Best Online Doctorates in Education Programs: Students Before Profits Award 2018

The Students Before Profits Awards were created to recognize nonprofit colleges and universities offering degrees that put students before profits and education before the bottom-line.  For our ranking of the 2018 Online Doctorates in Education winners, we chose online Education degree programs from nonprofit colleges and universities, accredited by independent and trusted accreditation boards, with lower than average tuition costs, and have ranked them by affordability.

In the pursuit of higher education, students are offered a wide variety of different programs and colleges.  This can prove problematic for many students as the wide variety of choices only makes it harder for students to narrow down to the program that is best for them.  At Nonprofit Colleges Online, we believe that often times the best route for pursuing a higher education is to take that education online.  Online degree programs have many advantages over their on campus counterparts.  First and foremost, online degree programs tend to be substantially cheaper than on campus degrees.  Despite being based on the same curriculum as their on campus counterparts, online degree programs reduce much overhead for the college which allows the school to offer the program at a much cheaper tuition rate.  Online programs are also able to be schedule much more flexibly which is a fantastic benefit to students who are either currently working, have internships, or any other scheduling obligations.  Students are also able to consider programs all over the globe as they do not need to worry about proximity to the college when picking an online program.

An online Doctorate of Education degree is the highest level of achievement that a student can earn in the study of education.  By pursuing and reaching this level of education, graduates will have set themselves apart from their peers as having learned the proper academic standards and leadership skills needed to become a strong leader in the world of academia.  Through the completion of this type of program, graduates will have the skills and training needed to enter into roles as a superintendent, principal, college instructor, dean, or any other leadership role within the field of education.  This type of degree program is great for those who would like to go beyond just being a teacher and would like to shape the quality and type of education delivered on an institutional-scale.

Note that tuition rates listed below are based on cost per credit and individual programs may have additional fees.

#1. University of Arkansas

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Established on the site of a hilltop farm located within the Ozark Mountains, the University of Arkansas was given the nickname “The Hill”.  Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas was created as a beneficiary of the Morill Land-Grant Act of 1862.  Calling for the establishment of a new institution of higher learning, the Arkansas State Legislature began taking bids from cities that were interested in being the home of the new school.  After pledging $130,000, the city of Fayetteville had won the right to the new school and construction began.  In 1875, the first campus building, “Old Main”, was completed and is now part of the National Register of Historic Places.  Now, over 27,000 students are enrolled at the University of Arkansas.  University of Arkansas is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Arkansas are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership degree.  Through this program of study, students will attain the highest-level of knowledge in regards to education.  Upon completion of this degree, students will be prepared for high-level roles within educational organizations such as principal, superintendent, and administration.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of Arkansas campus.  A minimum of 42 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Arkansas’ Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $17,640

#2. Northwest Nazarene University

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The earliest iteration of Northwest Nazarene University, the Idaho Holiness School was established in 1913.  Established by Eugene Emerson, the school originally operated as a combination Bible school and grade school.  Three years later, the school underwent two name changes in the same year.  It was renamed to Northwest Holiness College and then renamed to Northwest Nazarene College.  By 1919, Northwest Nazarene College had gained educational accreditation and then four-year accreditation in 1937.  Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University was one of the earliest accredited colleges affiliated with the church.  Located in Nampa, Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University enrolls just over 2,000 students.  Northwest Nazarene University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education degree offered to students at Northwest Nazarene University.  Through this program of study students will undergo advanced study and research towards gaining the insight and knowledge needed to become educational leaders.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Northwest Nazarene University campus in order to complete this degree.  A minimum of 39 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Northwest Nazarene University’s Doctorate of Education degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition: $18,330

#3. University of the Cumberlands

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Founded on January 7th, 1889, the University of the Cumberlands was originally named Williamsburg Institute.  As the Williamsburg Institute, the University of the Cumberlands acted as a place of higher education within the mountains of Kentucky for those with a Baptist background.  In 1907, the school had purchased land and buildings belonging to Highland College and the school was renamed to Cumberland College.  The name was in reference to its proximity to the Cumberland River, Cumberland Falls, and Cumberland Gap.  This same reasoning would apply to its current name of University of the Cumberlands.  Now, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, the University of the Cumberlands enrolls just over 6,000 students.  University of the Cumberlands is a private institution.

