Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Michigan

Michigan is home to two schools that offer Doctor of Education programs online. Andrews University and Central Michigan University both have EdD tracks students can pursue through predominantly online study, with limited required campus visits for summer residencies. A total of four programs are available from these institutions, in specializations ranging from K-12 or Higher Education Leadership to Educational Technology and Curriculum and Instruction.

Both of the schools on this page are nonprofit institutions regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Central Michigan’s College of Education and Human Services is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP), while the School of Education at Andrew University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).*

Schools in Michigan with Online EdD Programs

Located in Berrien Springs, Andrews University offers three different EdD programs students can pursue online through its School of Education. The first is a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, which focuses on advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation. A minimum of 61 credits are needed to earn the EdD, with students generally taking around six years to complete all their degree requirements. Also available online from Andrews is a Doctor of Education in K-12 Educational Leadership. This program is designed to help students prepare for or further their careers as principals, superintendents, or other elementary and secondary school administrators and entails a minimum of 90 credits, which typically takes around five years to finish. However, students who already hold a Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Leadership from Andrews only need to complete 60 doctoral credits to earn their EdD.

Finally, the School of Education offers a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration online. This program is designed for experienced educators and administrators looking to work in senior management at the collegiate level or in post-secondary policy making. Most students can complete this 60-credit program in five years. All three EdD programs at Andrews University utilize primarily online coursework, with only one required campus session in the summer of the first year of study. Students are also encouraged to come to campus at the end of their program to attend graduation.

At Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, students can pursue a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership online in one of four concentrations: K-12 Leadership, K-12 Curriculum, Higher Education Leadership, or Educational Technology through the university’s College of Education and Human Services (Department of Educational Leadership). The cohort-based program requires a total of 63 credit hours. (Students who hold an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree from an approved institution may be able to transfer up to 27 credits toward their doctorate.) Coursework in Central Michigan’s Educational Leadership is delivered online, with both synchronous and asynchronous components. Every other Saturday, students participate in synchronous online class sessions, which use audio and video to simulate an actual classroom environment. These live classes enable students to receive immediate feedback from instructors, as well as collaborate more directly with their classmates. While the program can be completed almost entirely online, there are two required in-person meetings that take place during the summer.

The curriculum is comprised of a 15-hour academic core, with courses in Ethical Leadership, Organizational Theory in Educational Institutions, Organizational Culture and Change in Educational Institutions, and a Doctoral Seminar. Students also take nine credit hours of research courses, which cover Educational Research and Design, Qualitative Research in Educational Leadership, and Quantitative Analysis in Educational Leadership. The remaining curriculum is made up of coursework in one’s concentration area, as well as nine credit hours in a cognate discipline, and 15 hours associated with dissertation work. Finally, all students in the EdD program must participate in a three-to-six-credit doctoral internship, with each credit equaling 45 contact hours. This field-based experience can be completed either online or in a hybrid format, and is intended to help students strengthen their leadership competencies by engaging in real or simulated activities related to educational leadership under the supervision of a practicing administrator.


Online EdD Programs in Michigan

The following is a list of Doctor of Education programs available online from schools in Michigan. To learn more about any of the EdDs described above, click on the corresponding link below to visit the program’s website.

Andrews University

(Berrien Springs)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, NCATE

Central Michigan University

(Mount Pleasant)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP
Department: College of Education & Human Services - Department of Educational Leadership

Cornerstone University

(Grand Rapids)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, TEAC
Department: Professional & Graduate Studies

*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.