Best Online Doctorates in Education: Students Before Profits Award 2015-2016

Best Online Doctorates in Education: Students Before Profits Award 2015-2016The Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

For our 2015/2016 Online Doctorate in Education award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.


This ranking includes both Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs in education.  Though both terminal, doctoral level degrees, the Ed.D. and Ph.D. in Education typically differ slightly in their focus.  The Ed.D. will focus more on educational administration and scholarly practice and students typically focus their research on narrow and particular practices and policies that affect state or regional educational institutions.  The Ed.D. student will not necessarily develop new research, but will rather focus on analysis of existing research to inform practice around specific educational problems and issues.  The Ph.D. is largely focused on research and scholarship and has a broader and deeper emphasis on theory and methodology.  Students in Ph.D. programs are more likely to research policy and trends on the national or international level.  Both programs, however, will prepare the student for academic, research, administrative, clinical or professional positions in educational, civil, private organizations or public institutions.

Affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status are our primary criteria when it comes to ranking these programs, however, many of these programs are consistently ranked among the top by other national publications and we believe they deserve to be considered among the best online doctorate in education programs available.


Note that tuition rates listed below are based on cost per credit and individual programs may have additional fees.  Also, our tuition figures have not taken into account scholarships and grants offered through the specific degree granting institutions.  Prospective students will want to use due diligence in investigating these funding opportunities as many programs offer generous financial aid to doctoral students.

#1. University of Arkansas—Fayetteville

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The University of Arkansas is a public research university founded in 1871 and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a university with very high research activity, a distinction which only two percent of universities and colleges nationwide have received.  Enrolling over 25,000 students the U of A is the largest University of the Arkansas University System. U of A ranks #128 in Best National Universities and #63 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership offered through the University of Arkansas online consists of primarily online coursework with just three weekend intensives on campus at Fayetteville. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Arkansas requires students to have an Ed.S. degree for admission. Students may, however, enter with a master’s degree and also complete the Ed.S. coursework through the program. Students entering with a Master’s degree will be required to complete at least 60 credits of coursework for completion of the Ed.D, while students entering with an Ed.S. will only need to complete 36 credits.

Accreditation: The University of Arkansas—Fayetteville is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Its education programs are recognized by  the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Tuition: $14,500 – $25,000

#2. University of the Cumberlands

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A private liberal arts college located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, the University of the Cumberlands enrolls just over 3,000 students. The school was established in 1889 as Williamsburg Institute with the intention of providing higher education to the Kentucky mountainous area. More recently known as Cumberland College -until 2005 – the University of the Cumberlands has long been associated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Faculty and students prioritize and adhere to traditional Baptist tenets.

Program Overview
The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership offered at the University of Cumberlands is available entirely online and completable in less than three years. The program is focused on addressing today’s educational issues through development of advanced practitioner skills rooted in sound research methodologies. Students will take core course work in administrative leadership and choose a specialty area for focused course work, such as business, counseling, education, English, history, math, psychology or religion.  A minimum of 60 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: The University of the Cumberlands is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $22,500

#3. University of Colorado Denver

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The largest research institution in Colorado, the University of Colorado Denver is the largest research institution in the state. The university had its beginnings in 1883 as a medical branch of the University of Colorado in Boulder, and by 1910 the school was granted an allowance to permanently relocate to Denver and combine with the Denver and Gross Medical College. Subsequently, the school is especially renowned for its programs in biomedical sciences, developmental biology, oncology and cancer biology, structural biology, toxicology, and human and medical genetics. UC Denver has been recognized by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Modern Healthcare, Forbes, and The Scientist.

Program Overview
CU Denver offers a Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity through hybrid online/face-to-face format.  The program is designed to strengthen students knowledge as educational leaders, while positioning them to work successfully in a variety of educational contexts including P-20 schools, community colleges, public/private universities and educational non-profits. The program requires 54 credits of coursework in three areas: Equity and Diversity, Leadership and Learning, and the students chosen area of concentration.

Accreditation: The University of Colorado Denver is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $23,058

#4. New Mexico State University

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New Mexico State University – also known as NMSU-Las Cruces or New Mexico State – is a research university located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The school was founded in 1888 to teach agriculture and is the oldest public institution of higher learning in New Mexico. Home to New Mexico’s NASA Space Grant Program, the university now enrolls over 18,000 students from the United States and 71 other countries on a 6,000 acre campus.

