Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Idaho
There are two schools in Idaho that offer students the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Education online. Boise State University offers an online EdD in Educational Technology, while Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa has an Educational Leadership EdD program for students who already possess an Education Specialist (EdS) degree. Both schools are nonprofit institutions, regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Their education programs are also accredited by either the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) or the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).* To learn more about their Doctor of Education programs, continue reading below.
Schools in Idaho with Online EdD Programs
As mentioned above, Boise State University offers a Doctor of Education in Educational Technology online through its College of Education’s Department of Educational Technology. The program focuses on both current and emerging technologies in the world of education, including online teaching, educational games, simulators, and software development for web and mobile platforms. A total of 66 credits are required to earn the degree, all of which can be completed online. There are no face-to-face requirements and students can even complete their exams and dissertation defense at a distance. Coursework is delivered through primarily asynchronous instruction; however, some courses may require students to be online at specific times for live sessions.
Curriculum in Boise State’s EdTech EdD program is broken down into a number of different sections. Students begin by taking four core courses (Doctoral Studies Orientation, Leadership in Educational Technology, Research Writing, and Global and Cultural Perspectives in Educational Technology), as well as five research courses (Research in Educational Technology, Introduction to Statistics for Educational Technology, Quantitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, and a research elective). They then choose three graduate courses from a relevant field to form their Cognate Area, exploring a particular area of interest related to educational technology or instructional leadership. The remaining curriculum consists of four additional electives, a three-credit innovation experience, doctoral seminar, culminating examination, and ten credits associated with dissertation development.
At Northwest Nazarene University, students who have earned their Education Specialist (EdS) degree (or equivalent doctoral-level credits) and now want to complete an EdD can do so online through the school’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program. Offered by their Department of Education, this EdS to EdD pathway provides advanced study of leadership practices and educational policies that affect both schools and school systems, with an emphasis on K-12 education. The curriculum consists of 36 credits and is designed to be completed in approximately 26 months. Students take 12 doctoral-level courses in order to earn their EdD, examining topics such as Policy Influence and Development, Effective Leadership for Change Management, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Advanced Data Analysis, and Professional and Ethical Leadership. While the majority of the program is delivered online, there is a two-week residency session that places on campus during the summer, in which students participate in face-to-face learning activities and receive help preparing for their dissertation research.
Students interested in earning their EdD online in a different specialization, such as Higher Education Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, or Organizational Leadership, may want to consider enrolling in a program based out of state. Many colleges and universities around the country offer online EdD programs that accept students from Idaho. Some of these can be completed entirely online, while others include one or more campus-based residencies or other in-person components. To learn more about EdD specialization options and browse available programs, check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page.
Online EdD Programs in Idaho
The following section includes a list of schools in Idaho that offer Doctor of Education degrees online. For more information about either of the EdD programs discussed on this page, such as current admission requirements or tuition rates, click the corresponding link below to visit the program’s website.
Boise State University(Boise)
- Online Doctor of Education in Educational Technology (Masters to Doctorate)
Northwest Nazarene University(Nampa)
*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.