Carlow University’s new Doctorate in Education (EdD) program is geared toward teachers and administrators who recognize the need for a new brand of leadership to re-imagine the future of education now.
This three-year practice-based inquiry program is for people who are devoted to extending their voices beyond their particular disciplines to help change the world for their future students. It offers four learning tracks:

Leadership | Curriculum and Learning | Literacy | Early Childhood Policy and Leadership

Credits Required:


Cost Per Credit:


Time to Completion:

As few as 36 months


100% online – Dissertation defense is in person.

EdD courses at Carlow are different from other programs because they feature a distinctly integrated doctoral study design, with each course building upon previous ideas while preparing students to engage with new concepts that can inform their practice. Throughout the program, students are invited to study systems design, to engage in discursive deliberation, and to explore new transformational approaches to education.

  • Our EdD is rooted in our rich history and traditions of social justice and mercy values.
  • We invite and respect diversity of thinking and expression as we learn together to challenge social injustices and inequities in schools.
  • This program positions students as innovative thinkers as they present their ideas and practice-based research.
  • Students can learn and work with other innovative system thinkers.

Online Degree
Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count towards both degrees. Apply for this option after your sophomore year.

Career Opportunities for EdD

  • 3.0 GPA Minimum for Admission
  • Apply anytime, start date in the Fall Semester.
  • It is possible to transfer up to 18 post-Masters credits
  • This program accepts international students
  • Current CV, graduate transcript, and an essay are required to apply
  • Three (3) professional recommendations are required

Any time

Start Terms:

Fall, Spring, and Summer

If you are interested in this doctorate program, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

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