General Education, PhD-ED

General Education Specialization

The field of education is constantly evolving from the teaching advancements brought about by progressing technology to the use of data to guide and improve learning outcomes. It’s a dynamic time to work in academia, and with so many areas of focus, it may be difficult to choose just one.

If you envision a future in education that doesn’t fit neatly into one discipline, NCU’s online Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD-Ed) offers an option that may help you achieve your career goals. The general specialization allows you to combine disciplines–such as e-learning and curriculum development, or learning analytics and international education–into one online degree program.

The requirement for a PhD-Ed with a general specialization is the successful completion of 18-credit hours along with a doctoral dissertation. You must take education courses at the 7000- and 8000-level, including two elective courses from other subjects, such as psychology or business, to fulfill specialization requirements.

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Ed 60 20 45 months View Course Catalog
*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
You won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Program Learning Outcomes
  • Develop deep knowledge of educational systems, theories, and research in an area of expertise
  • Interpret theories, research, and ideas for different audiences through multiple methods of communication
  • Integrate ethical principles and professional standards for a specific discipline within the field
  • Conduct autonomous or collaborative research using high-level analytical skills
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge specific to a discipline within the field