Doctor of Education

Program Format
Application Deadlines
Winter 2022:
Priority Deadline: December 1, 2021
Final Deadline: December 15, 2021
Start date: January 10, 2022

Fall 2022:
Priority Deadline: August 15, 2022
Final Deadline: August 22, 2022
Start Date: September 19, 2022
Credits Required for Graduation
60 Quarter Hours


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

Providing innovative and engaging opportunities, our EdD further cultivates the skills and knowledge necessary to effect meaningful change in your organization. As an EdD student, you will 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.

Students will complete most EdD coursework online with an additional required on-campus residency. Note: Completion of this program does not guarantee teacher or administrator licensure in North Carolina public schools. Candidates should contact their local school administrative offices and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction regarding specific initial and advanced licensure requirements.


For graduates of Columbia College: Northeastern University Charlotte has a special relationship with Columbia College, SC. The Graduate School of Education’s Doctor of Education program offers an exclusive articulation pathway for Columbia College alumni. For more information on this offer and enrollment in the EdD program, please contact Cornelius Williams at 704.954.8818.

Program Objectives

  • Develop a broad understanding of scholarly approaches to education and educational reform
  • Learn methods for researching and analyzing critical practice-based issues
  • Conduct a doctoral research study that investigates a compelling educational challenge
  • Develop the competencies, dispositions, and values required to pursue educational reform, based on a commitment to social justice
  • Examine research and study across a variety of postsecondary educational settings, including community and four-year colleges and for-profit organizations
  • Obtain a strong foundation in leadership, communications, and strategy

Curriculum by Concentration

Students choose one of three areas to focus their studies:

Students will complete foundation classes before beginning studies in their concentration.

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