Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Nebraska

The state of Nebraska is home to five schools that offer Doctor of Education programs online. Clarkson College, College of Saint Mary, Creighton University, Nebraska Methodist College, and University of Nebraska–Lincoln all have EdD degrees students can pursue either entirely online or through predominantly online study with minimal campus visits. A total of six online programs are available through these institutions, in specializations such as Educational Leadership, Higher Education, P-12 School Leadership, and Healthcare Education.

All of the schools listed on this page are nonprofit institutions, with regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Some are also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). To learn more about online EdD options from schools in Nebraska, continue reading below.

Schools in Nebraska with Online EdD Programs

Located in Omaha, Clarkson College has an online Doctor in Health Care Education and Leadership program, designed for experienced healthcare professionals who want to develop and manage educational processes in both academic and practice settings. This EdD requires a total of 44 semester hours, and can be completed in either eight semesters of full-time study or 14 semesters on a part-time schedule. According to the program’s website, curriculum takes a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach, focusing in particular on outcomes assessment, learning theories, curriculum and program development, transformational leadership, and applied research. Students take core courses in areas such as Organizational Systems and Behavior, Healthcare Policy and Law, Interprofessional Education, and Healthcare Economics and Financial Management, along with major courses covering Trends and Issues in Health Care Education, Assessment of Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Managing Organizational Conflict, and more. Certain courses require students to complete a service experience, where they will have the chance to apply their lessons in the field while demonstrating the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity, and Excellence.

At College of Saint Mary in Omaha, students can pursue a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership through entirely online study, without any in-person requirements. The cohort-based program explores a range of topics related to leadership, instruction, learning, curriculum, assessment, and more, helping prepare students to teach or lead at any level of education, as well as in business or corporate settings. A total of 87 credits are required to earn the doctorate, but up to 36 of those credits can be transferred from a related master’s degree. Most full-time students can complete their EdD in around three years. There is also a part-time track available, for those who want to continue working full time while pursuing their degree. Coursework in the program covers areas such as Leadership in Educational Organizations, Adult Learning Theory, Advanced Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research, Technology Leadership, Ethics in Educational Leadership, and Curriculum, Assessment, and Quality Improvement. Courses are delivered through the Canvas Learning Management System using primarily asynchronous instruction. However, students can also expect to occasionally participate in live virtual meetings, utilizing Cisco WebEx to communicate with classmates and faculty face-to-face.

Also in Omaha, Creighton University offers a Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership online through its Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Based in Jesuit ideals, with a strong emphasis on social justice and organizational change, this EdD is designed for all types of current or aspiring leaders, from school administrators to chief executives or marketing managers. The program consists of 60 credit hours and takes approximately three to four years to complete. Along with a number of courses related to doctoral research and dissertation development, students take core courses in areas such as Leadership and Applied Ethics, Administrative and Policy Leadership Issues, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Strategic Planning and Management,, and Change Theory and Practice. They then have the chance to customize their course of study according to their interests by choosing from a wide range of electives. Examples of potential elective topics include Human Resources Leadership and Management, Planning Programs for Adult Learners, Women and Leadership, Catholic Social Teaching and Learning, Financial and Legal Leadership Issues, Military Leadership, and Policies, Politics, and School Board. While the majority of coursework can be completed online, students must attend two on-campus residencies (at the beginning and end of the program) to participate in an orientation and defend their final dissertation.

The Department of Healthcare Management at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha has a Doctor of Education in Education and Leadership in Healthcare students can also pursue online, with only two required three-day on campus sessions. Designed for working professionals, the degree requires just 24 months of full-time study, or three years on a part-time schedule. Students must complete a total of 44 credits, including Doctoral Core courses in Biostatistics, Research, Healthcare Finance, Healthcare Policy, and Population Based Healthcare. The remaining EdD Curriculum covers more specialized topics, with courses in Organizational Change and Accountability, Leadership in Organizations, Curriculum Planning and Evaluation, Information Technology in Healthcare and Education, Legal and Ethical Issues in Organizations, and Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Methods. Instead of a traditional dissertation, students take part in a capstone practice project, where they apply the program’s theories and concepts to a real-world issue facing healthcare education or leadership.

Finally, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) offers two Doctor of Education degrees online through its College of Education and Health Sciences’ Department of Educational Administration. The first is an online EdD in Educational Administration with a focus on P-12 School Leadership, intended for educators looking to obtain credentials in primary or secondary school administration. The program requires a minimum of 45 semester hours and includes three required one-week summer residencies on campus. For those looking to work in postsecondary settings, UNL has an online EdD in Educational Studies with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education. This track even offers students the opportunity to further specialize by choosing one of three concentration areas: Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration, or Community College Leadership. A minimum of 48 semester hours are required to earn the degree, which also includes some on-campus residency sessions. In addition to these in-person components, doctoral students in either program are expected to visit the Lincoln campus for both their dissertation proposal and defense.


Online EdD Programs in Nebraska

The following is a comprehensive list of schools in Nebraska that offer Doctor of Education programs online. For further information about any of the EdDs discussed on this page, such as current admission requirements or tuition rates, click the corresponding link below to visit the program’s website.

Clarkson College

(Omaha)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Department: Education and Leadership
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College of Saint Mary

(Omaha)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Department: Graduate Programs
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Creighton University

(Omaha)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP
Department: Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
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Nebraska Methodist College

(Omaha)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Department: Healthcare Management
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University of Nebraska - Lincoln

(Lincoln)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP