Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Missouri

The state of Missouri is home to two schools that offer Doctor of Education degree programs online. Both A.T. Still University of Health Sciences and Maryville University have EdD options students can pursue through entirely online study, with no required campus visits. A total of two programs are available at these institutions: a Doctor of Education in Health Professions and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership.

ATSU and Maryville are both nonprofit universities, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Maryville’s School of Education is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).*

Schools in Missouri with Online EdD Programs

At A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) in Kirksville, students can pursue a Doctor of Education in Health Professions online through the school’s College of Graduate Health Studies. Designed for practicing clinicians, healthcare educators, directors, and others who want to excel as leaders in the field of health education, this fully online program entails a total of 55 credit hours and has no residency requirement. Curriculum focuses on teaching health professionals how to best educate others, with courses in areas such as Cultural Competence and Multicultural Education, Educational Program Evaluation, Innovative Teaching Strategies in the Health Professions, Instructional Design and Program Planning, Technology and Educational Transformation, Student Assessment, and more.

Students can access course materials at any time through the Canvas online learning platform, logging in to view asynchronous web-based instruction, video demonstrations, and directed readings, as well as interact with faculty and classmates through online discussions and email. The EdD program culminates in a Doctoral Research Project (DRP), in which students produce an original manuscript that can be submitted to peer-reviewed journals for publication.

Located in St. Louis, Maryville University has a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership that can be completed entirely online in as few as 32 months. Offered by their School of Education, the cohort-based program features a curriculum focused on practice-based research, reflective leadership practice, academic leadership strategies, and data analysis. Students complete 48 credits in all, taking courses such as Reflective Leadership Practice and Inquiry, The College Student Experience, Educational Research Methods, Organizational Leadership in Higher Education, Strategic Change and Innovation, The Academic Community, Performance and Accountability, and Leading in a Complex Environment.

Coursework in the program is 100 percent online, and students can choose to attend their research residencies, which involve presentations and workshops designed to help students complete their dissertation, either online or on campus. Along with personal mentorship from the program’s scholar-practitioner faculty, online students at Maryville also have complete access to the school’s library database and librarians to help with dissertation research.

Students interested in additional specialization options may want to consider online EdD programs offered by schools in other states, many of which accept students from Missouri. currently categorizes EdDs into 13 different specializations to help students find a program that best fits their educational and professional goals. To browse online programs by area of focus, check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page.

Online EdD Programs in Missouri

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

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Department: College of Graduate Health Studies

Evangel University

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Department: College of Adult and Graduate Studies

Maryville University

(St. Louis)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, NCATE
Department: School of Education

Missouri Baptist University

(Saint Louis)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP
Department: School of Education

*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.