Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Arkansas

There is one school in Arkansas where students can pursue a Doctor of Education degree online. The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville has two EdD programs that can be completed through online study, either entirely online or with minimal campus-based requirements. The first is an EdD in Educational Leadership, designed for those who already possess an Education Specialist (EdS) degree and want to earn their doctorate. This program requires students to attend one weekend seminar on campus per year of their enrollment. The second is a more traditional master’s to EdD program in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education that is fully online.

The University of Arkansas is a nonprofit institution, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Its College of Education and Health Professions is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). To learn more about their online EdD programs, continue reading below.

Schools in Arkansas with Online EdD Programs

As mentioned above, the University of Arkansas (U of A) offers two Doctor of Education programs online through its College of Education and Health Professions. The first is an EdS to EdD pathway, which requires an Education Specialist degree (or equivalent post-master’s credits) and a valid teaching license for admission. Offered by the Curriculum and Instruction Department, this Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program consists of 42 credit hours and takes around three years to finish. Working in a cohort, students complete the following core courses in sequence: Problems of Practice, Educational Policy and Change, Intro to Qualitative Research, Statistical Literacy for Educational Leaders, Advanced Qualitative Research, Program Evaluation, and Topics in Education Research. Along with this online coursework, the program requires students to attend a campus intensive once per semester. These intensives give students the opportunity to meet scholars and practitioners in the field, participate in facilitated group discussions, and build relationships with their classmates through hands-on learning experiences. Finally, the curriculum includes 18 semester hours dedicated to research and development of students’ capstone dissertation project.

In addition to their Educational Leadership program, U of A has a more traditional master’s to EdD pathway available online through their College of Education and Health Professions’ Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders. This Doctor of Education in Human Resource and Workforce Development (HRWD) Education requires a minimum of 96 semester hours of graduate study; however, students can apply credits earned from their master’s degree (or other graduate-level work) toward this total. All coursework for the HRWD EdD program can be completed online, with no campus-based requirements. The curriculum is comprised primarily of 33 credit hours of Research and Statistics courses, which includes 18 dissertation hours, and a 24 credit hour Human Resource and Workforce Development Education Core.

In the Research and Statistics block, students take courses in Educational Statistic and Data Processing, Project and Program Evaluation, Qualitative Research Design and Analysis, Quantitative Research Design and Analysis, and Principles and Techniques of Research in HRWD. Meanwhile, the HRWD Education core is made up of three distinct pillars, each focusing on a different aspect of the field. There is a Career Development Pillar, with courses in Foundations of Human Resource and Workforce Development, and Career Theory and Decision Making, as well as an Organizational Pillar, which covers Organization Development, Leadership Models and Concepts, and HRWD Ethical and Legal Issues. Finally, the Training and Development Pillar consists of courses in Learning and Teaching Theories, HRWD Curriculum Design, and Technology Systems in Human Resource and Workforce Development. Students then round out their studies by choosing a number of electives related to their particular career focus or area of interest in the field.

Note: The University of Arkansas also offers an online Doctor of Education in Adult and Lifelong Learning program (with concentrations in Adult Education Leadership and Community College Leadership) that combines online coursework with six face-to-face sessions each year. At this time, classifies this program as a hybrid program because it requires more than three campus visits per year.

Those interested in earning their EdD online in a specialization not available at U of A, such as Organizational Leadership, Higher Education Administration, or Curriculum and Instruction, may want to consider doing so from a school based out of state. Many colleges and universities around the country offer online EdD programs that accept students from Arkansas. Some of these can even be completed entirely online, while others include one or more on-campus residencies or other face-to-face instructional sessions. To learn more about the different EdD specializations and browse available programs, check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page.

Online EdD Programs in Arkansas

The following section includes links to both of the University of Arkansas’ online EdD programs. For more information about either of the degrees discussed on this page, click below to visit the school’s website.

Arkansas State University

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP
Department: College of Education & Behavioral Science

University of Arkansas

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP
Department: College of Education and Health Professions - Curriculum and Instruction Department
Department: College of Education and Health Professions - Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders