Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Credential - Level II
  • Organizational Leadership & Management (EdD) with Optional Tier II Credential

Illinois

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Campuses: Chicago, Grayslake

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in School Psychology
  • EdS in School Psychology

Georgia

Argosy University

Campuses: Atlanta

Degrees Offered:

  • EdS in Teaching & Learning

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Colorado

University of the Rockies

Campuses: Denver

Degrees Offered:

  • PhD in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • PsyD - Educational Leadership
  • PhD in Education - Distance Learning
  • PhD in Education

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Colorado Technical University

Campuses: Aurora

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Management in Graduate Level Instructional Practices

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