Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Texas

Updated: February 1, 2023

Texas is home to ten institutions that offer Doctor of Education (EdD) programs online with little or no campus requirements. These include Abilene Christian University, Baylor University, Houston Christian University, Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, and three schools in the Texas A&M system (College Station, Commerce, and West Texas A&M). Students can choose from a total of 14 different online programs offered in the state, with specializations ranging from PreK-12 or Higher Education Administration, to Organizational Leadership, Agricultural Education, Instructional Systems Design, and more.

All of the schools listed on this page are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Some programs or departments detailed below are also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).*

Schools in Texas with Online EdD Programs

At Abilene Christian University, students can pursue a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership online through the School of Educational Leadership. The 60-credit program is designed to be completed in three to five years, and offers degree tracks in Conflict Management, Higher Education, Positive Leadership, and Learning with Emerging Technologies. Curriculum in all four concentrations is organized around the following core competencies: personal development, resource development, collaboration and communication, organizational assessment, and organizational culture. Coursework is delivered entirely online through asynchronous instruction, and students are not required to visit campus at any point during their studies.

The Baylor University School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, located in Waco, offers an EdD online in Learning and Organizational Change. Comprised of 54 credits, the program can be completed in three years of full-time study, or four years on a flexible part-time schedule. The practitioner-focused curriculum emphasizes areas such as curriculum design and instruction, dynamics of organizational change, contextual learning and design, professional development, and program assessment and evaluation. Students attend live weekly online class sessions, which utilize webcams to allow classmates and faculty to interact face-to-face. There are also two required immersions on the Baylor campus, where students get the chance to learn from professors in person and apply their new skills to collaborative group assignments.

Houston Christian University offers an online Doctor of Education in Executive Educational Leadership that prepares students to lead educational institutions in the public and private sectors. Students of this program take courses that cover foundational and advanced topics in leadership theory, cultural competence for education leaders, emerging education technologies, Christian worldview for education leaders, public policy in education, program evaluation, district and community relations management, current issues in education, and human resource management. This program also includes several research courses that train students in doctoral level research methods and data analysis, in preparation for their dissertation work which occurs during the latter half of their enrollment in the program. This program is 100% online with no campus visit requirements, and each student cohort is approximately 20 people, enabling more in-depth interactions between faculty and students.

Lamar University in Beaumont has an online Doctorate in Educational Leadership that emphasizes global educational leadership and admits students from all over the world. Offered by their College of Education and Human Development, the fully online program consists of 60 credit hours and spans eight semesters (including summers). Working in cohorts, students take courses such as Global Education Ethics and Values, Global Leadership Issues, Global Communication, Leadership in Higher Education Administration, Educational Research Methods, Fundamentals of Program Evaluation, and Strategic Planning and Educational Leadership. Members of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) or Apple Distinguished Educator Institute can also earn credit toward their degree through professional development.

Located in Huntsville, Sam Houston State University’s (SHSU) College of Education offers two EdD programs online. The first is a Doctor of Education in Developmental Education Administration available through their Department of Educational Leadership, designed to give educators the knowledge and skills they need to develop and manage effective education programs for underprepared community college and university students. The second program, which is offered through the Department of Library Science and Technology, is a Doctor of Education in Instructional Systems Design and Technology, which focuses on the integration of technology into curriculum. Both degrees can be completed entirely online, each requiring 60 credit hours in total.

The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University, College Station offers a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction online for those interested in leading curriculum and instructional assessment in P-12 settings. The cohort-based program requires a minimum of 64 credit hours, with an estimated completion time of four years. While all coursework is delivered online in an asynchronous format, students must make three visits to the A&M campus throughout their studies. The first is a mandatory orientation event that takes place on the Friday before the first semester of classes. The remaining two campus visits are scheduled during the second and third years, respectively, and coincide with students’ capstone Record of Study project. Students also complete a professional internship experience totaling 300 hours over two semesters of the program.

