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.

Career Potential*

  • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
  • Education Administrators, All Other
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
*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