Program Overview
New Mexico State University offers several options for online/face-to-face hybrid study leading to a doctorate in education.  The Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (ELDP) or the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.  The ELDP will offer coursework designed to accommodate educational administration professionals, focus on social justice and border issues, provide experiences based on the concept that research and theory support practice and will require either 66 or 84 credits depending on whether the student is pursuing the Ed.D. or the Ph.D.  The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to guide doctoral students in developing a sound theoretical background in curriculum and instruction and to apply these theoretical perspectives to the design, implementation and evaluation of learning environments. Doctoral students are encouraged to explore innovative pedagogical and leadership approaches to solve educational problems in a variety of educational settings and requires 48 credits for completion with the required prerequisite of a Master’s degree.  Though distance learning programs, both will require substantially more face-to-face time than many other degrees in this ranking.

Accreditation: New Mexico State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition
In-State: $13,200 – $23,100
Out-of-State: $13,968-$24,444

#5. University of West Georgia

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Enrolling over 11,700 students, the University of West Georgia is a comprehensive university located in Carrollton, Georgia which offers extensive off campus study options in several locations throughout the state of Georia and at Georgia Highland College in Rome. The was founded in 1906 and is best known for having had a peacful integration of its campus in 1963 without court order by inviting Lillian Williams, a young black woman, to attend the college. The University of West Georgia is ranked #92 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #47 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
University of West Georgia’s online Ed.D. in School Improvement offers a unique  opportunity for educators looking for an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based doctoral program that prepares graduates to become the next generation of change agents. Graduates will strategically and collaboratively plan, design, implement, and document the impact of educational improvements that promote and increase the academic achievement and social development of all students. All course work is completed online (asynchronously), but students travel to campus for two long weekends – an orientation and a dissertation boot camp. Students can choose from seven concentrations including School Counseling, Educational Leadership, K-12 Online Learning, Instructional Technology, Reading, Media Specialist, and Special Education, or they can design their own area of concentration.

Accreditation: The University of West Georgia is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $24,720

#6. Indiana University—Bloomington

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Indiana University is a multi-campus university system with its flagship campus located in Bloomington, Indiana. Established in 1820, IU Bloomington is the largest institution in the IU system with over 40,000 students. The university has been recognized by the US News & World Report, The Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Global University Ranking, USA Today, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the Princeton Review, and Newsweek, and is considered a Public Ivy. In 2001, Time named IU Bloomington its “College of the Year.”

Program Overview
Students can earn an Ed.D. in Instructional Systems Technology through IUconnectED, Indiana University’s branch of its School of Education. The program prepares practitioners and researchers to design and build processes, systems, and services for use in various settings. All course work can be completed online; however, students are required to travel to the IU campus for at least one Instructional Systems Technology conference, as well as for their comprehensive exams and dissertation defense. 60 credits at minimum are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Indiana University Bloomington is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $24,960

#7. University of Alabama

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Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the University of Alabama is the flagship university of the University of Alabama System. Established in 1831 and enrolling over 36,100 students, UA is the oldest and largest university in the state. As one of the first universities established in the early 19th century southwestern frontier of the United States, UA has made a great impact on the region and the nation. The school was a center of activity during the US Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. UA offers degree programs in 13 academic divisions leading to bachelor’s, master’s, Education Specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Program Overview
The Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators at the University of Alabama is a blended online and face-to-face program of study requiring some weekend classes.  Though it may be possible to complete this program while not living near one of UA’s distance learning centers the blended format assumes some proximity for the completion of some weekend coursework not delivered online. Courses are designed and taught collaboratively by Nursing and Education faculty to ensure that students develop the teaching skills, research base, curricular knowledge, and technological expertise needed by faculty in community college and university settings.  A minimum of 72 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: The University of Alabama is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $25,920

#8. Sam Houston State University

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SHSU is a public doctoral research university located in Huntsville, Texas. The university was founded in 1879 as teachers college and is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Texas. SHSU gained university status in 1967 and is now a comprehensive university and part of the Texas State University System. The school enrolls over 19,500 students and offers over 160 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, including over 20 online programs of study.

