Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Washington, DC

Updated: December 27, 2022

There is currently only one school in Washington, DC that offers an online Doctor of Education. American University has an online EdD in Education Policy and Leadership. While the majority of the program is online, students are required to attend three campus residencies during their tenure in the program. American University’s online EdD program has a focus on education policy, social justice and racial equity, and positive systemic change through education improvements.

American University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Its School of Education is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)*. To learn more about this university’s Doctor of Education program, continue reading below.

Schools in the District of Columbia with Online EdD Programs

American University offers an online EdD in Education Policy and Leadership that prepares students to use the principles of systemic change, racial and social justice, leadership, and research and policy to improve PK-12 education programs and systems. The program was built off of the philosophy that education should not only help individual students reach their potential, but also work to bring about positive social progress and social justice. Comprised of 40 post-masters course credits, this program can be completed in eight semesters which equates to roughly three years of part-time study (a total of 64 post-baccalaureate credits are required to earn the degree, and students can typically waive up to 24 credits from their previous master’s coursework).

The courses for the online EdD in Education Policy are divided into 10 required core courses, three research methodology courses, electives, and three on-site residencies. The first two semesters of the program, students take content courses through which they examine and discuss essential topics in education policy, leadership, and social justice. Examples of classes that students take include Collaborative Inquiry Through Systems Thinking; Antiracism, Equity, and Inclusion in Education; Learning Sciences to Advance Equity; Education Policy Analysis; and Strategic Resource Management in Education. To prepare them for their dissertation, students take the research methodology courses: Designing the Problem of Practice, and Applied Methods I and II.

For electives, students can choose from topics in education law, education policy and leadership, organizational change, and economic inquiry in education contexts, among other subjects. Students’ dissertations focus on identifying and investigating a problem of practice in PK-12 education, and finding resolutions to education challenges through systemic change, anti-racism and diversity, research-informed leadership strategies, and policy. Students also attend three 4-day residencies on-campus in their first, fourth, and sixth semesters of enrollment in the program, during which they meet with program faculty and peers, engage in dissertation-focused activities, and participate in networking events.

Residents of Washington, DC who are interested in pursuing their EdD online in a specialization that is different from Education Policy, such as Curriculum & Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, or Organizational Leadership, may want to consider programs offered by schools based outside of Washington, DC. There are numerous colleges and universities nationwide that offer fully or mostly online EdD programs, and which accept applications from students living in the District of Columbia. To learn more about specialization options for online EdD programs, and to browse available programs, check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page.

Online EdD Programs in Washington, DC

Below is a link to American University’s website. Click on the link below to learn more about the online EdD program in Education Policy, including information on admissions requirements, tuition, and curriculum structure.

American University

Accreditation: MSCHE, NCATE
Department: School of Education

*The Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP) is now recognized as the sole accrediting body for education preparation programs in the United States. NCATE accredited programs will become CAEP accredited when their accreditation is up for renewal.