Another school in the A&M system where students can pursue an EdD online is Texas A&M University, Commerce (TAMUC), which offers two programs to choose from. First, there is a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration with emphasis on K-12 public school administration from their Department of Educational Leadership. The program uses a cohort model, and includes the option to take Superintendent certification courses, allowing students to earn certification while completing their doctorate. TAMUC also has an online Doctor of Education in Higher Education (HIED) program, available through their Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies. Students in this degree track study topics such as Community College Curriculum, Issues in Adult and Developmental Education, History of Higher Education, Policymaking, Curriculum Development, Finance, Student Affairs Administration, and more. Both online EdD programs at TAMUC consist of 60 credit hours and include an on-campus residency requirement.

Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a total of three EdD degrees available for online study. Their College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources offers a Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education online, which requires a minimum of 64 semester hours. The curriculum for this program is comprised of core courses such as Methods of Technological Change, Program Development in Agricultural and Extension Education, College Teaching in Agriculture, and History and Philosophy of Agricultural Education and Communications, as well as coursework in statistics, research, and evaluation, and the chance to customize one’s study plan with electives in their particular area of interest.

Along with this program, Texas Teach offers two EdDs online through their College of Education: a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (PreK-12) and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration with areas of emphasis in Community College Administration, and Higher Education College/University Administration. Both of these programs entail 60 credit hours, with two summer immersion sessions and additional weekend-long events held on campus. The EdD in Educational Leadership features courses in school district resource management, student learning and performance measurement, research for educational administration, curriculum and assessment, problem-based research in education leadership, and human capital development for educational contexts. The EdD in Higher Education Administration has classes in higher education finance, access and equity in American higher education, adult student learning, community college leadership, policy analysis in higher education, and a higher education doctoral seminar.

Students can pursue an EdD in Professional Leadership online from the University of Houston, with available specializations in Literacy Education or Social Studies/Social Education. The program, offered through their College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, focuses on current issues facing education in urban contexts, preparing educators with the skills they need to enact positive change and take on leadership roles in urban schools, community organizations, or related educational institutions. A total of 51 credit hours are required to earn the degree, including a nine-hour core with courses covering Issues in Urban Education, Foundations of Education, and Learning and Development. The remaining curriculum is comprised of courses dedicated to research, leadership, and one’s specialization, as well as a six-credit Laboratory of Practice, where students engage in problem-solving activities related to their respective fields, and six credits associated with their doctoral thesis.

Finally, West Texas A&M University in Canyon has an online Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership available through its College of Education and Social Sciences. Consisting of 60 credits, the program is designed to be completed in three years and offers degree tracks in either Educational Leadership or Leadership in Higher Education. Both concentrations include a focus on leading schools in rural communities, with courses in Decision Making, Educational Law, Organization Theory, Emergency Management and Response, Ethics in Educational Leadership, and more. While the majority of coursework is delivered online, students are expected to participate in campus-based immersion experiences each year. There is also an optional international immersion that takes place in Mexico during the first summer of the program.

Online EdD Programs in Texas

The following is a list of every school in Texas that offers an EdD online. To learn more about any of the degrees described on this page, click on the corresponding link below to visit that program’s website.

Abilene Christian University

Accreditation: SACSCOC

Baylor University

Accreditation: SACSCOC
Department: School of Education - Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Houston Christian University

Accreditation: SACSCOC
Department: Pampell Online Division

Lamar University

Accreditation: SACSCOC, NCATE
Department: College of Education and Human Development

Sam Houston State University

Accreditation: SACSCOC, NCATE
Department: College of Education - Department of Educational Leadership
Department: College of Education - Department of Library Science and Technology

Texas A&M University, College Station

(College Station)
Accreditation: SACSCOC

Texas A&M University, Commerce

Accreditation: SACSCOC
Department: Department of Educational Leadership
Department: Department of Higher Education & Learning Technologies

Texas Tech University

Accreditation: SACSCOC, NCATE

University of Houston

Accreditation: SACSCOC, CAEP

West Texas A&M University

Accreditation: SACSCOC
Department: College of Education and Social Sciences

*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.