Program Overview
Sam Houston State University, offers two online Ed.D. degrees: the Doctorate in Developmental Education Administration and a Doctorate in Instructional Technology. Students in the former program will be prepared to create and lead academic support programs in higher education settings, while the later prepares students to lead technology integration and instruction in a variety of instructional and educational settings. Both degrees enroll students once per year and can be completed entirely online in as few as three and a half years and require a minimum of 60 credits for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Sam Houston State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $23,886 – $27,360

#9. Arizona State University

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Enrolling over 73,000 students on campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona State University is the largest public university in the United States by enrollment. The university was founded as the Territorial Normal School at Tempe in 1885 for the preparation of teachers in the region. ASU is ranked in numerous Best Colleges categories by U.S. News including #2 in Up and Coming Schools #142 in Top National Universities, and #73 in Top Public Schools. Arizona State also maintains an extensive online school, offering numerous degrees and certificates at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Program Overview
The Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation offered through the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University is available online.  The program is designed for practicing educator-leaders who work in a range of settings and want to transform and better their practice and create better learning opportunities for students of all ages.  Through coursework, students deepen their abilities to lead change and implement innovation in their local educational organizations. The program is not designed to prepare students for academic research-oriented tenure-track positions.  The program requires a minimum of 54 credits for completion and offers several options for six additional credits of advanced professional studies.

Accreditation: Arizona State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $26,568 – $29,520

#10. University of Florida

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The University of Florida is a major research institution located in the north Florida college town of Gainesville. This school is the oldest public university in the state and has a ranking of 17 on the U.S. News and World Report list of the top twenty national public universities. The Princeton Review finds the school the seventh best value in public education. With over 50,000 students, the campus is quite impressive in size and scope. There are 16 different colleges set on the main campus. Students can choose from a wide selection of online degree programs ranging from Bachelors to Doctorates.

Program Overview
University of Florida, offers an Ed.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction with two concentrations available: Educational Technology and Curriculum, Teaching and Teacher Education. In addition to online course work, the Educational Technology program requires one weekend orientation visit and two week-long summer campus experiences. The CTTE concentration requires three visits per year.  Requirements for the degree include 90 hours beyond a bachelor’s degree, so students who do not possess a master’s degree will need to complete 30 credits in addition to the 60 credits that comprise the program.

Accreditation: The University of Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $29,400

#11. Northwest Nazarene University

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Located in Nampa, Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University is a private, nonprofit Christian liberal-arts University affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene.  The school has been through many transformations since the time of its founding in 1913 and currently enrolls over 2,000 students in over 70 different programs of study at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels.  NNU was the first Nazarene affiliated university to gain accreditation in 1937 and is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top Masters level universities in the west.

Program Overview
A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is available through Northwest Nazarene University in an online format. Both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. are concentrated on the area of educational leadership; however, each has a specific focus. The Ed.D. focuses on research on particular practices or policies that affect state or regional schools or school systems; this degree is concerned with application to professional practice in K- 12 education. The Ph.D. focuses on research of national or international trends or large-scale practices in the field of education. It requires five credits in research beyond the requirements of the Ed.D. program. Both the Ed.D. and the Ph.D. require the completion of an Educational Specialist degree or equivalent OR students with prior doctoral-level coursework can be admitted. A minimum of 30 credits are required for the Ed.D while 35 credits are required for completion of the Ph.D.

Accreditation: Northwest Nazarene University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $14,100 – $16,450 (with prior possession of an Ed.S.)

#12. Boise State University

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Founded as Boise Junior College in 1932 by the Episcopal Church, the school has since grown to be the largest educational institution in the state of Idaho enrolling over 22,000 students. Boise State offers programs of study in nearly 200 areas of interest through seven colleges. U.S. News ranks BSU #65 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #21 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Boise State University offers a fully online Ed.D. in Educational Technology. Designed with working professionals in mind, the degree requires no on-campus components and course work is primarily delivered asynchronously with occasional synchronous components.  Students in the program explore the use of current and emerging technologies for effective and efficient teaching in a dynamic, global society. Areas of particular focus will include online teaching and learning, technology integration, academic technology leadership, innovative teaching in K-12 and higher education, educational software development for the web and mobile platforms, and educational games and simulations.  A minimum of 66 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Boise State University is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $31,416

#13. University of Minnesota

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Located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, the University of Minnesota is a public research university and the flagship campus of the University of Minnesota System.  The university was founded in 1851  and today enrolls over 51,100 students, making it the sixth largest university in terms of student population of any university in the United States.  U of M is ranked among the top 25 research universities in the nation by the Center for Measuring University Performance.

