Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Alabama

There is currently only one school in Alabama that offers a Doctor of Education program online. The University of West Alabama has an EdD students can pursue through entirely online study, with no required campus visits. The program focuses specifically on Rural Education, and gives students the choice between two concentration tracks: Teaching and Learning or Organizational Change and Leadership.

The University of West Alabama is a non-profit institution regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). To learn more about their online EdD program, continue reading below.

Schools in Alabama with Online EdD Programs

Located in Livingston, The University of West Alabama (UWA) offers their EdD in Rural Education online through the school’s Julia Tutwiler College of Education. As mentioned above, the program has two concentration tracks to choose from. The Teaching and Learning track is designed to help teachers gain practical skills suited to addressing the specific needs of rural students, while the Organizational Change and Leadership track is intended for instructional leaders, program directors, and other education professionals looking to drive innovation and enact positive change in rural education systems. Both require 60 to 66 credits, with an estimated completion time of three to four years. Courses run for eight weeks and are delivered in a flexible online format. Students are not required to visit the UWA campus at any point during their studies. Additionally, many instructors in the program use open educational resources (OER) which can be accessed digitally from anywhere, saving students the cost of purchasing traditional textbooks.

The curriculum, developed with help from partner schools and experienced superintendents, is broken down into three sections: 21 credit hours of Professional Courses, 27 credit hours of concentration track coursework, and 12 credits related to students’ applied dissertation. All students complete the Professional Courses section of the program, which contains an orientation to doctoral studies, as well as courses in Leadership for Enhanced Student Achievement, Challenges in Rural Education, Evaluating Theory and Practice, Family Engagement and Partnership Development in Rural Education, and Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative Research.

As part of the concentration coursework, both tracks include courses in Strategic Planning in a Rural Setting, Benchmark Cases in Rural Education, The Politics of Education in a Rural Setting, Building a Strong Culture and Climate in a Rural Setting, Place Based Education and Service Learning, and Independent Development Design. Students in the Organizational Change and Leadership track then take courses in areas such as Ethical Leadership, Organizational Finance and Management in a Rural Setting, and Critical Issues in Administration and Supervision, while the Teaching and Learning track contains courses in Technologies and Creative Learning, Leading Classroom Diagnostics and Interventions, and Teaching, Learning, and Leading in a Rural Setting. For their capstone, students in either track must complete a dissertation identifying a problem currently facing rural education and proposing a potential solution.

In addition to the program offered by The University of West Alabama, students in Alabama may want to explore online EdD programs offered by schools in other states, including the neighboring states of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Students can also find additional programs categorized by specialization on our Online EdD Program Specializations page.


Online EdD Programs in Alabama

Below is a link to the University of West Alabama website, where students can find more information about the online EdD program described on this page.

The University of West Alabama

Accreditation: SACSCOC
Department: Julia Tutwiler College of Education