Online EdD Programs in Diversity and Multiculturalism

Online EdD programs with a concentration in Diversity and Multiculturalism prepare students to be leaders and advocates for diversity and social equality in academic, corporate, and government settings. This program concentration trains students in organizational leadership, education administration, diversity advocacy, and social justice, with the goal of preparing graduates to foster diverse communities of learning and manage educational institutions while promoting tolerance and equality.

Curriculum for Online EdD Programs in Diversity and Multiculturalism

The majority of EdD programs require the completion of 40-70 course credits and can be completed in of 3 to 5 years. Core courses in Diversity and Multiculturalism EdD programs cover topics such as systems of education, curriculum and program development, education research, and education policy. Examples of core courses may include:

  • Organizational Leadership in Academic Settings: The organizational structure of different institutions of education at the primary, secondary, and higher education levels, and the role of education administrators within these institutions. How different departments within an academic institution collaborate to create and achieve goals concerning the education of their students.
  • Curriculum Development and Assessment: The principles of curriculum development and instruction for public and private schools in both the K-12 and higher education systems. How to determine students’ learning needs and address them by developing effective curricula, training teachers and managing their professional development, and evaluating the learning outcomes of programs in order to improve upon them.
  • Education Funding: How institutions of education acquire the necessary funding to operate and serve their students. Education finance policy, the principles of education finance, and effective budgeting and resource management for schools and school districts.

After completing the core classes in their program, students progress to courses that focus on multiculturalism, diversity in education, and human rights principles. Such courses may include:

  • Foundations of Multicultural Education: How schools and the larger community that they serve depend on and impact one another. How diversity and multiculturalism intersect with social justice and education systems at the primary, secondary, and post-secondary level in order to foster social responsibility in students of all ages. How to incorporate cultural acceptance and anti-discrimination into curricula and extracurricular programming at schools.
  • Linguistics in Education: The relationship between language, learning, and culture, and how studying the forms and origins of language from multiple cultures benefits students’ learning. The best practices for fostering a community that encourages multilingualism.
  • Issues of Diversity in Education: Issues of diversity that impact academic communities, their origins, and how to address them. Topics covered include discrimination and bullying, children with special needs, English language learners, and methods for creating a safe and productive space for learning for children and adults across different academic environments.
  • Diversity Research for Educational Leaders: How to use quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate diversity issues within education. How to develop and frame a research question, and design, implement, and analyze the results of research projects that use qualitative and/or quantitative research procedures.

To supplement students’ concentration courses, EdD programs typically allow students to take several electives in subjects that are relevant to education and education leadership, but which are not included in the core or specialization classes. Elective courses may be classes from a different EdD concentration at the school, or be from a different degree program or academic department. Examples of such courses include:

  • Collaboration and Communication: How to promote collaboration and communication between instructors and students, as well as between students in a group. The principles of effective team dynamics and how to apply them to different group learning situations.
  • International Education Systems: How primary, secondary, and post-secondary education are structured in other countries, and how these systems of education differ from those of American education institutions. How culture influences education systems, and vice versa.

During the latter half of their program, students complete a dissertation that investigates an issue in education relating to diversity, multiculturalism, and/or tolerance of difference in educational environments. Students earn academic credit for their research, discussion, and writing of their dissertation, typically through classes such as dissertation seminars, independent study, and dissertation research. Students complete their dissertation under the guidance of a faculty member who serves as their research mentor. Dissertations require a significant time investment for students, as well as advance planning on the topic and scope of their research project. For more information about the dissertation component of online EdD programs, please refer to our Dissertations and Doctoral Capstone Projects resource page.

Prospective students should note that the curriculum details explained above are general overviews, and that course content and sequencing vary from program to program. For more information about the structure of EdD programs, please reference our Structure of Online EdD Programs resource page.

Career Paths for Graduates of EdD Programs in Diversity and Multiculturalism

Graduates of EdD programs with a concentration in Diversity and Multiculturalism are prepared to serve in leadership positions in a wide variety of educational institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, school districts, and even corporate settings. Jobs for graduates of these types of programs include but are not limited to:

  • Primary or Secondary School Principals: School principals manage the operations of all the departments at the school(s) over which they preside, and are responsible for ensuring that school campuses remain safe, accessible, and supportive learning environments for all students. Their responsibilities include coordinating teacher schedules, curricula, and professional development, collaborating with other school staff to develop and manage budgets, and collaborating with school district officials and other principals to develop plans for students’ educational attainment.
  • School District Superintendent: School superintendents preside over an entire school district, which is generally composed of multiple schools in a given region. School superintendents collaborate with a larger school district board, as well as principals, parents, teachers, and education advocates to help schools meet educational benchmarks. Superintendents oversee the development and evaluation of educational programs, standardized testing, school facility updates, and school district budgets.
  • College and University Deans: College and university deans supervise the objectives and daily operations of college or university departments. Their responsibilities include overseeing the creation of departmental programs and curricula, evaluating learning outcomes and quality of education for students in their department, supervising faculty’s research and professional development, and managing non-faculty departmental staff.
  • College and University Directors: College and university directors oversee non-academic departments at these institutions, which can include the Office of Admissions, the Office of Career Development, and the Office of Education Accessibility, among others. Academic directors supervise the daily operations of their department, which may include such tasks as overseeing the review of student applications for admission and/or financial aid, developing and implementing career development services, or working to ensure that school buildings abide by American Disabilities Act standards.
  • Education Researcher: Education researchers conduct research that investigates issues within systems of education, and/or finds methods for improving students’ learning outcomes. EdD graduates who specialize in diversity and multiculturalism in education may work at research universities or education non-profits.