Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in New York

Updated: December 27, 2022

The state of New York is home to four schools that offer Doctor of Education (EdD) programs online. D’Youville College, Fordham University, New York University, and Teachers College, Columbia University all have EdD degrees students can pursue through primarily online instruction, with little or no on-campus requirements. In total, students can choose from four different online EdD programs, with specializations in areas such as Educational Leadership, Leadership and Innovation, Nursing Education, and K-12 Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy.

All of the schools listed on this page are non-profit universities regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Some departments are also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)*.

Schools in New York with Online EdD Programs

D’Youville College, located in Buffalo, offers an Online Ed.D. in Health Professions Education, which prepares health care professionals for leadership in health care education in academic and clinical contexts. Through the coursework, students learn how to plan health care education curricula, incorporate evidence-based teaching and learning strategies into their classes, optimize organizational structure and culture within classrooms and other learning groups, design online courses, and apply qualitative and quantitative research methods to evaluating and improving medical education systems, programs, and institutions. Students take a Teaching Core comprised of courses in curriculum planning and evidence-based practices and strategies in health care education; an Administrative Core that features courses in leadership, finance, and planning in health care education; and a Research Core with courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods and advanced statistics. After completing their core course sequences, students choose electives in areas such as online course design, personnel and program evaluation, global health professions education, and mixed methods research. Students are also required to complete a practicum and a dissertation through which they investigate an issue or challenge in health care education and/or administration. Students receive support during their work on their dissertation through two courses and mentorship from their faculty advisor and committee.

Located in New York City, Fordham University offers an online EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy online through its Graduate School of Education. The program consists of 50 credit hours and requires three years to complete, with one start date per year (in August). Curriculum revolves around four core practice areas: Educational Leadership and Organizational Change; Leading Teaching and Learning; Engaging and Transforming Schools, Districts, and Communities; and Policy and Advocacy. Students can expect to take courses in topics such as ethics and social justice, instructional improvement, leading a learning organization, economics and finance of education, educational policy and reform, organizational culture, urban education, and more. While the majority of instruction is delivered online, there are two required immersions on the Fordham Westchester campus in West Harrison, New York, where students have the chance to meet with faculty and classmates in person, participate in live lectures, and network.

Manhattanville College, based in Purchase, New York, offers a hybrid-online All But Dissertation (ABD) option for its Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, specifically for students who reside in New York State. This program requires students to have earned all or most of their EdD coursework from another institution, but who need additional structure and support to complete their dissertation and earn their doctorate. Students take intensive research workshops, writing seminars, and other key courses while also meeting with a dissertation advisor as they work on their paper. Courses are hosted in a synchronous online format.

New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, also based in New York City, offers an online EdD in Leadership and Innovation designed to be completed in just two years. Students take a total of 42 credits (17 courses), focusing on areas such as organizational theory, education policy, applied research methods, leadership, change and innovation, and management and data ethics. The online program utilizes synchronous (live) class meetings taught in the evenings through Zoom software, as well as asynchronous course elements accessible through the Canvas learning management system. There are two required week-long residencies on the NYU campus. The first takes place at the start of the program, serving as both an orientation and chance for students to discuss their professional experiences and goals with classmates and faculty. During the second residency, which comes in the final week of the program, students participate in several live seminars with education leaders and formally present their culminating projects. In place of a dissertation, students in NYU’s Leadership and Innovation EdD program are tasked with identifying and attempting to address a Problem of Practice, coming up with a solution to a real-world issue they face in their field or current organization.

Finally, Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City has an online Doctor of Education in Nursing Education program available through its Department of Health and Behavior Studies. Unlike a PhD or DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), which focus primarily on research and advanced practice, respectively, this EdD program is designed for nurses interested in taking on faculty or educator roles and leading innovation in the field of nursing education. The curriculum consists of 57 credits, with the expectation that students will transfer at least 33 credits from their master’s program (a total of 90 graduate credits are required to earn the EdD). Courses fall under four different categories: Nursing Education, Research Methods, Statistics, and Broad and Basic Courses, in which students have the chance to choose from electives in areas such as adult learning and higher education, cognitive studies, health education, or diabetes education. While the majority of the EdD program is online, there is a mandatory five-day orientation that takes place on campus in August prior to students starting their online courses. Students are also required to visit campus to take their certification exam and defend their research dissertation in person. Due to the specialized nature of this program, it is preferred that applicants already hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

Online EdD Programs in New York

The following is a list of schools in New York that offer EdD programs online. To learn more about any of these degree programs, click on the program name to visit the school’s website.

D'Youville College

Accreditation: MSCHE
Department: School of Health Professions

Fordham University

(New York)
Accreditation: MSCHE, NCATE
Department: Graduate School of Education

Manhattanville College

Accreditation: MSCHE, CAEP
Department: School of Education

New York University

(New York)
Accreditation: MSCHE, TEAC
Department: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Teachers College, Columbia University

(New York)
Accreditation: MSCHE, NCATE
Department: Department of Health and Behavior 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 and TEAC accredited programs will become CAEP accredited when their accreditation is up for renewal.