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Doctor of Philosophy in Education


If you are an education professional with a desire to be an active scholar in the field of education and make significant contributions to the existing body of knowledge, the online Doctor of Philosophy in Education program at NCU is an excellent option for you.

The program begins with a review of theoretical frameworks to support your understanding of the role of theory in a PhD degree, particularly as distinguished from the application-focused EdD degree. Alternating specialization and research courses enable you to maintain motivation while simultaneously building your content and research knowledge and skills. You’ll have the opportunity to combine a strong base of theoretical knowledge with an individualized focus to conduct research in and about PK-12, post-secondary, and adult learning environments as you contribute new and innovative information to advance your specialized field in education.

Designed by educators for educators, NCU’s PhD-Ed provides an in-depth, structured sequence of courses that prepares you with the knowledge you need to be an effective PhD scholar. You’ll also have access to a support system of advisors, faculty, and tools to guide you through your courses and the intensive, yet rewarding dissertation process.

Whether your desire is to teach in higher education, conduct educational research, or work in the area of educational research, NCU's PhD Ed program has a specialization suited for you.

This program is a great fit for aspiring or current professionals and leaders in*:

  • Educators (K-12 or Higher Education)
  • Education Administrators (K-12 or Higher Education)
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Related Education Professionals (school social workers, resource officers, guidance counselors)
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Non-governmental Organizations
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.


14 professionally relevant specializations
Total Credit Hours: 60 Credit Hours
Courses: 20 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 37 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

*This program is fully accredited by AAQEP through December 31, 2028. View a full list of the AAQEP-accredited programs at Northcentral University here.