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Coursework to expect in an online Ed.D. program

An online Doctor of Education degree allows you to move your career forward while applying the information you’ve learned to problems that are seen every day in the classroom. No matter how long you’ve been teaching, earning an online Ed.D. builds on your knowledge and allows others to benefit from your experience and education.

Online doctoral programs for education focus on the core theories used in educating students. They also teach you to assume a leadership role in preparing the curricula students use. As you move through the coursework, you will understand how obtaining this advanced degree prepares you for administrative tasks in district offices, colleges and universities.

Prerequisites for an online Ed.D.

Students in doctoral programs in education are college graduates with master’s degrees in education or other disciplines and have practical experience in the classroom. All students are expected to maintain a high grade point average.

Coursework for a doctorate in education

Students research curriculum theories to develop solid post-secondary student curricula. Courses in staff training and development, curriculum leadership, and evaluation of coursework that considers the diverse needs of students are included. Learning how to develop criteria based on differences using information from social and historical paradigms is also incorporated into the online Ed.D. curricula. Depending on the program, students may specialize their doctoral studies in one or more areas, as diverse as technology in learning, teacher leadership or special needs student program development.

Skills and focus of an Ed.D.

An Ed.D. is a professional degree with a focus on applied research. Students use the knowledge this degree confers as they move into administrative roles building core curricula at institutions, including colleges and universities. Superintendent positions or other administrative leadership positions can be obtained with this degree. Jobs at government agencies or consulting firms, as well as various professional organizations, are other available options.

Colleges and universities search for administrators and teachers who bring a firm knowledge of education to the practical job of building core curricula. One of the criteria institutions use is whether applicants have achieved excellence by earning an Ed.D., be it a traditional or online Ed.D. This parameter ensures that a candidate can rise to the level required to handle the tasks that come with this position.

Once you have completed a doctoral program in education, you’ll be ready to advance your position within the educational community. You will be better prepared to move into leadership roles with the skills you’ve acquired. An online Ed.D. is an excellent choice to attain a doctorate of education while working.

Learn more about the University of South Carolina’s online Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction program.


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