Program Overview
The University of Minnesota’s Ph.D. in International Education degree program is delivered through a hybrid online/on-campus model wherein the cohort meets together for courses offered during a three-week summer session at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN) campus. During fall and spring semesters, courses are offered via the Internet. This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of international educators. Students who enroll have completed a master’s degree and are typically working or seeking to work as administrators, faculty members, or other professionals in colleges and universities or other international organizations.  A minimum of 83 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: The University of Minnesota is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $31,688

#14. Southeastern University

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Southeastern University is a private Christian liberal arts university located in Lakeland, Florida. It was established in 1935 in New Brockton, Alabama as a Bible college, relocated to Lakeland in 1946, and became a liberal arts college in 1970. The school has four colleges and is the largest Assemblies of God educational institution in the United States. The university offers  degree programs at the bachelors masters, and doctoral levels and offers a variety of its programs through an online format.

Program Overview
Southeastern University’s Ed.D. in Leadership, includes multiple specializations including: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership in K-12 schools, Educational Leadership in Christian Schools, Organizational Leadership, and Higher Education Administration. Most of the course work is completed online. While the program does require three visits to campus for two-week summer classes, Southeastern provides free housing for students during the intensives to cut down on travel costs. A minimum of 66 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Southeastern University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $33,000

#15. Liberty University

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Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the Reverend Jerry Falwell. It has long been considered a Christian academic community, the institution’s stated intention being the development of both the intellectual and spiritual nature. When including the number of online matriculated students (90,000 as of May 2013), Liberty University is the nation’s largest private nonprofit university and the world’s largest Evangelical Christian university.

Program Overview
Liberty University offers online Ed.D. degrees in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. The program offers advanced training for individuals seeking a role in higher education. With the purpose of developing skilled and effective leaders, the program is a model of high academic standards and leadership in education.Students complete the majority of coursework online, but attend three summer week-long intensive courses on campus.  Both programs require a minimum of 60 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $34,200

#16. University of Northern Colorado

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Established in 1889 as the State Normal School of Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado is a public research university located in Greeley, Colorado, with a strong background in teacher education. The university offers over 100 undergraduate programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, business, human sciences, and education all with a strong emphasis in liberal arts education. The university offers nearly 50 graduate programs primarily in education. 

Program Overview
University of Northern Colorado’s School of Teacher Education offers an Ed.D. in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Innovation and Education Reform, allowing students to focus on educational change and improvement in their unique settings.  Coursework is delivered asynchronously online, but  the program will also require three week-long summer residencies at the Loveland, Colorado campus. Doctoral students are admitted in cohorts once every two years. A minimum of 64 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: The University of Northern Colorado is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $34,880

#17. Indiana State University

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Indiana State University is a public, doctoral research university located in Terre Haute, Indiana. The school was founded in 1865 as a “Normal School” for the preparation of teachers in the region and gained university status in 1965. ISu offers over 100 different programs of study at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels and enrolls over 13,100 students.

Program Overview
Indiana State University offers a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a specialization in School Administration (K-12 District Leadership). The program is delivered through a blended online education program using a combination of interactive online sessions augmented by four required face-to-face sessions in ISU regional area. This program is cohort based and set up in a regional location in Indiana.   Applicants must hold and Ed.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution for admission into this program and is intended for students who desire a terminal degree preparing them to be scholar/practitioner leaders. The program requires a minimum of 72 credits

Accreditation: Indiana State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition
In-State: $27,936
Out-of-State: $34,920

#18. Boston University

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Boston University is a private, nonsectarian research university founded in 1839 as the Newbury Bible Institute in Newbury, Vermont. The school went through a number of changes before relocating to Boston in 1847. The university boasts many notable alumni and academics including Helen Magill White, the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from an American university; Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone; American Civil Rights Movement Leader Martin Luther King, Jr.; poets Robert Lowell and Robert Pinsky; Elie Wiesel, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, Holocaust survivor, activist, and Jewish-American professor; and Pulitzer Prize winner and author Jhumpa Lahiri. Seven Nobel Laureates and 35 Pulitzer Prize winners are among BU’s faculty and graduates.

Program Overview
Boston University’s College of Fine Arts offers an online program of study leading to a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education. The program includes a strong focus on music theory and musicology and techniques for applying them in the classroom, and seeks to prepare educators to accomplish their personal and professional goals. The coursework phase of the program includes 44 credits which can be completed within 24 months of continuous study. Following this phase, students are required to complete a week- long residency followed by their dissertation work.  A total of 48 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Boston University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $35,568

#19. Lamar University

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Lamar University is a public research university that was founded in 1918 in Beaumont, Texas. Lamar enrolls over 14,200 students annually and is one of 29 public universities nationally classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission of Higher Education.