Program Overview

The University of the Cumberlands offers its students a Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree.  In this program of study, students will continue their education to the highest-level in order to prepare themselves for positions in leadership within educational organizations.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of the Cumberlands in order to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of the Cumberlands’ Doctorate in Education Leadership degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $22,500

#4. University of Colorado Denver

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Created originally as an extension campus of the University of Colorado known as the University of Colorado’s Department of Correspondence and Extensions, the University of Colorado Denver eventually grew so large that it was spun-off into its own school.  Designed to give students in Denver access to the University of Colorado’s curriculum and classes, the program was originally held in the C.A. Johnson Building in downtown Denver and was operated by one teacher.  Due to immense popularity, the program grew quickly and eventually relocated into the Denver Tramway Company Building and was renamed the University of Colorado – Denver Center and then to the University of Colorado Denver in 1973.  Now, the school enrolls nearly 18,000 students.  University of Colorado Denver is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Colorado Denver are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Education Equity degree.  This program of study is designed for students to attain the highest-level of mastery and understanding of educational leadership concepts and knowledge while focusing specifically on the assurance of equal access to education for all.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of Colorado Denver campus in order to complete this degree.  A minimum of 54 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Colorado Denver’s Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Education Equity degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $24,192

#5. New Mexico State University

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Dating back over a century, New Mexico State University was established in 1888 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Originally known as Las Cruces College, New Mexico State University originally provided agricultural education to the people in New Mexico via funding provided through the Morill Land Act.  The following year, the school was renamed to the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts and began providing a wider array of educational opportunities.  This name stayed until 1960 at which point it was changed to New Mexico State University.  Now, New Mexico State University has become one of the largest college campuses in the state.  With over 180 different degree programs, New Mexico State University currently enrolls 18,500 students.  New Mexico State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

At New Mexico State University, students are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Educational Leadership degree.  In this program of study, students will complete their education to the highest-level in preparation for positions of leadership within the education community.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the New Mexico State University campus in order to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 63 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: New Mexico State University’s Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $26,019

#6. University of Alabama

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Upon acceptance in the Union, the newly formed General Assembly of Alabama called for the establishment of an institution of higher-learning within the state.  This school would eventually grow to become the University of Alabama.  In 1820, the first classes were held at the University of Alabama, making it one of the oldest public institutions of higher education in the country.  Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the site was picked for it’s proximity to what was once the capital of Alabama.  The design for the University of Alabama’s campus was heavily influenced by Thomas Jefferson’s plans for the University of Virginia campus.  Today, the University of Alabama is home to a student body of almost 37,000 students. University of Alabama is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Alabama are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership with a Concentration in Nurse Education degree.  In this program of study, students will gain the necessary knowledge and information needed to become educational leaders in their field while focusing specifically on what is needed to create a population of educated nurses.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of Alabama campus for its completion. A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Alabama’s Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership with a Concentration in Nurse Education degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $27,000

#7. Southeastern University

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The Assemblies of God Alabama District and Superintendent J.C. Thames established Southeastern University in 1935.  Welcoming its first class of students in the winter of 1935, Southeastern University originally held classes in what was a former high school building in the city of New Brockton, Alabama.  Independently operated until 1940, the school eventually consolidated with the nearby Beulah Heights Institute in Georgia.  Now located in Georgia, the school was renamed to to Southeastern Bible Institute.  Later the school was moved in 1946 to Lakeland, Florida and has remained there ever since.  Now, known as Southeastern University, the school is now home to 3,400 students.  Southeastern University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education degree is offered to students at Southeastern University.  In this program of study students will gain deeper understanding of crucial educational, leadership, and decision-making abilities.  This will prepare students for positions within organizations where they can act as leaders and administrators.  This program is available entirely online and does not require students to visit the Southeastern University campus to complete their studies.  A minimum of 54 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Southeastern University’s Doctorate in Education degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $27,000

#8. University of West Georgia

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Located on the Bonner plantation, the University of West Georgia was originally founded in 1906 as the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School.  Created in order to provide the rural youth with an opportunity for an education, the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School operated until 1933 at which point it was renamed to the West Georgia College.  At this point, the school began offering associate’s degrees.  Over the years the school continued to grow, eventually adding on bachelor’s degrees and then Master’s and doctorate programs.  Located in Carrollton, Georgia, the University of West Georgia enrolls a student body of approximately 13,300 students.  University of West Georgia is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of West Georgia are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education with a Major in School Improvement degree.  Through this program of study, students will gain the highest level of education necessary to enter into leadership roles within academic institutions.  By completing this program students will be prepared for roles as principal, administrator, superintendent, and much more.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of West Georgia campus to complete their studies.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of West Georgia’s Doctorate of Education with a Major in School Improvement degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $31,020

