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 experiences, 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 with Concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership helps educational leaders develop the competencies, dispositions, and values required to pursue educational reform, based on a commitment to social justice. Students 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.

Key learning objectives include how to:

  • Assess how issues of social justice play out in contemporary educational settings
  • Analyze education systems to gain an understanding of the evolution of micro- and macrolevel policies and legislation
  • Examine international curriculum and instruction research and practices
  • Investigate the development and interaction of leadership roles within organizations
  • Explore the theoretical and historical dimensions of curriculum, teaching, and learning in varied educational settings

Higher Education Administration Concentration

The Doctor of Education with Concentration in Higher Education Administration includes the study of practice and scholarship within all sectors of postsecondary education including community colleges, four-year colleges, for-profit institutions, and research universities. The increased globalization of higher education is addressed throughout the program. The concentration allows experienced educators and administrators to reflect on and advance their knowledge in ways that will enhance their ability to make a contribution to higher education and further their careers.

This concentration offers students an opportunity to conduct research that addresses critical issues in higher education. This concentration 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 with Concentration in Organizational Leadership Studies 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 21st-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:3
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research

Concentration

Complete one of the following three concentrations:

Concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
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 in 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
Complete the following five courses for the higher education concentration (15 quarter hours):
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
Complete the following courses for the international higher education track within the higher education concentration (15 quarter hours):
EDU 7204Global and Historical Perspectives on Higher Education3
EDU 7250Organizational Systems and Institutional Governance3
EDU 7253The Legal Environment of Higher Education3
Complete two of the following courses. You may also take more than two of the following courses as elective offerings:
EDU 7260Comparative International/Global Higher Education3
EDU 7261International Student Markets3
EDU 7264Educating Global Students: Issues and Practices3
Elective Courses
Complete 12 quarter hours in 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
Complete the following five courses for the organizational leadership studies concentration (15 quarter hours):
EDU 7278Organization Theory and Design3
EDU 7277Organizational Learning and Systems Thinking3
EDU 7272Global Perspectives of Organizational Culture3
EDU 7276Organizational Communication: Institutional and Global Perspectives3
EDU 7275Contemporary Models of Leadership3
Complete the following courses for the sports leadership track within the organizational leadership studies concentration (15 quarter hours):
EDU 7278Organization Theory and Design3
EDU 7277Organizational Learning and Systems Thinking3
EDU 7272Global Perspectives of Organizational Culture3
EDU 7276Organizational Communication: Institutional and Global Perspectives3
EDU 7290Contemporary Models of Sports Leadership3
EDU 7291Personnel Development in Sports Leadership3
Complete the following two sports leadership courses to satisfy 6 quarter hours of your 12-quarter-hour elective requirement:
EDU 7292Social Justice in Sports3
EDU 7293Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports Leadership3
Elective Courses
Complete 12 quarter hours in 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