Program Overview
Lamar University’s College of Education and Human Development offers an online or hybrid Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. The program has a strong emphasis in global development and leadership as well as multiculturalism. The program can be completed in 4 years of continuous study including summer sessions and requires 60 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Lamar University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition
In-State: $13,800
Out-of-State: $37,200

#20. University of South Carolina

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Located in Columbia, South Carolina, the University of South Carolina is a public research university classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an institution with “very high research activity.” Founded in 1801, it is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina system and it offers more than 350 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.  The university enrolls over 47,700 students.

Program Overview
The University of South Carolina offers an online Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction designed for professional educators who want to excel as curriculum specialists in PK-12, higher education institutions or in the private sector. Online courses are offered asynchronously in 8-week blocks and the Ed.D. degree can be completed in four years. Students can also choose from multiple start dates throughout the year to apply and begin the program and no campus visits are required. Tuition and fees range from 28,204 for South Carolina residents to 37,580 for others.

Accreditation: The University of South Carolina is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition
In-State: $28,400
Out-of-State: $37,760

#21. Texas Tech University

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Texas Tech University is a public research university located in Lubbock, Texas and is the leading institution in the Texas Tech University System. The school was established in 1923 and was originally known as Texas Technological College. The university enrolls over 35,100 students and offers degrees in more than 150 areas of study. The university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with high research activity and has ongoing research projects in areas of epidemiology, pulsed power, grid computing, nano photonics, atmospheric sciences, and wind energy.

Program Overview
The Ed.D. in Higher Education offered through Texas Tech University is available via online course work and once per year intensive on-campus visits. The program includes concentration options in Community College Administration and Higher Education College/University Students must hold a master’s degree in any discipline and 3 years professional experience in an accredited 2 or 4 year institution of higher education to be considered for Admission.  46,600 for the degree (residents of Texas qualify for reduced in-state tuition).

Accreditation: Texas Tech University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition
In-State: $16,200
$Out-of-State: $39,600

#22. George Fox University

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George Fox University is a Quaker affiliated university located in Newberg, Oregon with satellite campuses in Portland, Salem, and Redmond.  Founded in 1885, the university now enrolls over 3,500 students in bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs. The university is a participant in the Richter Scholars program, which sponsors 15-25 students per year to perform original research.

Program Overview
George Fox University’s online/low-residency Ed.D. in Educational Leadership includes three available concentrations: P-20 instructional design and development, P-12 administration, and higher education and is designed to develop leaders with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to inspire, educate, and serve others effectively for the common good. Most coursework is completable online, but students will be expected to visit campus once per summer for two-week classes.

Accreditation: George Fox University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $41,272

#23. University of New England

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The University of New England is a nonprofit university with campuses in Biddeford, Maine, Portland, Maine, and Tangiers, Morocco founded in 1939. The university currently enrolls more than 9,300 students and is ranked #87 by U.S. News Best Regional Universities (North).

Program Overview
The University of New England offers an online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. The program focuses on transformative leadership, and will prepare students to transform self, organization, and community through focused, flexible study. The degree can be completed entirely online with mostly asynchronous, but some synchronous coursework.  51 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: The University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $41,820

#24. Northeastern University

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Northeastern University was founded in 1898 as the “Evening Institute for Younger Men” at a YMCA in Boston, Massachusetts. It is now an increasingly competitive and esteemed private research university. Northeastern University’s online school offers over 70 certificates and degree programs that adhere to the rigorous academic standards of the on-ground campus.

Program Overview
Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies offers a Doctor of Education with concentrations in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, Higher Education Administration, and Organizational Leadership Studies.  The program is designed to be completed in three to four years of study, following a fast-paced quarter system rather than the traditional semester schedule. Most students take two classes per quarter in a mix of foundations, research methods, electives, and classes from their chosen concentration. Students enroll in the thesis seminar to work on their doctoral thesis after fulfilling their course requirements.  While all most coursewokr can be completed online, some (possibly extended) face-to-face study time will be required on the campus in Boston. A minimum of 60 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Northeastern University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $43,800

#25. East Tennessee State University

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Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, East Tennessee State University is part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system of colleges and universities. The school is the fourth largest university in the state, and has been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of America’s Best Value Colleges. ETSU is known for its unique program offerings, including their Appalachian Studies program; their undergraduate degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music; and the nation’s only master’s degree in Storytelling.

