For people in the education sector that are already working full-time but wish to bolster their credentials in pursuit of career advancement, an online EdD might be the perfect option. An online EdD delivers top quality coursework and content through a blend of online interactions and real-world experiences.
The curriculum of an EdD, online or traditional, will significantly vary from program to program, and between specializations. You can expect a mix of core classes related to your education object (leadership, curriculum planning, research/theory) and concentration courses more specific to your specialization. Depending on the type of program you choose, not much should change from brick and mortar to online: an online EdD curriculum is very similar to a traditional EdD program taken on campus. Take a look at a snapshot of an example Online EdD curriculum:
Whatever your focus, common themes in a Doctorate in Education degree often include:
- Education supervision
- Instruction technology and methodology
- Policymaking in education
- Organizational change and leadership
Learning objectives in this field typically address the following:
- Gaining the ability to see situations from different perspectives
- Applying theory from your classes to solving real-world education problems
- Using research to improve policy, programs, and practice in places of learning
- Identifying discrimination/prejudice and advocating for social justice in educational institutions
It is important to remember that the above-mentioned program options are not available at every institution, and different schools of education may offer varying EdD program concentrations. Contact your desired college or university for more information about their EdD program offerings.