Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Maryland

There are two schools in Maryland that offer Doctor of Education (EdD) programs online. Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University both have EdDs students can complete through entirely online study, without any campus visit requirements. Through the two programs at these schools, students can pursue EdD specializations in Community College Leadership, Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education, Urban Leadership, or Mind, Brain, and Teaching.

Both schools listed on this page are non-profit institutions regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Morgan State’s School of Education and Urban Studies is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).*

Schools in Maryland with Online EdD Programs

At Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, students can pursue a Doctor of Education online in one of three specializations: Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education, Urban Leadership, or Mind, Brain, and Teaching. Offered by their School of Education, the cohort-based program requires the completion of between 48 and 54 doctoral-level credits (a total of 90 graduate credits are needed to earn the EdD; however, students must enter with a minimum of 36 credits from either their master’s degree or other graduate-level work to apply toward the doctorate). Students typically finish the required coursework and dissertation in three years, but can opt for a longer completion schedule, if needed. Courses are delivered entirely online, using a mix of asynchronous and synchronous instruction. There is a three-day summer residency held on campus each year of the program, which students are strongly encouraged to attend. However, for those who cannot, the information sessions are recorded and available for viewing online.

All students can expect to take a 12-credit Foundations of Education curriculum, consisting of courses in Multicultural Education, Multiple Perspectives on Learning and Teaching, Contemporary Approaches to Educational Problems, and Disciplinary Approaches to Education. There are also nine credit hours of Applied Research and Evaluation courses and nine credit hours associated with dissertation development. The remaining curriculum is made up of electives, as well as coursework in students’ specialization area.

The Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education track focuses on knowledge and skills that will help students lead innovation and forge new opportunities in school systems, social entrepreneurial ventures, and education companies. It includes courses in Entrepreneurship in Education, Talent Management and Organizational Finance for Entrepreneurial Leaders, Strategic Systems Change and Action Planning, and Building Strategic School, Educational Organization, and Community Partnerships. Students who choose to specialize in Urban Leadership study the unique challenges that come with working in urban communities and teaching diverse populations, taking courses in Approaches to Urban Leadership, Individuals in Urban Context, Organizations and Institutions, and Partnerships and Community Organizing. Finally, the Mind, Brain, and Teaching specialization is designed for educators interested in exploring the connection between cognitive theories, neuroscience, and human learning. This track features courses in Fundamentals of Cognitive Development, Neurobiology of Learning Differences, Cognitive Processes of Literacy and Numeracy, and Special Topics in Brain Sciences.

Also located in Baltimore, Morgan State University offers a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership online through its School of Education and Urban Studies (SEUS). The 60-credit program is designed to help prepare students in the seven core competency areas designated by the American Association of Community Colleges as essential to effective community college leadership: Community College Advocacy, Organizational Strategy, Leadership Development, Resource Management, Communication, Collaboration, and Professionalism. Coursework can be completed entirely online using the Blackboard learning management system, and there are no campus residency requirements. However, students must take part in a specialized internship or practicum in a community college setting toward the end of their studies.

Morgan State’s online EdD in Community College Leadership can be completed in three years, depending on how long it takes students to finish their dissertation. In their first year, students take courses in areas such as Leadership and Administration of Community Colleges, Educational Research, Social Justice and Equity, Community College Planning and Management, Finance and Budgeting, Qualitative Research Methods, and Technology in Contemporary Community Colleges. The second year features courses in Student Development in Community College, Legal Aspects of Education, Community College Trustees and Governing Boards, The Community College Presidency, Quantitative Research Methods, and Politics of Higher Education. During their third year, students primarily focus on developing and writing their dissertation, receiving guidance from program faculty as needed. This is also when they typically take part in their field internships.

Students interested in pursuing their EdD in a different specialization, such as Early Childhood Education, K-12 Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, or Organizational Leadership, may want to consider an online program offered by a school out of state. Many institutions across the country have online EdD programs that accept students from Maryland. To learn more about additional concentration options and browse available programs, check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page.


Online EdD Programs in Maryland

The following a list of online Doctor of Education programs offered by schools in Maryland. To learn more about either of the EdDs discussed on this page, click the corresponding link below to visit the program’s website.

Frostburg State University

Accreditation: MSCHE, NCATE

Johns Hopkins University

Accreditation: MSCHE

Morgan State University

Accreditation: MSCHE, NCATE
Department: School of Education and Urban Studies (SEUS)

*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.