Program Overview
East Tennessee State University’s online Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare individuals to serve as educational leaders in K-12 schools, community/technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and other organizations/agencies that offer educational programs and services. The program includes three concentration options: Administrative Endorsement, Post Secondary and Private Sector Leadership, and School Leadership. All programs are offered entirely online and students can begin the program at multiple points throughout the year. Online course work is mainly asynchronous with some possible synchronous meetings. A minimum of 66 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: East Tennessee State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition
In-State: $35,772
Out-of-State: $45,408

#26. Concordia University Chicago

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Concordia University Chicago is a private liberal arts university in the Lutheran tradition located in the Chicago suburb of River Forest, Illinois.  The university was founded in 1864 and enrolls over 5,200 students. The school was founded as a teacher’s seminary and to this day, education remains Concordia’s largest academic program.

Program Overview
At Concordia University Chicago, online students can earn an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Leadership and choose from a wide variety of specializations including Educational Technology, Community Colleges, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Higher Education, Health and Human Performance, Organizational Leadership, Reading, Language and Literacy, Special Education, and Teacher Leadership. Specializations in sports leadership and gerontology leadership are particularly unique to Concordia-Chicago’s program.  Between 61 and 67 credits are required for completion of the degree depending on whether the Ed.D. or Ph.D. is being pursued.

Accreditation: Concordia University—Chicago is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $42,395 -$46,565

#27. Gwynedd Mercy University

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Gwynedd Mercy University is a Catholic university located in  the Lower Gwynedd Township, Pennsylvania, 25 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. In addition to the Gwynedd Valley campus, Gwynedd Mercy also has locations in Philadelphia, East Norriton and Bensalem, Pennsylvania.  Gwynedd Mercy University was founded in 1948, as Gwynedd-Mercy College, by the Sisters of Mercy as a junior college. In 1963 the college was rechartered as a baccalaureate institution. As of 2012, Gwynedd Mercy University had a student enrollment of 2700 and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” publication as one of the top master’s-level colleges and universities in the north region.

Program Overview
Gwynedd Mercy University offers a Doctorate in Educational Leadership in an accelerated format combining online coursework and three on-ground residencies.  The program is designed to help students develop the disposition, knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in leadership roles at schools in the U.S. or abroad and includes concentration options in Higher Education, P-12 Schools and Districts, and Special Education. A minimum of 54 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Gwynedd Mercy University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition: $47,250

#28. University of Nebraska—Lincoln

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Founded in 1869 the University of Nebraska in Lincoln is the oldest university in Nebraska and is the flagship university of the University of Nebraska System. UNL is recognized for having produced significant, groundbreaking research in the agricultural sciences and ecological studies. The university enrolls over 24,600 students.

Program Overview
University of Nebraska—Lincoln’s Department of Educational Administration offers an online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education in which all course work may be completed online. The program is designed to prepare students for professional practice and to help develop the leadership and analytical skills needed to confront difficult problems of practice in P-20 education, higher education, community colleges, or other educational institutions. Students work with an advisor to develop a concentration and those interested in community college leadership may complete a certificate in that area through additional coursework.  A master’s degree is required for admission into the program and depending upon the particular master the student possesses the doctoral requirements may differ, but will typically be about 66 credits of course work.

Accreditation: The University of Nebraska—Lincoln is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition
In-state: $23,100
Out-of-State: $47,850

#29. Lipscomb University

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Lipscomb University is a private, nonprofit, liberal arts university in Nashville, Tennessee. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ denomination. The university was founded in 1891 as a Christian liberal-arts college and today enrolls over 4,500 students.  Lipscomb offers a handful of study abroad programs, which the university terms global learning. The University has several students active in the “Students for International Peace and Justice,” and the faculty began the Center for International Peace and Justice “to promote awareness and understanding of international affairs, particularly as they relate to questions of peace, security and justice.”

Program Overview
Libpscomb University’s College of Education offers an online Ed.D. in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change focused on preparing leaders for public and private organizations and academic settings.  Most course work is completed online, though students will need to participate in three on-campus intensives (one each year of the program) as well as an on-campus visit for defense of the students capstone research project.  The program requires a minimum of 54 credits for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Lipscomb University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $50,436

#30. Michigan State University

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Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, Michigan on a 10,000 acre campus. Founded in 1855, Michigan State was the first American land-grant institution under the Morrill Act of 1862 and served as a model for other land-grant schools. The seventh-largest university in the United States, MSU is considered a “Public Ivy” and is relatively selective and discerning in its admissions process.

