Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in West Virginia

There is currently only one school in West Virginia that offers a Doctor of Education degree online. At Marshall University in Huntington, students can pursue an EdD in Leadership Studies through primarily online study, visiting campus only once to defend their dissertation. Marshall is a nonprofit institution, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Its College of Education and Professional 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 West Virginia with Online EdD Programs

As mentioned above, Marshall University offers a Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies online through its College of Education and Professional Development and online learning division, MU Online. The program focuses on the many aspects of effective management, from logistical challenges to moral and ethical issues, preparing students for leadership positions in not only schools or universities, but nonprofits, the government, NGOs, social service agencies, and a wide range of other organizations. A minimum of 45 credit hours are required to earn the degree, which is designed to be completed in roughly three years. Coursework is delivered entirely online through the Blackboard learning management system. However, students are expected to present their final dissertation in person at Marshall’s South Charleston campus location. The program admits on a rolling basis and allows students to start during any term (fall, spring, or summer).

Curriculum in Marshall’s Leadership Studies EdD is divided into three sections: Major Field (18 credit hours), Research and Support (18 credit hours), and Dissertation Research (Nine credit hours). During their first year, students take content courses directly related to leadership and administration, studying topics such as Principles of Leadership, Ethical Theories, Financial Models, Organizational Analysis, Legal Issues, and Current Issues. The second year is focused on research courses to prepare students for their capstone dissertation work. This portion of the curriculum includes classes in Qualitative Methods, Statistical Methods, Survey Research, Research Design, and Advanced Research I and II. Finally, during their third year in the program, students begin independent research and development of their dissertation prospectus.

Those interested in pursuing their EdD in a different specialization, such as Early Childhood Education, Higher Education Administration, or Curriculum and Instruction, may want to consider online options offered by schools in other states. Many colleges and universities around the country have online EdD programs that accept out-of-state students from West Virginia. To learn more about the various specialization options and browse available programs, check out our Online EdD Program Specializations page.

Online EdD Programs in West Virginia

The following is a link to Marshall University’s online Doctor of Education program. For more information about the EdD track described on this page, including current admission requirements and tuition costs, click the link below to visit the program’s website.

Marshall University

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, NCATE
Department: College of Education and Professional Development

*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.