Doctor of Education (EdD) Program

A Pitt EdD student leading a discussion in class

Lead Transformative Change in Education and Health

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education is for experienced professionals who are driven to transform the field of education and reach the highest level in their careers.

Three strengths of our program:

  1. A focus on equity and justice is at the heart of the program. Inequity in education and health is a defining issue of our time. Pitt EdD students study the current system, what led to current inequities, and how to work toward a more just future.
  2. We take an expansive approach to health and education across our eight majors in the EdD. Students learn from peers and expert faculty with varied perspectives on education and health, gaining a powerful and comprehensive view of education and health in society.
  3. Students gain the tools to shape and manage change within complex systems. They complete assignments with the goal of applying what they learn both toward their current role and aspirational leadership positions. 

Diverse Cohort of Professionals

Our program is for students who wish to become leaders or strengthen their leadership in PreK-12 schools, higher education institutions, community-based organizations, research institutes, government agencies, and health and human services agencies. 

Hybrid-Online Format

The Pitt Education EdD program can be completed in three years while students continue working. Our hybrid-online format is ideal for practitioners from across the United States who learn together online and through monthly in-person campus visits.

Impact-Focused Curriculum

The Pitt Education EdD program culminates in students completing a Dissertation in Practice (DiP). The DiP is a sustained change initiative that students conduct to apply toward and benefit their own workplace settings. 

Available EdD Majors