Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in North Dakota

Updated: February 28, 2024

Two schools in North Dakota currently offer Doctor of Education programs online. The University of Mary offers an online EdD in Educational Leadership and Administration with concentration options in K-12 Leadership and Administration, Higher Education Leadership and Administration, and Special Education Leadership and Administration, while the University of North Dakota has an online EdD in Educational Practice and Leadership that features four specializations: Higher Education, School Leadership, Special Education, or Teacher Education.

Both the University of Mary and the University of North Dakota are nonprofit institutions, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, the University of North Dakota’s College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP). To learn more about these two online EdD programs, continue reading below.

Schools in North Dakota with Online EdD Programs

The University of Mary offers an online EdD in Educational Leadership and Administration that prepares students to lead effectively in diverse educational environments, with concentration options in K-12 Leadership and Administration, Higher Education Leadership and Administration, and Special Education Leadership and Administration. This EdD is offered fully online, though students are required to attend annual 2-week summer residencies on the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck. This program features core courses such as Public Relations, Leading Curriculum, Research Methods & Data Analysis, Research in Educational Neuroscience, Historical Foundations of Education, Leading Adult Learners, Educational Ethics, and Quantitative & Qualitative Research. Upon completing their core coursework, students turn to their concentration-specific coursework. The Higher Education Concentration consists of three classes in Systems and Finance in Higher Education, The Professoriate and Beyond, and Program Evaluation. Students who choose the K-12 Education Concentration complete courses in Systems & Finance in K-12 Education, Assessment & Accountability, and Supervision of Differentiated Instruction, while the Special Education Leadership Concentration is comprised of four courses, Special Education Administration, Leading Adult Learners, Assessment & Accountability, and Systems & Finance in K-12 Education.

In addition to their concentration courses, students choose two electives from a menu of classes that encompass a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to Diversity in Culture and Human Relations, History of Western Education, Executive Leadership, Coaching Today’s Athlete, School Law, Integrating Technology in Education, School Community Relations, Leadership for Social Justice, and Introduction to Project Management. The culminating experience in the program is a doctoral dissertation, through which students investigate an education problem or issue within their professional setting and use tactical scholarship methods to develop, implement, test, and evaluate potential solutions to the specific challenges that they experience in the field. During their work on their dissertation, students receive support and guidance from their dissertation chair and committee.

The University of North Dakota (UND) offers a Doctor of Education in Educational Practice and Leadership online through its College of Education and Human Development. Designed for full-time educators, the degree program is delivered entirely online, with no in-person residency requirements. A total of four specialization tracks are available: Higher Education (HE), School Leadership (SL), Special Education (SPED), and Teacher Education (TE). Each can be completed in approximately three years, requiring a minimum of 90 semester credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree (actual program credit requirements vary by specialization and students may be able to transfer up to 30 credits from their master’s program with faculty approval). Courses utilize a combination of synchronous and asynchronous components, including streaming video content, prerecorded lectures, virtual libraries, and online discussion boards. Students can also complete an internship, with the chance to learn from expert practitioners in a diverse range of educational settings.

The program’s curriculum offers a number of ways to customize one’s course of study based on academic interests and professional goals. All students take an interdisciplinary core, consisting of courses in Administration and Organizational Behavior, Issues and Trends in Education, and Higher Education Diversity Systems and Policy. After completing an Introduction to Applied Educational Research, they can then select their own research pathway, choosing from scholarly courses in Learning Analytics, Action Research, Classroom Based Inquiry, or Program Evaluation. Finally, students will focus their studies on one or more specialization areas, each of which comes with its own required courses and related electives. The Higher Education specialization, for instance, includes courses in Principles and Practices in Higher Education, Learning and Leading in Organizations, History of Higher Education, Assessment in Higher Education, and Adult Learners. Students in this track can then choose from electives such as Curriculum in Higher Education, Academic Administration, Student Support Services, Higher Education Law, Public Policy, College Student Experience, Higher Education Planning and Finance, or Technology in Higher Education.

Students interested in pursuing their EdD online in a specialization not offered by the University of Mary or UND, such as Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or Organizational Leadership, may want to consider enrolling in a program based out of state. Many schools around the country offer online EdD programs that accept students from North Dakota. To learn more about available concentration options, check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page.


Online EdD Programs in North Dakota

Below is a link to the University of North Dakota’s online EdD in Educational Practice and Leadership program. For further information about the degree tracks discussed on this page, including current admission requirements and tuition costs, please visit the school’s website.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, CAEP