Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in New Jersey

There are two schools in New Jersey that currently offer Doctor of Education programs online. Fairleigh Dickinson University offers an online EdD in Higher Education program that can be completed fully online. At Rowan University, students can pursue an EdD in Educational Leadership through almost entirely online study, with only three required in-person meetings. Their online EdD program has three specialization options to choose from: Higher Education, P-12, or Nurse Educator. Both Fairleigh Dickinson University and Rowan University are non-profit institutions that are regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Schools in New Jersey with Online EdD Programs

Located in Teaneck, Fairleigh Dickinson University offers an Online EdD in Higher Education that provides students with the knowledge, methodologies, and skills to research and address systemic challenges in higher education, support school enrollment and retention, incorporate innovative education technologies, and forge strategic partnerships with community members, employers, educators, and other stakeholders. This program is comprised of 45 credits spread across 15 classes that cover topics such as the history of higher education, organization and administration in higher education, enrollment management and retention, educational assessment and evaluation, data analytics, community development in higher education settings, quantitative research methodologies, and diversity and inclusion in higher education culture. For their culminating experience, students complete a dissertation through which they examine an issue in higher education and develop research insights that are applicable to the improvement of higher education practices and systems.

Rowan University in Glassboro offers an EdD in Educational Leadership through its College of Education that students can pursue online in one of three specialization tracks: Higher Education, P-12, or Nurse Educator. The cohort-based program is designed to help education professionals develop as leaders, with a particular focus on reflective decision making, collaboration, innovative change, and administrative ability. A total of 60 semester hours are required to complete the degree, including a 36-credit core curriculum, 12 credit hours of specialization track courses, and 12 hours related to dissertation research and development. Online students must attend three in-person residencies on the Glassboro campus throughout their studies. The first is a two-day orientation that takes place just before the start of the program. During the second residency, students sit for a written benchmark exam, and the third residency is dedicated to dissertation preparation.

Every student in Rowan University’s EdD in Educational Leadership program takes the same set of 12 core courses, studying topics such as Leadership Theory, Quantitative Analysis in Educational Research, Action Research in Educational Leadership, Changing Organizations, Diversity in Educational Leadership, Issues in Qualitative Analysis in Educational Research, Applied Ethics of Educational Leadership, Mixed Methods Research in Educational Leadership, The Policy Environment, and Advanced Leadership. The remaining curriculum is largely focused on students’ area of specialization. Those in the Higher Education track can expect to take courses in Student Development and Adult Learning Theory, Current Issues in Higher Education, Higher Education Governance, and Nature and Function in Higher Education. The P-12 track includes courses in Instructional Leadership and the Curriculum, Issues in School Governance, Promoting Effective Learning, and Planning and Negotiating. Finally, students who choose the Nurse Educator track will take Student Development and Adult Learning Theory, Institutional Design and Curriculum Development in Nursing Education, Nursing Program Evaluation and Information Resources, and a Practicum in Nursing Education.

Students interested in pursuing a different EdD specialization than the ones offered through Rowan University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, such as Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, or Organizational Leadership, may want to consider an online program offered by a school in another state. Many out-of-state schools offer online EdD programs that accept students from New Jersey. For more information about EdD specialization options, as well as a list of available online programs, check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page.


Online EdD Programs in New Jersey

Below is a link to Rowan University’s online EdD in Educational Leadership program and Fairleigh Dickinson University’s online EdD in Higher Education. To learn more about these degree programs and their respective specialization tracks, click below to the visit their websites.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Accreditation: MSCHE, CAEP
Department: FDU Online

New Jersey City University

(Jersey City)
Accreditation: MSCHE, CAEP
Department: Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education

Rowan University

Accreditation: MSCHE, NCATE

Saint Elizabeth University

Accreditation: MSCHE, CAEP
Department: School of Professional Studies

Saint Peter’s University

(Jersey City)
Accreditation: MSCHE, TEAC
Department: Caulfield School of Education