Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Oregon

The state of Oregon is home to two schools that offer Doctor of Education degrees online. Concordia University – Portland and George Fox University both have EdD programs students can pursue either entirely online or through primarily online study with limited on-campus visit requirements. Degree specializations available at these universities include Administrative Leadership, Higher Education, Instructional Design and Development, and Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation.

Both of the schools listed on this page are nonprofit institutions, regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on College and Universities (NWCCU). George Fox’s School of Education is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).* To learn more about each school’s online EdD options, continue reading below.

Schools in Oregon with Online EdD Programs

At Concordia University – Portland, students can pursue a Doctorate of Education online in one of five different concentrations: Administrative Leadership, Higher Education, Instructional Leadership, Transformative Leadership, or Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation. Offered by the school’s College of Education, this fully online EdD program is designed for working professional from diverse backgrounds, who want to develop as leaders and enact positive change in their organizations. The degree can be completed entirely online in three years, with no required campus visits. Students who opt to pursue the program online participate in an interactive virtual residency, which provides the same in-depth collaboration and academic support opportunities as a traditional campus-based residency session. For those who live in the Portland area, there is also the option to complete the program through a hybrid of online and on-campus courses.

During their first year of studies, all students take a series of core courses in topics such as Transformational Learning, Leading Organizational Change, The Ethical Educator, Scholarly Writing, and Creativity, Inquiry, and Innovation, as well as two courses in their area of concentration. The Higher Education concentration, for example, includes coursework in Curriculum and Leadership, Finance and Facilities Management, Higher Education Law, and Human Issues, Accountability, and Administrative Behavior. The second year includes more concentration courses, along with research courses focused on Literature Review, Prospectus Writing, and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. The third and final year of the program is devoted entirely to dissertation work, with students developing their capstone research study under faculty guidance before defending the final product to their dissertation committee.

Located in Newberg, George Fox University offers an online Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership through its School of Education, with concentrations in Administration or Instructional Design and Development. The program is for students looking to take on high-level positions in school or district administration, as well as those interested in teacher education and faculty roles in postsecondary institutions. A total of 56 credit hours are required to earn the degree, which takes around three years to complete. While the majority of the program is online, there is an annual two-week residency on the Newberg campus each summer. During these residencies, students meet with faculty and classmates to receive face-to-face instruction and participate in scholarly engagement activities.

Curriculum in the program is comprised of 38 Core Semester Credits, 12 Concentration Credits, and six Elective Credits. All students can expect to complete core courses in areas such as Leadership, Research in Effective Teaching, Political and Social Perspectives of Education, Faith and Learning, Educational Statistics, Qualitative and Quantitative Research, and Ethics, Equity, and Justice. Those who pursue the Instructional Design and Development concentration will also take courses in Leading Educational Organizations through Professional Development, Equity in Educational Environments, Leading People, and Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Students in the Administration track fulfill their concentration requirements by completing one of two administrative licensure programs offered by George Fox. There is Principal License (Tier I), for educators who want to move into P-12 school or district administrative positions, or Professional Administrative License (ProAL/Tier II), for those already in administration looking to pursue top district-level roles.

Students interested in pursuing their EdD online in a specialization not available at either of these schools, such as Early Childhood Education or Educational Policy, may want to consider a program based out of state. Many colleges and universities around the country offer online Doctor of Education programs that accept students from Oregon. Some of these can be completed entirely online, while others include one or more on-campus residencies or other in-person components. To learn more about specialization options and browse available programs, check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page.

Online EdD Programs in Oregon

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

George Fox University

Accreditation: NWCCU, 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.