Ed.D Educational Studies

The Educational Doctorate in Educational Studies at UNC provides an innovative program designed to prepare educators for leadership roles in a dramatically changing landscape of education. Educational leaders face multiple challenges, including advances in technology, evolving research on the science of learning, and ever changing educational reforms.

To address those challenges, this program offers both working adults and full-time graduate students the opportunity to participate in a rigorous and highly developed curriculum. This program provides two different options:

  • on-campus specialized track for full-time graduate students
  • on-line or hybrid program for educators who are working in the educational environment

Both programs prepare candidates to understand the relationship among research, policy, and practice in education in order to contribute to improving educational systems. The program prepares candidates to assume roles such as:

  • University faculty members
  • Educational leaders in school districts and state and federal agencies
  • District level curriculum specialists
  • Leaders in non-profit and private sectors

Candidates complete an educational studies core, a multidisciplinary cognate, a research core, and complete a dissertation.

On-Campus Program

This program, designed for full-time graduates, allows students to independently complete course work in face-face to classes on the campus of UNC. Find out more about the on-campus program.

View the details in the UNC course catalog

On-line Program-Begins Every Odd Numbered Year

This program, designed for educators who are working in the educational environment, allows students to complete course work with a cohort of educators in a mostly on-line environment. Both fall and spring semester courses are delivered on-line. In the summer prior to the program and the summer of the first and second years of course work, students will be required to participate in a week-long research seminar course at the UNC campus in Loveland, Colorado.

Hybrid Program-Begins Every Even Numbered Year

This program is similar to the on-line format, but fall and spring semester courses are offered in a hybrid format. The classes are mostly online with two Saturdays per semester on the Loveland, Colorado campus. Additionally, in the summer prior to the program and the summer of the first and second years of course work, students will be required to participate in a week-long seminar course at the UNC campus in Loveland, Colorado. The hybrid format suits the needs of working professionals who seek additional classroom interactions with peers and professors.

Extended Campus Program Details