#9. Boise State University

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Founded by the Episcopal Church, Boise State University was established in 1932 as the Boise Junior College.  Under the guidance of the Baptist Church for two years, Boise Junior College became unaffiliated and moved to its current location along the Boise River.  By 1965, the school was offering students the ability gain Bachelor’s degrees.  This prompted the school to be renamed to Boise State College.  In 1975, the school had received university status and was renamed once more to Boise State University.  Named for its location in Boise, Idaho, Boise State University has a student body of approximately 22,000 students. Boise State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in Educational Technology degree is offered to students at Boise State University.  Through this program of study students will attain the highest degree of education possible in educational leadership.  Focusing on the ways that technology can be integrated into education techniques, graduates of this program will be ready to lead academic institutions into the future.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Boise State University campus for its completion.  A minimum of 66 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Boise State University’s Doctorate of Education in Educational Technology degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition: $31,416

#10. Indiana State University

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In 1865, the Indiana General Assembly met and discussed the state’s dire need for a new institute of higher learning.  On December 20th, 1865, the Indiana General Assembly determined that the state would establish the Indiana State Normal School to remedy the situation which laid the groundwork for what would eventually become Indiana State university.  Created originally to provide teachers with training, the school’s scope expanded quickly.  By 1908 the school was offering Bachelor’s degrees and eventually Master’s degrees.  In 1929 the school was renamed to the Indiana State Teachers College, then renamed to Indiana State College in 1961, and finally Indiana State University in 1965.  Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Indiana State University enrolls 10,200 students.  Indiana State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at Indiana State University are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Educational Administration: Higher Education degree.  In this program of study students will complete their education in preparation for a career as a leader within the academic community.  This program is designed specifically to prepare students for administrator and leadership roles within colleges and universities.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Indiana State University campus for its completion.  A minimum of 62 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Indiana State University’s Doctorate of Educational Administration: Higher Education Leadership degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $31,806

#11. University of South Carolina

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Starting from the humble beginnings of an initial class size of just nine total students, the University of South Carolina was established in 1801.  Over the course of the next two centuries, the University of South Carolina would grow and change to become the flagship at the center of the University of South Carolina system of higher education.  Now, the University of South Carolina is the largest in the state and enrolls over 34,000 students.  Located at the top of the Congaree River, the University of South Carolina is situated within downtown Columbia, South Carolina.  To accommodate for growth, the University of South Carolina operates additional satellite campuses through the downtown-area.  The school offers students over 350 different programs of study.  University of South Carolina is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree is offered to students at the University of South Carolina.  Through this course of study, students will learn the necessary information to become curriculum specialists for K-12, as well as higher education.  This program will teach students curricular administration skills as well as leadership and ethics.  Students are able to take this program entirely online and are not required to visit the University of South Carolina campus in order to complete their degree.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of South Carolina’s Doctorate of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $34,285

#12. Concordia University Portland

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Founding a parochial school for teachers, the Lutheran community of the Pacific Northwest founded Concordia Academy in 1905.  Originally a boy’s school, the school eventually began to admit women into the school in 1968 after having added a junior college in 1950.  In 1977, the Portland Lutheran Association for Christian Education took control of the high school portion of the Concordia Academy and the college was spun off.  Concordia College began offering bachelor’s degrees in 1980 and eventually was renamed to Concordia University in 1995.  Located in Portland, Oregon, Concordia University Portland enrolls a student body of over 5,500 students. Concordia University Portland is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education degree at Concordia University Portland.  Through this program of study, students are able to gain the skills needed to become transformational education leaders.  Students will gain leadership skills while gaining better insight into the way of leading an academic institution.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Concordia University Portland campus. A minimum of 59 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Concordia University Portland’s Doctorate of Education degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition: $34,644

