Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Mississippi

The state of Mississippi is home to three schools that offer Doctor of Education (EdD) degrees online. Belhaven University, The University of Southern Mississippi, and William Carey University all have EdD programs students can pursue through online study, making minimal or no visits to campus. These universities offer four online programs in total, with specializations in areas such as K-12 Educational Leadership, P-12 Educational Administration, and Higher Education Administration.

All three schools listed on this page are nonprofit universities, regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Some of the departments and programs below are also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).*

Schools in Mississippi with Online EdD Programs

Located in Jackson, Belhaven University offers a Doctor of Education in K-12 Educational Leadership online through its School of Education, designed for teachers or administrators looking to advance as leaders in elementary and secondary school settings. The program requires a total of 60 credit hours, split into four distinct phases. During the first phase, students complete 33 credit hours of professional advanced education courses and earn an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree preparing them for administrative licensure. (Those who already possess an EdS from another university can apply up to 30 credit hours toward completion of the EdD.)

In phase two, students transition into their doctoral studies, beginning pre-dissertation work and taking introductory courses to the EdD program. Phase three involves research and methods courses, comprised of classes in Research Design, Research Statistics, and the choice between either Advanced Quantitative Statistical Designs or Advanced Qualitative Research Methods. Finally, in phase four, students complete their dissertation, receiving help with research and chapter writing before ultimately defending their work at the end of the program. Three on-campus residencies are included throughout the program, taking place during phases two and four. Each lasts two to three days, and coincides with a particular stage of dissertation development.

The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg has two online EdD programs for students to choose from, both offered by their School of Education. They are each comprised of 54 credits, and include a capstone project instead of a traditional dissertation. The first program is a Doctor of Education in P-12 Educational Administration designed to be completed in three years. Students take 30 credit hours of core courses, selecting from topics such as Contextual Dimensions of the Principalship, Public School Finance, Administrative Approaches to Technology, School Law, Education Facilities Development and Management, and P-12 Education Policy. The remaining curriculum consists of research courses in Educational Research, Statistics, Survey Design, and Program Evaluation, as well as 12 credits associated with the capstone project.

The second online EdD offering at Southern Miss is a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration. This program spans nine academic semesters and can be completed on either a full- or part-time schedule. Required core curriculum includes courses in Social Justice, History of Higher Education, Two-Year College, Finance, Legal Issues in Higher Education, Leadership Theory, and Organizational Theory. In addition to this, students must complete 21 hours of research courses and 12 hours of electives. Both of the EdD programs at The University of Southern Mississippi are fully online with no on-campus requirements. Courses utilize synchronous instruction, meaning students log on at specific times to attend live lectures and participate in real-time class discussions.

Finally, William Carey University, located in Hattiesburg, offers an online Doctor of Education in P-12 Educational Leadership through its School of Education that requires an Educational Specialist degree for admission, and has cohorts starting each summer. A total of 63 post-master’s credit hours are needed to earn the EdD: 30 hours transferred from the EdS and an additional 33 hours of doctoral coursework and research. Students take an Advanced Leadership Core, consisting of courses in Data Analysis for Instructional and Performance Improvement Using Technology Tools, Professional Educational Development for Adult Learners, Developing the Culture of Learning, Developing Advocacy for the School and Community, and Using Conflict Resolution and Mediation. There are also two required research courses (Descriptive Statistics and Survey Design, and Advanced Applied Research) and 12 credit hours dedicated to independent research in educational administration. This EdD program can be completed entirely online and includes no campus residency requirements. Towards the end of their studies, students meet on Skype twice per term to receive help with their research and dissertation.


Online EdD Programs in Mississippi

Below is a list of all the Doctor of Education programs offered online by schools in Mississippi. To learn more about any of the degrees discussed on this page, click the corresponding link below to visit the school’s website.

Belhaven University

(Jackson)
Accreditation: SACSCOC
Department: School of Education
Programs:

The University of Southern Mississippi

(Hattiesburg)
Accreditation: SACSCOC, NCATE
Department: School of Education
Programs:

William Carey University

(Hattiesburg)
Accreditation: SACSCOC, NCATE
Department: School of Education
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.