Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Kentucky

The state of Kentucky is home to four schools that offer Doctor of Education (EdD) degrees online. Morehead State University, Murray State University, University of the Cumberlands, and Western Kentucky University each have an EdD program students can complete through online study, with little or no campus-based requirements. A wide range of degree specializations are available online through these institutions, including Higher Education Leadership, PreK-12 Leadership, Organizational Leadership, STEM Leadership, Agriculture Education, Counselor Education/Supervision, and more.

All four schools listed on this page are nonprofit universities regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Certain programs or departments detailed below may also be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), or Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).*

Schools in Kentucky with Online EdD Programs

At Morehead State University (MSU), student can pursue a Doctor of Education online in one of three specializations: Adult and Higher Education Leadership, P-12 Administrative Leadership, or Educational Technology Leadership. Offered by the school’s College of Education, the program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours total, with curriculum in each track consisting of an 18-hour Program Core, 18 hours of Applied and Capstone Courses, 12 hours of specialization coursework, and 12 hours in an Alternative Area of Emphasis. The Program Core, which all students complete, includes courses in Principles of Leadership, Understanding and Conducting Research, Action Research and Grant Writing, Problem-Framing and Problem-Solving in Education, Educational Change, and Legal and Ethical Issues and the Exercise of Judgment in Education.

Along with courses in their chosen specialization, students must choose an additional emphasis area that aligns directly with their long-term professional goals. For example, the Adult and Higher Education Leadership track offers students the chance to further specialize in areas such as Community College, Teaching ESL, Legal and Policy Studies in Adult and Higher Education, or Global Adult and Higher Education. While the majority of MSU’s EdD program is delivered online, the degree does require some on-campus residencies, determined by the school on an annual basis.

Murray State University offers an online Doctor of Education in P-20 and Community Leadership through its College of Education and Human Services. The 60-credit program offers students the choice to specialize in pK-12 Leadership, Postsecondary Leadership, STEM Leadership, or Agriculture Education. All four concentrations include the same 42-credit core curriculum, comprised of courses in Advanced Educational Research, Foundations of P-20 Education, Development of P-20 Leaders, Individual Leadership Development, Organizational Leadership, Educational Entrepreneurism, and more. The remaining 18 credits consist of coursework in one’s specialization area, as well as related electives. The Postsecondary Leadership track, for instance, requires students to complete courses in Academic Program Management and Evaluation, Postsecondary Instructional Support Systems, and Organization and Operations in Postsecondary Education, along with nine hours of approved electives.

Murray State’s P-20 and Community Leadership EdD program is fully online, with no campus visit requirements. It also offers an EdS to EdD bridge option, which allows individuals who already possess an Educational Specialist degree to transfer up to 30 post-master’s credit hours toward completion of their doctorate.

Located in Williamsburg, the University of the Cumberlands offers a Doctorate in Educational Leadership online, designed for working educators and administrators who want to develop advanced practitioner and strategic problem-solving skills. Available through their School of Education, the program entails a total of 60 credit hours and can be completed in less than three years. Students can choose to pursue their EdD in one of two concentrations: Administration and Supervision (Higher Education) or Counselor Education and Supervision. Both require a 27-credit Leadership Core, which includes courses in The Politics of Organizational Decision-Making, Program Planning and Assessment, Leadership in Theory and Practice, Learning in Adulthood, Higher Education in America, and Grant Writing and Proposal Development, as well as a 15-credit Professional Research curriculum, with courses in Inferential Statistics in Decision-Making, Advanced Research Methods, and dissertation development. The remaining curriculum is made up of coursework in students’ particular area of focus. This EdD program is 100 percent online, but students have the option to attend on-campus classes, which generally meet on Saturdays.

Finally, Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green offers an online EdD in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Organizational Leadership through its College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. This 60-credit program is designed to be completed in three years, with cohorts starting each Spring. Students begin their studies by taking an orientation to the doctoral program, followed by courses in Leadership Theories and Ethics, Advanced Topics in Educational Leadership, Research Methods and Design for Educational Leaders, Individual and Group Issues in Leadership, and an Educational Leadership seminar all in year one. The second year is comprised of courses in areas such as Strategic Leadership, Program Evaluation, Leading the Organization, and Measurement and Survey Methods for Educational Leaders, as well as the chance to choose two electives and participate in an educational leadership internship. In their final year, students complete one more elective and a course in Leading Innovation, Creativity, and Change, while spending the majority of their time working on their capstone dissertation.

WKU’s online EdD program in Educational Leadership requires two weeklong summer residency experiences, where students connect with classmates, learn from faculty in person, and attend lectures from nationally recognized guest speakers.


Online EdD Programs in Kentucky

The following is a list of all the schools in Kentucky that offer EdD programs online. To learn more about any of the degrees described above, click on the corresponding link below to visit the program’s website.

Morehead State University

(Morehead)
Accreditation: SACSCOC, CAEP

Murray State University

(Murray)
Accreditation: SACSCOC, CAEP

University of the Cumberlands

(Williamsburg)
Accreditation: SACSCOC, CACREP, NCATE

Western Kentucky University

(Bowling Green)
Accreditation: SACSCOC, CAEP
Department: College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Programs:

*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. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredits master’s and doctoral programs in counseling and counseling education.