#13. Indiana University

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After the Indiana State Legislature called for the establishment of an institution of higher learning within the state, construction began on what would become Indiana University in 1820.  Two yeas, later construction was completed on the school in Bloomington, Indiana, in a region of the city known as Seminary Square Park.  Named the “State Seminary”, Indiana University accepted its first class of students in 1825.  The school’s name was changed to Indiana College in 1829 and then to Indiana University in 1839.  Now, Indiana University is the flagship school in the Indiana University system of higher education and enrolls a student body of just under 50,000 students.  Indiana University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in Instructional Systems Technology degree is available to students at Indiana University.  In this program of study, students will gain an expertise in the variety of different instructional technologies available within the education field.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Indiana University campus to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Indiana University’s Doctorate of Education in Instructional Systems Technology degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $34,740

#14. Sam Houston State University

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The third oldest public university in the state of Texas, Same Houston State University is also one of the oldest teacher’s schools west of the Mississippi River.  Established in 1879, Sam Houston State University was founded in the city of Huntsville, Texas which is also the location that politician Sam Houston is buried.  Sam Houston State University is named in his honor.  Part of the Texas State University system, Sam Houston State university enrolls over 21,000 students.  Offering over 130 different programs of study, Sam Houston State University offers a wide variety of programs both on campus and online.  Sam Houston State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at Sam Houston State University are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Developmental Education Administration degree.  Through this program of study, students will become prepared to enter into the workforce as educators and to administer programs for colleges and universities.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Sam Houston State University campus in order to complete this program of study. A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Sam Houston State University’s Doctorate of Education in Developmental Education Administration degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $34,740

#15. Liberty University

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Founded in 1971, Liberty University was established under the guidance of Senior Pastor Jerry Falwell of the local Thomas Road Baptist Church.  Named originally the Lynchburg Baptist College, the school would eventually transform over the coming decades to become Liberty University.  Established with the goal of providing students with an opportunity for higher education with a Christian perspective, the school was named for its location within the city of Lynchburg, Virginia.  In 1985, the school’s name was changed to Liberty University after receiving university status.  Currently, Liberty University enrolls 15,000 students on its campus and an addition 100,000 students online.  Liberty University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education degree is offered to students at Liberty University.  By enrolling in this program, students will develop the skills needed to become effective leaders within the academic community.  Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to step into administrative roles within a variety of academic institutions.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Liberty University campus. A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Liberty University’s Doctorate of Education degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $35,700

#16. University of Northern Colorado

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In 1889, the governor of Colorado called for the creation of the State Normal School in order to create a place that would educate teachers that would go on to work within the state’s public schools.  By 1911, this school would grow and be renamed the Colorado State Teachers College.  At this point, the school began to offer students its first bachelor’s degrees.  Later the school would be renamed to Colorado State College of Education in 1935 and then the University of Northern Colorado in 1970.  Located in Greeley, Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado enrolls a student body of over 12,000 students. University of Northern Colorado is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Northern Colorado are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Innovation and Reform degree.  Through this program of study, students will learn leadership skills with an emphasis on effecting systemic change within academic institutions.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of North Colorado campus to complete this program of study. A minimum of 64 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Northern Colorado’s Doctorate of Education in Innovation and Education Reform degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $35,840

#17. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Known as “Nebraska” by most, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located within the city of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Upon receiving statehood, the Nebraska state legislature clued for the creation of a school known as the University of Nebraskas in 1869.  After amassing funds and land grants of the new school, construction began.  Four years later in 1874, the school began accepting its first class of students.  By the turn of the 20th century, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had become the fifteenth largest school in the country.  Now, the University of Nebraska-Linconln enrolls 25,000 students.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Educational Administration: Higher Education Leadership degree is available to students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Through this program of study, students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will gain the knowledge and insight necessary to become successful leaders within the field of education.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campus to complete this degree.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Doctorate of Educational Administration: Higher Education Leadership degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $36,540

#18. University of Florida

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Formed from the consolidation of three different schools, the oldest component part of the University of Florida dates back to 1853 with the founding of the East Florida Seminary in Ocala, Florida.  While its oldest component part, the East Florida Seminary didn’t begin to resemble the University of Florida until it had merged with the nearby East Florida Seminary.  At this point the school was renamed to the University of the State of Florida in 1905 and was founded in the town of Gainesville, Florida.  Now, the University of Florida is the eighth-largest campus in the nation and is home to 53,000 students.  University of Florida is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Florida are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Teaching Education degree.  Through this program of study students will learn how to tackle problems within a school and to effect change in a variety of different academic organizations.  This program is available entirely online and does not require students to visit the University of Florida campus to complete their degree.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Florida’s Doctorate of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Teaching Education degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $37,860

#19. Boston University

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Established in 1839, Boston University was originally known as the Newbury Bible Institute.  After receiving a charter from the Massachusetts Legislature, the school was renamed to Boston university.  Originally located in Vermont, the school moved to the center of Boston in 1867, prior to receiving its state charter.  Classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as having “very high research activity”, Boston University is highly-regarded as a premier research university.  Located in downtown Boston, Boston University enrolls a student body of nearly 33,000 students. Boston University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree is available to students at Boston University.  In this program of study, students will learn how to become leaders within an academic institution that is focused on musical education.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Boston University campus to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 48 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Boston University’s Doctorate of Musical Arts in Musical Education degree is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Tuition: $38,864

#20. East Tennessee State University

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Originally named the East Tennessee State Normal School, East Tennessee State University was established in the year 1911.  Founded as a place for teachers to train in order to prepare to teach the state’s K-12 population, the school quickly grew to add additional programs to its curriculum.  After receiving accreditation in 1925, the school was renamed to the East Tennessee Teachers College.  Over time, the school underwent additional name changes from East Tennessee State Teacher’s College, Johnson City, to East Tennessee State College, and then finally East Tennessee State University in 1963.  Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, East Tennessee State University enrolls 14,000 students. East Tennessee State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at East Tennessee State University are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree.  Through this program of study students will be prepared to serve as educational leaders of K-12 schools, community college, four-year college, and many other academic institutions.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the East Tennessee State University campus to complete this program.  A minimum of 54 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: East Tennessee State University’s Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $38,934

#21. City University of Seattle

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Established in 1973, the City University of Seattle was founded by Dr. Micheal A. Pastore. Originally, the vision for the school was to create a place of higher education that specialized in providing educational opportunities to adults who were currently employed.  Dr. Micheal A. Pastore believed that Seattle, Washington, was lacking in options for non-traditional students.  The school quickly proved to be a success and additional campuses began to pop up across the city.  Now, the City University of Seattle’s main campus is still located in Seattle, Washington and enrolls nearly 6,400 students.  City University of Seattle is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in Leadership degree is offered to students at the City University of Seattle.  Through this program of study students will be able to gain the skills needed to become leaders of a variety of different academic institutions.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the City University of Seattle campus to complete their studies.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: City University of Seattle’s Doctorate of Education in Leadership degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition: $41,160

#22. University of New England

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The largest educator of healthcare professionals in the state of Maine, the University of New England has also grown to become the largest private university within the state.  Founded in 1831, the University of New England was originally known as the Westbrook Seminary.  At this time, the school only enrolled boys, but would eventually become coeducational in 1967.  Founded in Biddeford, the school would eventually need to open additional campuses to accommodate for increased growth.  Currently, the University of New England offers over seventy different programs of study.  University of New England is a private institution.

Program Overview

At the University of New England, students are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree.  Through this program of study, students will gain the necessary knowledge and insight in order to navigate academic institutions and become leaders in their field in order to effect change.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of New England campus.  A minimum of 51 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of New England’s Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Tuition: $43,860

#23. George Fox University

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Founded by Quaker pioneers, George Fox University was originally known as the Friends Pacific Academy.  Created in 1885 in Newberg, Oregon, the school would eventually be renamed in 1891 to Pacific College.  In 1949, the school was renamed to George Fox College in honor of the founder of the Quaker movement. In the early 1990s, George Fox University became a pioneer in using technology in education when it began providing all of its students with laptop computers.  Still located Newberg, Oregon, George Fox University enrolls a student body of nearly 4,000 students.  George Fox University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree is offered to students at George Fox University.  In this program of study, students will gain the education needed to work as school leaders, district administrator, university faculty, and many other high-level positions within the field of academia.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the George Fox University campus for its completion.  A minimum of 56 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: George Fox University’s Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition: $43,904

