Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, there are six schools that offer Doctor of Education degrees online. California University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Gratz College, Gwynedd Mercy University, Point Park University, and Wilkes University all have EdD programs students can pursue either entirely online or through primarily online study with some campus residency requirements. Combined, these institutions offer a total of eight different online programs, with specialization options in areas such as Higher Education Leadership, K-12 Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology, Special Education, Athletic Administration, and more.

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

Schools in Pennsylvania with Online EdD Programs

The College of Education and Human Services at California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) has a fully online Doctor of Education in Education Administration and Leadership students can pursue while earning a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility. There is also the option to enter the program with advanced standing, if students already hold the SLE credential and just want to earn their doctorate. Cal U’s online EdD in Education Administration and Leadership is comprised of 57 credits and offers a special focus on fiscal resource management. Students can expect to gain advanced skills related to operations management, problem-solving, decision-making, communication, and more, taking courses in areas such as business practices and financial management, human resource relations, applied research in educational settings, and ethics and integrity in education leadership. The program is delivered entirely online using asynchronous instruction, meaning students can access lectures and complete assignments on their own schedule, without being required to login at specific times for live lectures or class discussions.

Drexel University in Philadelphia offers a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online through its School of Education with nine different concentration options. Students can choose to specialize in Athletic Administration, Creativity and Innovation, Educational Administration (with the option to earn a Pennsylvania Superintendent Letter of Eligibility), Educational Policy, Global and International Education, Higher Education, Human Resource Development, Learning Technologies, or Special Education Leadership. This fully online program requires roughly 61 quarter credits and takes three to five years to complete on a part-time basis. Along with core courses in Educational Leadership and Change, Creative Strategies for Educational Leaders, Using and Integrating Learning Technologies, Program Evaluation in Organizations, and Transformative Leadership, students take a number of courses related to quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as 15 to 16 credits of concentration courses in their focus area. For example, the Learning Technologies track includes courses such as Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development, Technologies for Performance Support, Play and Learning in a Participatory Culture, Introduction to Instructional Design, and The Purpose and Business of E-Learning.

At Gratz College in Melrose Park, students can pursue a Doctorate of Education in Leadership online through the Department of Graduate Programs. Designed for educators looking to enhance their leadership abilities and produce positive change in educational settings, the program consists of six core courses and seven additional courses in one of three concentration tracks: PreK-12 Education, Jewish Education, or Higher Education. A total of 48 credits are required, and the degree is designed to be completed in three years with courses offered online in an eight-week accelerated model. Core curriculum covers topics such as Leading an Educational Organization, Strategic Planning for Educational Leadership, Cross Cultural Perspectives in Educational Leadership, Methods of Inquiry, and Needs Assessment, Program Design, and Evaluation. There are also three required week-long summer residencies, in which students travel to campus to participate in face-to-face learning and networking opportunities during Gratz’s annual Summer Institute.

Gwynedd Mercy University has an Accelerated Executive Doctorate in Educational Leadership that can be completed online in less than three years. Offered by their School of Graduate and Professional Studies, the program includes three potential areas of interest: Leadership in PreK-12 Schools and School Districts, Leadership in Higher Education, or Leadership in Special Education. Each concentration requires a minimum of 54 credits, as well as two on-campus residencies and an international study experience. Coursework in GMercyU’s online EdD program covers a combination of advanced theory and skills development in areas ranging from teaching, assessment, and education research to faculty management and community relations, in order to prepare graduates for advanced careers in research, policy, or administration. Those with at least three years of relevant work experience also have the option of earning a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility as part of their studies.

Located in Pittsburgh, Point Park University offers an EdD in Leadership and Administration online through its School of Education. The 54-credit, three-year program has three different concentration options, allowing students to tailor their studies toward Professional Leadership, K-12 Administration (including Principal Certification), or earning a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility. Each track is delivered entirely online, with no campus visit requirements. Students spend their first year completing courses in their chosen concentration, before moving into theory and research coursework in their second year and dissertation courses in their third. Courses run year-round, divided into eight-week sessions, and take place in the evening one night a week, delivered online through live video. There is also a two-year option for students able to transfer 18 post-master’s credits toward the EdD.

Finally, Wilkes University has two online EdD programs for students to choose from, both offered by their School of Education. The first is a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership for International Educators that is designed for teachers and leaders who want to improve educational systems around the world. Coursework is built on a foundation of theory and research, combined with key skills related to instructional methods, curriculum design, classroom technology, and leadership practice. While the majority of the program is delivered online, it also includes annual four-day residencies at international sites, where students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in different cultures and learn from educational leaders in locations such as Dubai or Panama City.

The second online program available at Wilkes is a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with specializations in K-12 Administration (with a Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility) or Educational Leadership (which offers concentrations in Educational Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, or Educational Leadership Studies). Curriculum for this EdD focuses on the principles of leadership theory and practice, providing the framework for scholarship, innovation, and strategic organizational transformation. Along with virtual class sessions and online coursework, students must attend three on-campus residencies throughout their studies. Both EdD programs at Wilkes University require 60 post-master’s credits and can be completed in three to four years.

Online EdD Programs in Pennsylvania

The following is a list of schools in Pennsylvania that offer Doctor of Education programs online. To learn more about any of the EdD degrees described on this page, click the corresponding link below to visit the program’s website.

California University of Pennsylvania

(California)
Accreditation: MSCHE, NCATE

Gratz College

(Melrose Park)
Accreditation: MSCHE

Gwynedd Mercy University

(Gwynedd Valley)
Accreditation: MSCHE

*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.