EdD in Urban Education

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 from various fields through interdisciplinary and practical experiences.

The Urban Education major is intended for experienced education professionals who seek advanced training for leadership positions, which might include curricular leadership roles, school district leadership, out-of-school learning organizations, university outreach/extension, and other areas where learning occurs within or strongly connected to the urban context. Our practice-oriented degree program trains professionals to lead, develop, implement, and evaluate informal learning experiences. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 3 years over 10 terms of study
  • Time Commitment: Part-time
  • Term of Enrollment: Summer
    • The first summer term includes a week-long on-ramp experience, plus four Saturday classes spread across the summer months.
  • Course Requirements:  84 credits, including 24 credits transferred from previous graduate work
  • Application Deadlines: February 1
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE Exam Not Required

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Program Details

Urban Education is one of the majors of the Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the Pitt School of Education. The program accommodates the schedules of working professionals and combines an online learning environment with monthly Saturday in-person sessions. There is a hybrid course delivery model, including a one-day welcome and information event, a week-long intensive on-ramp experience in the first summer, cross-disciplinary practitioner inquiry and foundations courses, and an internship.

The EdD helps graduates advance within their professional areas of practice. 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.


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Degree Requirements

EdD students at the Pitt School of Education complete 10 requirements that are embedded in coursework, including a practitioner inquiry project.


The EdD program at the Pitt School of Education requires applicants to have 24 credits of relevant graduate work to transfer from a source institution with a B (3.0) or higher according to University policy.

Additionally, applicants with experience in related fields and a master’s in a relevant field are preferred. Examples of related fields include urban development and planning, public health, urban sociology, social work, community-based educational organizations, education and public outreach for university-based research, and environmental education, among others.

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Career Pathways

Graduates of the Urban Education area of concentration will be prepared for the leadership of programs and organizations focused on learning in urban contexts, working as consultants, policy makers, or master practitioners, and teaching in masters-level training programs in areas related to urban education.