#24. Arizona State University

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The Territorial Normal School was founded in Tempe, Arizona, and would eventually become Arizona State University.  Still located in Tempe, Arizona, Arizona State University has grown immensely and has added additional satellite campuses though out the state of Arizona.  In 2014, Arizona State University adopted the “New American University” model which called for the school to accept as many students as possible in order to foster their unique skills instead of being an exclusive school.  This led to Arizona State University becoming one of the largest school in the nation with a student body of 82,000.  Arizona State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at Arizona State University are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Leadership & Innovation degree.  Through this program of study students will gain experience in order to become educator-leaders.  This program is available entirely online. Students are not required to visit the Arizona State University campus in order to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Arizona State University’s Doctorate of Education in Leadership & Innovation degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $46,200

 

#25. Texas A&M University

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The Texas Legislature called for the establishment of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in 1871.  Eventually, this school would become the Texas A&M University of the modern day.  Accepting its first class of students in 1876, the school began to grow over the coming century.  In 1963, it was determined that the school would be renamed to Texas A&M University and the “A&M” would be symbolic of the school’s past as it’s curriculum had grown beyond merely agricultural and mechanics.  Located in College Station, Texas, Texas A&M University enrolls a student body of over 60,000 students.  Texas A&M University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Texas A&M University offers students a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree.  Through this program of study, students will gain the insight and knowledge needed to become educational leaders while focusing primarily on the development of curriculum courses for a variety of different academic institutions.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Texas A&M University campus. A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Texas A&M University’s Doctorate of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $46,500

#26. Concordia University Chicago

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Predating its official founding in the city of Addison, Illinois, Concordia University Chicago’s earliest history can be traced back to a teacher’s seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Founded in 1855, this seminary operated until 1864, at which point the school was moved to Addison, Illinois and was renamed to Concordia Teachers’ Seminary.  Concordia University Chicago is the oldest school within the Concordia University system.  The school underwent several name changes including Concordia Teachers College, Concordia College, and then finally Concordia University Chicago.  Currently located in River Forest, Illinois, Concordia University Chicago enrolls over 5,200 students. Concordia University Chicago is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at Concordia University Chicago are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree.  In this program of study, students will learn the leadership skills needed to become skills leaders of action within the field of academia.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Concordia University Chicago campus to complete their studies. A minimum of 61 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Concordia University Chicago’s Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $46,565

#27. Northeastern University

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The Evening Institute for Younger Men opened in 1868 and was the precursor to Northeastern University.  From its creation, Northeastern University’s goal was to offer students a wider variety of different flexible options for the pursuit of higher education.  Originally located in Boston, Massachusetts, Northeastern University has opened additional campuses including campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina; Seattle, Washington; and Silicon Valley, California.  Northeastern University has also received a “High Research Activity” designation by the Carnegie Classifications Institute of Higher Education.  Currently, over 25,000 students are enrolled at Northeastern University.  Northeastern University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education degree is available to students at Northeastern University.  In this program of study, students will work to develop skills in leadership, ethics, and management in order to become education leaders.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Northeastern University campus to complete their studies.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Northeastern University’s Doctorate of Education degree is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Tuition: $47,820

#28. Regent University

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Established in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent University was originally named the Christian Broadcast Network University.  Founded by Pat Robertson in 1977, the Christian Broadcast Network University would evolve over the coming decades to become Regent University.  Operating under its original name for thirteen years, the school was renamed to Regent University in 1990.  In 1997, the school began to offer a Master’s degree online making it one of the first school’s to do so.  Now, Regent University offers seventy different courses and enrolls 6,100 students.  Regent University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at Regent University are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education degree.  In this program of study students will gain the knowledge and wisdom needed to serve and elevate education to the highest levels.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Regent University campus at any point during their studies to complete this program.  A minimum of 66 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Regent University’s Doctorate of Education degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $51,150

#29. Lipscomb University

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David Lipscomb and James A. Harding founded Lipscomb University in 1891.  Originally known as the Nashville Bible School, the school would undergo many changes over the course of the next two centuries.  Eventually, the school was renamed to David Lipscomb College in honor of its founder David Lipscomb.  The school’s name changed again to David Lipscomb University and then to just Lipscomb University in 2005.  Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Lipscomb University enrolls a students body of just over 4,600 students and offers a wide array of educational opportunities.  Lipscomb University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education degree is available to students at Lipscomb University.  Through this program of study, students will learn the necessary skills and information needed to become leaders in the field of academia.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Lipscomb University campus to complete this course of study.  A minimum of 54 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Lipscomb University’s Doctorate of Education degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $51,462