Program Overview
Michigan State University’s College of Education offers a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology geared to produce scholars and leaders in the study of human learning and development and/or in the development and study of diverse technologies supporting learning and teaching.  The program includes a hybrid option of study which is completed mostly online, but with two-week summer intensives during each summer of the 5 years of the program.  A minimum of 66 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Michigan State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Tuition: $50,688

#31. Texas A&M University

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Located in College Station, Texas, Texas A&M University is the fourth largest university in the United States and is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System.  The school was founded in 1876 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, but originally offered no classes in agriculture concentrating instead on classical studies, language, literature, and applied mathematics.  Today the university enrolls over 62,000 students and offers degrees in over 150 courses of study.  Texas A&M University has consistently been ranked a top research university by multiple national and international publications and has formal research exchange agreements with over 100 institutions in 40 countries ranking it 13th in universities with research exchange agreements abroad and student participation in study abroad programs.

Program Overview
Texas A&M University offers an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction online.  The program is designed for students interested in leading curriculum development at the K-12 level with an emphasis on developing educational leadership knowledge and skills in curriculum and instruction. Students can complete the degree in three and half years to four years and requires a minimum of 60 credits for completion. and estimated tuition and fees are $47,640. In lieu of a dissertation Ed.D. students complete a record of study that utilizes research to approach a practical problem of significance in their chosen professional setting.

Accreditation: Texas A&M University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition
In-State: $25,920
Out-of-State: $51,329

#32. Concordia University Portland

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A private, nonprofit, liberal arts university in the Lutheran tradition, Concordia University, Portland is located in Portland, Oregon with satellite campuses across the state of Oregon.  The school opened in 1905 as a college preparatory academy and added college classes in 1950.  The university enrolls over 7,200 students between its multiple campuses an in online programs of study.

Program Overview
Concordia University—Portland offers Doctor of Education degrees in four areas: Educational Administration, Teacher Leadership, Higher Education, and Transformational Leadership, geared toward the practice of informed inquiry, engagement in scholarly pursuits, and preparation of transformative leaders to create, engage in, and effectively manage a variety of professional partnerships.  The program can be completed entirely online with no campus visits. Concordia-Portland has developed a “virtual residency” experience, which allows students to gain the experience of a traditional doctoral residency component in a flexible online environment.  A minimum of 59 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Concordia University—Portland is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition: $51,920

#33. Regent University

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Founded by Pat Robertson in 1978 as Christian Broadcasting Network University, Regent University is a private interdenominational Christian university located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In the late 1980s, Regent began offering what is now an extensive distance education program in addition to its on-campus degrees. Full-time and part-time faculty consist of graduates of Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and other schools. The university’s current motto is “Christian Leadership to Change the World.”

Program Overview
Regent University offers a Doctor of Education in a variety of concentrations, including: Adult Education, Advanced Educational Leadership, Character Education, Christian Education Leadership, Distance Education, Educational Psychology, Higher Education Teaching & Administration, Higher Education Leadership, K-12 School Leadership, and Special Education. program is delivered online with some required face-to-face components and designed to facilitate the learning styles of adults and provide a collaborative community for higher-level thinking and problem solving. The problem-based curriculum, applied dissertation projects and individually designed concentration allow for a tailor-made program.  A minimum of 60 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Regent University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Tuition: $52,200

#34. Creighton University

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Founded in 1878, Creighton University is a small Jesuit university in Omaha, Nebraska with a rich history of quality faith-based education. With only about 7,000 currently enrolled students, Creighton offers personalized one-on-one attention and small class sizes, giving students a customized learning experience. The university was founded as Creighton College in 1878 and today encompasses 9 colleges and schools.

Program Overview
Students can earn an Ed.D. in Interdsciplinary Leadership at Creighton University’s in three years through online asynchronous course work and two on-campus weekend residencies. Creighton’s interdisplinary program emphasizes applicability across a wide variety disciplines and vocational settings including educational leadership. A minimum of 60 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Creighton University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $57,800

#35. Benedictine University

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Founded in 1887 as St. Procopius College by the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey on the west side of Chicago, Benedictine University is a private Roman Catholic university located near Chicago, Illinois. The school retains a close relation ship with the Benedictine order from which it takes its name. BU enrolls over 6,800 students at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels.

Program Overview
The Benedictine University Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change program is intended for practicing professionals who wish to accelerate their career paths in the administrative side of higher education and is available online. Studies emphasize leadership for educational and organizational improvement. The program provides both the perspective and the tools to anticipate and lead change in post-secondary education.   The program consists of 60 credits, including 52 credits of course work, 6 credits of dissertation work, and 6 credits of internship.  Through studies are completed online, students will need to attend at least two major lectures scheduled by Benedictine University.

