Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in North Dakota

Only one school based in North Dakota offers a Doctor of Education program online at this time. The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks has a fully online EdD in Educational Practice and Leadership, which students can pursue in one of four specializations: Higher Education, School Leadership, Special Education, or Teacher Education. UND is a nonprofit institution, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Its College of Education and Human Development is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).* To learn more about their online EdD program, continue reading below.

Schools in North Dakota with Online EdD Programs

As mentioned above, 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 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.

University of North Dakota

(Grand Forks)
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, NCATE

*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.