What Is an EDD?
A Doctorate in Education (commonly abbreviated as EdD) is a practice-based doctorate degree for emerging leaders in the education space. This degree is typically targeted toward current educators and those responsible for advancing their organization through learning in areas such as:
- Organizational change
- Educational technology
- Educational psychology
- Higher education
- Curriculum instruction and teaching
- Human resource development
- Educational administration
An EdD is focused on the application of educational theory. It is geared toward those looking to work in leadership roles in public and private education, as well as positions in government agencies, nonprofits and education administration. Additionally, businesses are increasingly recognizing that chief learning officers or chief academic officers are integral in driving improvements in their organizations. An EdD is the perfect degree for leaders in those positions.
Traditional leadership preparation programs often lack the critical element that our partner the USC Rossier School of Education provides: anchoring an understanding of organizational improvement in the research on learning, motivation and organizational behavior. Mastery of these domains generates leaders who know how to facilitate conditions for organizational learning, creating an organization that will be effective, adaptable and competitive. The USC Rossier School of Education’s Doctorate of Education (EdD) program emphasizes the following areas of importance:
- Development of specialized practitioner skills
- Application of educational foundations and techniques
- Gathering and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data to asses the status of organizational priorities
- Implementing research that addresses localized practitioner problems
- Utilizing principles and practices of learning and motivation to supervise others
- Driving innovation through technology-enabled and blended learning formats
- Assessing and reflecting upon one’s own skills as a leader and the performance of team(s) and the organization and modifying strategies as needed
- Creating a culminating dissertation in practice that demonstrates effective application of the program’s theories and concepts
EdD vs. PhD Degrees
The difference between an EdD and a PhD in Education comes down to one fundamental question: What do you want to do with your doctorate degree? While some overlap exists between EdD and PhD degrees, the core difference is whether you want to conduct research (PhD) or apply the research in practice (EdD).
Visit EdD vs. PhD Degrees to learn more about which doctorate degree is right for you.
EdD Applicant Credentials
Individuals interested in pursuing their EdD will, in most cases, need to meet the following basic requirements:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. A master’s degree may not be required, but the EdD program may require the candidate to earn credit hours in an advanced degree program (or master’s level courses).
- Background in classroom teaching and/or relevant leadership experience
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA
Contact your desired college or university for more information about their specific program requirements.