Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Indiana

Updated: March 24, 2024

There are currently two schools in Indiana where students can pursue a Doctor of Education degree online. Indiana University offers three online EdD programs for students to choose from, in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education; Curriculum and Instruction; and Instructional Systems Technology. Meanwhile, the University of Southern Indiana offers an online EdD in Educational Leadership.

Both Indiana University and the University of Southern Indiana are nonprofit institutions, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, Indiana University’s School of Education and the University of Southern Indiana’s Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education are both accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Schools in Indiana with Online EdD Programs

Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington has three online Doctor of Education programs, which are offered through its School of Education and IU Online. The first program is an EdD in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, designed for literacy and language practitioners looking to pursue top leadership roles in the field. The 60-credit program focuses on advanced topics and skills related to the development and implementation of language and literacy programs and curricula. Along with courses related to their major and capstone dissertation, students get to choose a number of electives and even formulate a minor to further specialize their studies. While the majority of this coursework takes place online, students are required to attend at least one conference led by the Literacy, Culture, and Language Education department on the Bloomington campus.

The second online Doctor of Education that Indiana University offers is its EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, which features specialization options in Art Education, Mathematics Education, and Science Education. This program is designed to prepare educators, education leaders, and scholars of education to combine research and tactical problem solving skills to develop and implement effective curricula and programming, as well as train and support instructors in a wide variety of contexts. This program is comprised of 60 course credits, and focuses heavily on scholarly inquiry and its utility in organizational and academic settings. Individuals consult with program advisors to select courses for their major and minor, as well as their electives. For their culminating project, students complete a dissertation. This program is offered fully online.

The third Doctor of Education program offered online by Indiana University is an EdD in Instructional Systems Technology (IST). This degree helps prepare students for management or leadership roles involving instructional and performance technology. Students learn how to apply research data to build or improve educational processes and products, as well as effectively analyze the needs of their target audience and measure program outcomes. As with the Literacy, Culture, and Language Education program, this EdD requires a total of 60 credit hours, which includes a choice of electives and nine-credit minor. Most of these degree requirements can be completed online; however, students must attend IU’s IST Annual Conference on the Bloomington campus during their first year in the program.

The University of Southern Indiana in Evansville has an online EdD in Educational Leadership that consists of 60 course credits and features specializations in School District Administrative Leadership, Higher Education Administrative Leadership, and Pedagogical Leadership. The core curriculum is comprised of six credits that focus on community-based education principles, as well as racial, gender, and socioeconomic equity in American classrooms. Students also complete 12 credits of research methods courses that introduce them to advanced statistics, qualitative and quantitative studies, and advanced research methods, before they embark on their specialization coursework.

Students who select the Pedagogical Leadership specialization will take classes in community-based change and organizational innovation, while School District Administrative Leadership students can choose from classes that focus on special education policy, school finance, school personnel management, and school efficacy management. For students who specialize in Higher Education Administrative Leadership, options for course topics include the history of higher education leadership, the diverse experiences and needs of college students, higher education budgeting and finance, and organizational management of universities and colleges.

For students interested in additional specialization options, many out-of-state schools offer online EdD programs that accept students from Indiana. While some programs require limited campus visits, most programs are fully online with no in-person requirements. Check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page to browse programs by degree concentration.

Online EdD Programs in Indiana

Below is a list of Doctor of Education programs offered online by Indiana University. To learn more about either EdD, click on the corresponding link to visit the school’s website.

Indiana University

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP