Online EdD Degree: Doctor of Education

What Is an EdD Program?

EdD is an abbreviation for a Doctor of Education. The EdD degree emerged in the 1920s as scholars began seeking doctoral degrees in professional fields. At Grand Canyon University, the EdD is a leadership degree that helps you to apply current theories and research to new environments. Online EdD programs are offered by the College of Doctoral Studies.

Online EdD Programs at GCU

You will have the opportunity to learn how to build and sustain ever-changing organizations with GCU’s online EdD programs. You will combine theories and research with past leadership practices to critically analyze and apply best practices moving forward within education, management, psychology or ministry. Choose from emphases ranging from K-12 education and higher education to healthcare administration and behavioral health.

The Doctor of Education – online EdD programs are embedded with residencies and milestones designed to help you develop your research skills throughout the curriculum. As a learner in one of our online doctoral programs, you have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and fellow doctoral peers as you work on content expertise from the start of your program.

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FAQs for Online EdD and EdS Programs

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An EdD stands for education doctorate. This degree focuses on leadership-type roles in all levels of education.

Debating EdD vs. PhD and which is better depends on the area of study you choose to enter. If you intend on conducting research and teaching theoretical subjects, a PhD may be better for you. If you are looking to enter an administrative or leadership role in education, an online EdD program may be right for you. As well, each has different course lengths and requirements, so knowing which one is better is contingent upon your schedule and subject focus.

How much you can make with a doctorate in education depends on the type of profession. For a college professor, an EdD degree salary entirely depends on the professor’s past teaching experience as well their area of expertise. 

A doctorate in education (EdD) is the pinnacle of education degrees in the U.S. postsecondary education system. With this, there are many career paths you can choose to follow. Teaching-level jobs such as a college professor or administrative positions such as a school district superintendent or university provost are all positions you can apply to with an EdD degree. Alternatively, you may choose to become a leadership consultant.

The length of time for earning a doctorate in special education varies from program to program. GCU’s online Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education is a minimum of 20 courses.

Yes, you can be a professor with an EdD degree. While many colleges may not require an education doctorate to become a professor, an EdD is considered the highest teaching degree in the U.S. and can allow you to position yourself for potentially higher levels of professorship.

Yes, an EdD requires a dissertation. Each of GCU’s doctorate in education programs includes a minimum of three dissertation courses. The length of an EdD dissertation is entirely dependent on your chosen topic and how much research you have conducted over the course of the program.

An EdS stands for education specialist. This degree is a post-master’s degree that specializes in specific education focuses. An EdS degree does not require a dissertation.

An EdS is a post-master’s level degree that specializes in specific areas of teaching and education. It is considered an advanced degree above a master’s, but is not considered a doctorate as it does not require a dissertation. An EdD is an education doctorate that is designed for professionals looking to step into educational leadership roles.

While technically not a doctorate degree, an education specialist (EdS) degree offers components that align with doctoral degree standards, but it does not require a dissertation or residency.

An EdS is an education specialist degree that is designed to give the learner an advanced level of knowledge in education. EdS degrees usually combine studies of theory, research and instruction for a specialized focus. GCU’s EdS degrees are post-master’s level programs that do not require a dissertation, but still provide a curriculum that aligns with typical teaching standards.

All of GCU’s EdD degrees require a dissertation for full program completion.

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