#30. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota is one of the state’s premier public universities.  The oldest school within the University of Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities has grown over the years to become the largest school in the system.  Known for its high-quality of education, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is one of America’ Public Ivy universities and is also a R1 Doctoral University per the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.  Located in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities enrolls just under 50,000 students.  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor in Comparative and International Development degree is available to students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  Throughout this program, students will learn how to lead and effect change in international education communities.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus in order to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 61 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities’ Doctor in Comparative and International Development Education degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $51,744

#31. Gwynedd Mercy University

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Founded in Gwynedd Valley, Gwynedd Mercy University was originally established as Gywnedd-Mercy College.  Established in 1948, the school was originally founded by the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Merion.  Functioning as a women’s junior college, the school eventually began to admit men in 1973.  In 2013, the school received university status and the name was changed to Gwynedd Mercy University.  Located in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, Gwynedd Mercy University enrolls a student population of just under 2,700 students. Gwynedd Mercy University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at Gwynedd Mercy University are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership degree. In this program of study, students will gain leadership skills, while studying morals and ethics in order to become strong leaders of academic institutions.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Gwynedd Mercy University campus to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 54 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Gwynedd Mercy University’s Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership degree is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Tuition: $52,110

#32. Michigan State University

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Governor Kinsley S. Bingham of Michigan called for the establishment of the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan making Michigan home to the United States’ first agricultural college.  Originally, the school only admitted men but in 1870 the school became coeducational.  In 1909, the school was renamed to Michigan Agricultural College, then to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science in 1925, then Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science in 1955, and then finally Michigan State University in 1964.  Located in East Lansing, Michigan, Michigan State University enrolls a student body of over 50,000.  Michigan State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology is offered to students at Michigan State University.  In this program students will learn about the development of human learning and the ways that technology can be used to improve and supplement education.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Michigan State University campus to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 66 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Michigan State University’s Doctorate of Education in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $54,780

#33. Lamar University

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Founded in 1923, Lamar University was originally known as South Park Junior College.  Established by Louis R. Pietzsch, the school was originally located on the third floor of the South Park High School.  Operating out of this location for the next three years, the state of Texas eventually grated the school the ability to give degrees and it was renamed to Lamar College.  Named after Mirabeau B. Lamar, the second President of the Republic of Texas, Lamar College moved to its own campus.  By 1942, Lamar College was completely out of South Park High School and was operating independently.  In 1995, the school was incorporated by the state.  Located in Beaumont, Texas, Lamar University has a student body of 15,000 students. Lamar University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree is offered to students at Lamar University.  Through this program of study, students will become equipped as future education leaders to act as agents of change on the local, national, and international scale.  This program is available entirely online. Students are not required to visit the Lamar University campus to complete their studies.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Lamar University’s Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $55,440

#34. Texas Tech University

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To remedy the lack of institutes of higher education in West Texas, plans were set in motion to design, secure funding, and establish a new college within the area during the 1880s.  After four decades of work, the Texas Legislature passed a bill calling for the creation of a new branch of Texas A&M.  This branch would be located in Abilene, Texas.  However, these plans never came to fruition.  Citizens of Abilene, Texas became infuriated over the lack of follow through on the plan and demanded an entirely new school be created in the city.  In 1923, Texas Technological College opened in Lubbock County.  Currently known as Texas Tech University, the school now enrolls 37,000 students.  Texas Tech University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at Texas Tech University are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education degree.  In this program, students will continue their education to the highest degree in preparation for leadership positions within the field of academia.  This program of study is available entirely online. Students are not required to visit the Texas Tech University campus to complete this course of study.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Texas Tech University’s Doctorate of Education in Higher Education degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $59,880

#35. University of South Florida

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Dubbed a Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Research University, the University of South Florida has garnered a reputation of being among the upper-echelon of research universities.  Due to its high activity of research, the University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top patent holders.  Founded in 1965, the University of South Florida was originally operated out of the defunct Henderson Air Field. Now, the school has grown to become the fourth-largest university in the state.  With a student body of more than 48,000 students, the University of South Florida maintains its main campus in Tampa Bay, and two additional campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota.  Over 200 different degree programs are offered.  University of South Florida is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Career and Workforce Education degree is available to students the University of South Florida.  In this program of study, students will study education environments as well as leadership skills in order to learn the best ways to affect change within these institutions.  This program is available entirely online. Students are not required to visit the University of South Florida to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 70 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of South Florida’s Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Career and Workforce Education degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $60,900

