EdD in Urban Education

Become a leader who improves the education experiences of children and youth in urban environments.

The EdD in Urban Education major is for experienced education professionals who seek advanced training for leadership positions. These positions may 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.

The major is part of the school’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program, which has a variety of different majors to serve professionals from various fields.

Our practice-oriented EdD degree program trains professionals to lead, develop, implement, and evaluate informal learning experiences.


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Program Facts

Degree Type

Doctor of Education (EdD)


84 credits
(24 credits transfer from your previous graduate credits)



Time Commitment



3 years on average

Enrollment Term


Application Deadline

February 1

Admissions Requirements

No GRE Exam is required

Program Overview

The EdD major in Urban Education is part of the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program at the University of Pittsburgh Pitt School of Education. The program aligns with School of Education’s mission to prepare students to be scholars, leaders, and change-makers in education and health, with a particular focus on equity and justice.

Earn Your Degree While Working

The program accommodates the schedules of working professionals and combines an online learning environment with monthly Saturday in-person sessions.

The Best of Online and Face-to-Face

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.

Built for Professionals

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.

Meet the FacultyCollage of 7 Urban Education faculty members

Pictured left to right, clockwise: Urban Education faculty members Shanyce L. Campbell, Lori Delale-O’Connor, Sabina Vaught, Richard Benson, Leigh Patel, T. Elon Dancy II, and Lisa Ortiz



The EdD program is a three-year program that consists of 60 new credits. Students transfer 24 credits from relevant graduate work.


Learning Experiences

The EdD curriculum is delivered in several stages, through a variety methods:

The EdD cohort participates in a full-day, on-campus, orientation in the spring before the summer start of the program.

The day includes opportunities to meet program faculty, EdD program information, and cohort-building activities as well as an introductory session with other students in your academic major.

Orientation typically takes place in March or April.

The EdD cohort will participate in a full-week, on-campus, experience that includes intense work focused on understanding enduring problems of practice in education, health, and human development.

This one-week experience typically takes place in June, and is a component of the first summer courses (Foundations 1 and Practitioner Inquiry 1).

You will experience a hybrid model of education through online course experiences and in-person, once per month (typically on Saturdays) sessions on the Pittsburgh campus.

Attendance at in-person, on campus sessions is required.

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 grade (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.

View all EdD Admissions requirements

Career Pathways

Graduates of the EdD in Urban Education major will be prepared for the leadership of programs and organizations focused on learning in urban contexts.

Our graduates hold a variety of positions including working as:

  • Consultants
  • Policy makers
  • Master practitioners
  • Teaching in masters-level training programs in areas related to urban education