University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Earn your EdD in three.

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

Responding to the needs of individuals looking to advance their careers, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education offers a Doctor of Education (EdD) program that serves professionals and researchers from various fields through interdisciplinary and practical experiences. The part-time EdD is a three-year cohort-based degree program that accommodates the needs of working professionals through very clear timelines and a hybrid course delivery model, including a one-day orientation, a weeklong intensive on-ramp experience, cross-disciplinary research seminars, and an internship.

The EdD helps graduates advance within their professional careers in educational administration as well as preparing students for careers as faculty within teaching-centered colleges and universities. This is in contrast to our PhD, which is a full-time program that helps to prepare graduates for research-oriented careers and/or working as faculty within research and doctoral granting universities. Get in touch to find out more information now.

Check out our EdD videos, which provide a comprehensive view of the doctoral programs available. Discover why we created the new EdD program, how our programs allow for a work/life balance, the importance of a cohort model, and the benefits of studying with students in other disciplines. Also, if you're trying to choose which doctoral path is the right one, you can also compare with our PhD program. And if you'll be joining us from outside of Pittsburgh, we have a video to give you a better sense of the city and our campus.

Higher Education Management - Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program is intended for mid-career practitioners in higher education who desire the skills and credentials needed to advance their careers. It offers a rigorous theoretical and practical orientation for scholar practitioners aspiring to senior administrative careers in post-secondary education in the United States and internationally. It also prepares students to undertake applied research and develop careers in governmental agencies and policy research centers. Students will develop competencies in strategic planning, leadership, resource management, enterprise and change management, project planning, and quality controls through assessment of student learning outcomes and institutional and professional accreditation.

In the HEM program, we examine measures that reflect institutional effectiveness and data-based planning and decision-making in higher education environments that demand accountability and transparency. Internships are a general requirement, as we believe they bolster practitioner credentials and skills. The integration of leadership and management skills within a philosophical framework of higher education is based upon a student learning and outcome-driven curriculum that will facilitate their development as future leaders. We additionally develop proficiency required of leaders to include critical thinking, problem solving, verbal and written communications, information literacy, and their capacity to lead highly functional teams.

Graduates of our program have performed as college presidents, academic deans, student affairs deans, directors of institutional development, registrars, directors of admissions, directors of residence life, and vice presidents of higher education institutions. Many of our foreign students return to work in ministries of education in their home countries, enter into senior management positions in international development agencies, or serve as senior administrators and faculty members in local universities.

In the new EdD students must come into the program with 30 credits that can be transferred from a relevant master's degree.

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School of Education
Admissions and Enrollment Services
5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
PHONE: 412-648-2230
FAX: 412-648-1899
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