#36. University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa was signed into existence through legislation written by Maui Representative William Coelho.  The school underwent a few different name changes over the years.  In 1912, the school was renamed to the College of Hawaii and moved to its current location.  In 1920, the school was renamed the University of Hawaii and then to the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the University of Hawaii at Manoa enrolls a student body of just over 20,000s students and offers nearly 200 different programs of study.  University of Hawaii at Manoa is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy in Learning Design & Technology degree is offered to students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  In this program of study, students will learn how to design a variety of different curriculums for different institutions.  Students will also learn how to leverage new technologies for educational purposes.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s campus.  A minimum of 40 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Doctor of Philosophy in Learning Design & Technology degree is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Tuition: $61,280

#37. Creighton University

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Founded in 1878, Creighton University was established through a donation by Mary Lucretia Creighton.  She donated money for the founding of the school under the stipulation that the school would be named after her late husband, Edward Creighton.  Operating as both an university and preparatory school originally, the two different school’s were separated in 1958.  Located in Omaha, Nebraska, Creighton University is now home to a student body of just over 8,400 students.  Creighton University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at Creighton University are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership degree.  In this program, students will learn a variety of different skills and tactics necessary to becoming strong intellectual leaders within the education community.  This program is available entirely online. Students are not required to visit the Creighton University campus in order to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Creighton University’s Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $61,500

#38. Benedictine University

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In 1901, the State of Illinois granted a charter for the establishment of a high school and a college within the city of Lisle, Illinois.  In time, the high school would separate off and become Benet Academy, and the college – St. Procopius College – would transform to become Benedictine University.  Founded by a group of Benedictine monks, St. Procopius College was founded in 1887.  Maintaining a close relationship with the Benedictine Order, the school was named after St. Procopius Abbey.  In 1971, the school was renamed to Illinois Benedictine College and then simplified to Benedictine University. Now the school offers fifty-six different degree programs and is home to 3,300 students.  Benedictine University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in Higher Education is offered to students at Benedictine University.  In this program of study, students will work to gain a deeper understanding of leadership skills necessary for success as leader in the field of academia and education.  This program is made available to students entirely online.  Benedictine University does not require students to visit their campus to complete this degree.  A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Benedictine University’s Doctorate of Education in Higher Education degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $62,400

#39. Union Institute & University

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The President of Goddard College called for the assembly of nine different leaders of liberal art institutions in 1964 to discuss the future of innovation in education.  During this gathering, the group formed the Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education.  The goal of this group was to push the boundaries of education to find better ways to teach.  Using the various strengths of the institutions that made up the group, the University Without Walls was formed.  By 1975, this group had grown to include thirty-four different institutions.  However, the group disbanded in 1982 and the University Without Walls was rebranded to the Union Institute.  Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Union Institute and University offers a wide variety of different educational opportunities.  Union Institute & University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at the Union Institute & University are able to enroll in a Doctorate of Education Studies degree.  This program of study has students achieving the highest level of education and training available for those seeking to become leaders in the field of education.  Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to enter into leadership roles within the field of academia.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Union Institute & University to complete this program.  A minimum of 66 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Union Institute & University’s Doctorate of Education Studies degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $65,274

#40. Nova Southeastern University

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Ranked highly by the Carnegie Foundation for its efforts in research, Nova Southeastern University is among the United States’ top research universities.  Accepting its first class of students in 1964, Nova Southeastern University’s original campus was located on the site of an abandoned Naval Outlying Field that had laid dormant since World War II.  Offering only graduate courses at first, the school’s curriculum slowly expanded to encompass other degrees.  To accommodate for student population growth, Nova Southeastern University moved its campus to Davie, Florida.  The school also opened additional satellite campuses throughout the state.  Now, the school is home to over 25,000 students and offers 175 different programs of study.  Nova Southeastern University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree is available to students at Nova Southeastern University.  In this program, students will guide students in the gaining of leadership skills in preparation for roles such as principal, school administrator, superintendent, and much more.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Nova Southeastern University campus in order to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 54 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Nova Southeastern University’s Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $68,040