Accreditation: Benedictine University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $59,400

#36. City University of Seattle

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City University of Seattle, commonly known as City University, is a private, nonprofit institution that was founded in 1973 to provide higher education for working adults. Based in Seattle, Washington, City University also has 27 campuses around the world and enrolls over 7,600 students.

Program Overview
City University of Seattle’s Doctor of Education in Leadership equips professionals with the skills necessary to address the leadership challenges of today. The program includes four concentration options: organizational leadership, higher educational leadership, educational leadership, and specialized study.  The program is completed entirely online in three years with an option to attend two residencies in Seattle during the summer quarters.  A minimum of 90 quarter credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: City University of Seattle is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition: $59,850

#37. University of South Florida

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The University of South Florida is a public research university located in Tampa, Florida.  The university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a top-tier research institution.  USF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. Founded in 1956, USF is the fourth-largest public university in the state of Florida, with a total enrollment of over 48,300 students.

Program Overview
The College of Education at the University of South Florida offers a Ph.D. in Career and Workforce Education available online.  Some coursework in particular concentrations may, or may not be available online depending on the timing of when students are attempting to enroll in a given class.  The program is designed to help students bridge theory, research, and practice around the conceptualization, planning, organization, delivery, and evaluation of career and workforce education systems, programs, and practices. A minimum of 70 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: The University of South Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition
In-State: $50,750
Out-of-State: $60,970

#38. Drexel University

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Enrolling over 25,500 students between three campuses in Philadelphia, and one in Sacramento, California, Drexel University is private, nonprofit, research university founded in 1891. Drexel University is consistently ranked as having one of the best cooperative education programs in the nation. Named “the Ultimate Internship,” Drexel’s Co-op program grants students a variety of hands on, paid, full-time working experiences before graduation through some 1,600 corporate, governmental, and non-profit partners in 28 states and 25 international locations. DU has offered online courses since 1996 and is recognized as one of the nation’s pioneers in distance learning. U.S. News ranked the university #95 in Best National Universities and #10 in Up-and-Coming Schools.

Program Overview
Drexel University’s online Ed.D. in Leadership and Management equips ambitious professionals with advanced management competencies for a broad range of learning environments and can be completed 100% online in three years.  Students choose from one of six concentrations including Education Administration, Education Policy, Higher Education, Human Resource Development, and Creativity and Innovation. In addition, Drexel is one of the only programs with a concentration in Athletic Administration.

Accreditation: Drexel University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition: $69,420

#39. Union Institute & University

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Union Institute & University is a private, non-profit university, which specializes in limited residence and distance learning programs. With the main campus in Cincinnati, Union Institute & University operates satellite campuses located in Montpelier, Vermont; Brattleboro, Vermont; North Miami Beach, Florida; Los Angeles, California; and Sacramento, California.  The university was founded in 1964 out of a conference on experimentation and innovation in higher learning hosted by the president of Goddard College.  UI&U enrolls over 2,000 students from across the country.

Program Overview
The Ph.D. in Educational Studies program at Union Institute & University is available primarily online with just a few residency visits to campus.  With a  focus on social justice in pre-k-12 and higher education, the distance education program takes an interdisciplinary approach, challenging students to think about issues across the educational spectrum. From multiculturalism to educational law and policy, Union prepares students to understand issues from all viewpoints so they can join the individuals working to solve them.  The program requires a minimum of 66 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Union Institute & University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $72,600

#40. University of Southern California

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The University of Southern California is a private research university in Los Angeles. Originally founded in 1880 in affiliation with the Methodist Church, USC has had no official religious association since the early 1950’s. The school currently enrolls 19,000 undergraduates and 24,000 posts graduates, and counts 181 Fulbright Scholars, eight Rhodes Scholars, three MacArthur Fellows, five Nobel Laureates, one Turing Award winner, 78 Academy Award winners, 119 Emmy Award winners, one winner of the National Humanities Medal, three winners of the National Medal of Science, three winners of the National Medal of Arts, and two winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation among its alumni and teaching faculty.

Program Overview
University of Southern California’s Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership combines weekly web-based “face-to-face” class meetings with independent online course work and two on-campus immersion weekends at their Los Angeles campus. A capstone portfolio includes a “dissertation in practice,” melding research with the student’s current professional setting. Students with transferable master’s degrees only need to complete 43 credit hours and can earn the degree in three years while working full time.

Accreditation: The University of Southern California is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Education programs are recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition: $72,468