Education, EDD

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program offers a rich, dynamic learning experience—one that blends critical engagement with theory, practice, and research.

Offering innovative and engaging opportunities, our EdD seeks to further cultivate the skills and knowledge necessary to effect meaningful change in your organization. As a doctor of education student, you have an opportunity to collaborate with an accomplished group of fellow practitioners, exposing you to global perspectives and strengthening your ability to think critically about today’s educational challenges.

Built on Northeastern University’s scholar-practitioner model, the EdD program integrates your professional experience with doctoral-level research, which should enable you to identify and address your practice-based issues while investigating matters of social justice. Through rigorous course work and collaborative opportunities, you have an opportunity to conduct empirical research culminating in a doctoral thesis that examines a compelling educational challenge.

Admission Requirements

Note that all doctor of education degrees offered through the College of Professional Studies have the following admission requirements:

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Admissions statement (1,000–1,200 words)
  • Minimum of three years of professional work experience in a related field
  • Professional resumé
  • Faculty recommendation
  • Two professional recommendations
  • English-language proficiency proof (for non-native English-language speakers)

Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Concentration

The Doctor of Education (EdD) curriculum, teaching, learning, and leadership concentration seeks to help educational leaders develop the competencies, dispositions, and values required to pursue educational reform, based on a commitment to social justice. Students have an opportunity to explore the relationship between effective educational leadership and the ways that curriculum and teaching can enhance learning opportunities for students across their life span.

This EdD concentration focuses on preparing transformational leaders who recognize the importance of providing quality educational experiences for all learners.

Higher Education Administration Concentration

The Doctor of Education (EdD) higher education administration concentration includes the study of practice and scholarship across a variety of postsecondary education settings, including community and four-year colleges, for-profit organizations, and research institutions. Addressing globalization trends in higher education, this concentration combines theoretical with practice-based concepts.

This concentration offers students an opportunity to conduct and apply research that advances administrative practice or theory in higher education administration. Students have an opportunity to further their understanding and utilization of research design as they interpret research literature and conduct research studies.

This program seeks to produce graduates well-grounded in the educational roles and critical issues in colleges and universities, including:

  • Cultural, ethical, and societal issues in higher education
  • Historical considerations in higher education around the world
  • Organization, governance, leadership, and administrative theories
  • Higher education finance, law, and planning
  • Establishing and sustaining initiatives in higher education

Organizational Leadership Studies Concentration

The Doctor of Education (EdD) organizational leadership studies concentration positions experienced leaders to assume greater responsibilities within their organizations. Designed for leaders working in educational, government, healthcare, military, not-for-profit, for-profit, and management consulting organizations, this concentration combines theory, research, and practice to develop individuals who can effectively manage and lead change in today’s fast-paced, global environment.

The interdisciplinary curriculum offers a strong foundation in leadership, culture, learning, change, communications, systems, and strategy. Students have an opportunity to conduct and apply doctoral research to develop real-world answers to the leadership challenges facing twenty-first-century organizations.

Throughout the course of the program, students have an opportunity to:

  • Review contemporary leadership theory and models emphasizing recent conceptualizations such as adaptive, relational, distributed, complexity, and global leadership to refine their personal leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Examine key models of organizational culture to build their own capability to understand and interact with different societal and organizational cultures across the world.
  • Enhance their ability to think systemically by developing the required competencies to create cultures and structuring processes for learning in their organizations.
  • Explore classical and modern theories of organization and design a forward-thinking organization creating all components, including vision, mission, strategy, structure, and processes.
  • Use both seminal and current theoretical approaches of organizational communication to investigate the dynamic interplay between communication processes and human organizing.
  • Examine seminal and modern group dynamics research to assess group processes and to stimulate group development inside their organizations.
  • Investigate topical consulting strategies and organizational assessment tools and conduct an organizational diagnosis to gain a comprehensive understanding of the models, variables, and perspectives used to understand complex organizational processes.
  • Integrate organizational power theory, research, and practical diagnostic tools to systematically identify and evaluate the political processes and behaviors at play inside their organizations.

This program seeks to produce graduates who have the capacity to contribute new knowledge to leadership scholarship and become positive forces of change.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

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

Required Foundation Courses

EDU 7209Introduction to Doctoral Studies3
EDU 7214Changing Conceptions of Learning and Human Development: Research and Practice3
EDU 7202Transforming Human Systems3
EDU 7210Leadership Theory and Research3

Required Research Courses

Research Courses
EDU 7280Fundamentals of Research3
EDU 7281Research Design3
Proposal Development
Complete one of the following:
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research

Concentration

Complete one of the following three concentrations:

Concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
CURRICULUM, TEACHING, LEARNING, AND LEADERSHIP COURSES
EDU 7216Social Justice and Educational Equity3
EDU 7217Educational Systems: The Dynamics between Policy, Values, and Practice3
EDU 7213Education Entrepreneurship3
EDU 7242Situated Leadership3
EDU 7244Curriculum Theory and Practice Over Time: Implications for Educational Leadership3
ELECTIVE COURSES
Complete 12 quarter hours from the following range:
EDU 7000 to EDU 7999
DOCTORAL THESIS COURSES
EDU 8796Thesis Proposal and the Internal Review Board0
EDU 8797Thesis Data Collection, Initial Analysis, and Management0
EDU 8798Thesis Data Analysis and Presentation0
EDU 8799Thesis Findings and Discussion12
Concentration in Higher Education Administration
HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION COURSES
EDU 7204Global and Historical Perspectives on Higher Education3
EDU 7250Organizational Systems and Institutional Governance3
EDU 7253The Legal Environment of Higher Education3
EDU 7256Financial Decision Making in Higher Education3
EDU 7258Strategic Management in Higher Education3
ELECTIVE COURSES
Complete 12 quarter hours from the following range:
EDU 7000 to EDU 7999
DOCTORAL THESIS COURSES
EDU 8796Thesis Proposal and the Internal Review Board0
EDU 8797Thesis Data Collection, Initial Analysis, and Management0
EDU 8798Thesis Data Analysis and Presentation0
EDU 8799Thesis Findings and Discussion12
Concentration in Organizational Leadership Studies
ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP COURSES
EDU 7277Organizational Learning and Systems Thinking3
EDU 7272Global Perspectives of Organizational Culture3
EDU 7276Organizational Communication: Institutional and Global Perspectives3
EDU 7275Contemporary Models of Leadership3
EDU 7278Organization Theory and Design3
ELECTIVE COURSES
Complete 12 quarter hours from the following range:
EDU 7000 to EDU 7999
DOCTORAL THESIS COURSES
EDU 8796Thesis Proposal and the Internal Review Board0
EDU 8797Thesis Data Collection, Initial Analysis, and Management0
EDU 8798Thesis Data Analysis and Presentation0
EDU 8799Thesis Findings and Discussion12

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

60 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required