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Doctor of Education (EdD)

Please note, we are not accepting applications at this time. The Doctoral Committee will be meeting in the next few months to select the specializations for the next cohort. We will update the website with this information once it has been determined and will begin to accept applications shortly after the information has been posted.

To address the dramatically changing landscape of education in the 21st century, which includes new research on the science of learning, advances in technology, and the emergence of a for-profit education sector, the Johns Hopkins University School of Education offers an innovative online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program. This Ed.D. program is designed to prepare an exceptional corps of educational practitioners, both nationally and internationally, who can set a high standard for transformational leadership in education, apply evidence-based practices to improve educational outcomes, and meet the vast challenges associated with improving learning outcomes in both public and private educational environments.

Program requirements include a minimum of 90 graduate credits. Students must enter the program with a master's degree comprising a minimum of 36 graduate-level credits, which will be transferred into the Ed.D. program. Thus, students must complete a minimum of 54 credits at the doctoral level at JHU. The program includes the following required coursework components:

  • Science of Learning (12 credit hours)
  • Educational Organizations, Contexts, and Systems (12 credit hours)
  • Applied Research and Evaluation (9 credit hours)
  • Specialization Area (12 credit hours)
  • Applied Dissertation (9 credit hours)

Specialization areas vary from year to year. The 2016-2017 specialization areas are as follows. (2017-2018 specialization areas have not been determined at this time.)

Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education

Mind, Brain, and Teaching

Technology Integration in K-16 Education

In addition to successfully completing all coursework requirements (Program of Study), candidates must also satisfy written and oral assessments that document attainment of competencies and an Applied Dissertation.

Since the Ed.D. program is designed specifically for the practicing educator, GREs will not be required for admission to the program. However, the coursework is rigorous and candidate selection is highly competitive.

To apply, please go the How To Apply page on our admissions website. For more information, contact or call (877) JHU-SOE1 Toll Free.

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Dr. Stephen Pape 
Dr. Christine Eith

Academic Program Administrator
Janet Mason

Christine King

“I like the interdisciplinary nature of the EdD program. As someone who has worked with high-risk youth, children are having more socioemotional issues at an earlier age. I’m attempting to draw parallels between health and education to demonstrate there is a need in schools to educate the whole child.”

Christine King
EdD, Doctoral Student