Doctor of Education

The Wilkes University Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is designed specifically for international educators, with courses that address the unique challenges faced when educating diverse students for an increasingly global and technological society.

The Ed.D. requires 60 post-master’s credits, which include 12 credits of research and 9 credits of dissertation and can be completed in as little as three years, or up to seven. Coursework is built around educational theory and research, combined with key connections to classroom technology and leadership practice in the international educational environment.

A hybrid format, blending online learning with face-to-face sessions, allows students to progress through the coursework as a cohort and engage with university faculty in a supportive and interactive learning environment. 

There is no extensive travel required for students to complete the coursework or dissertation research. Wilkes University faculty, holding terminal degrees and possessing extensive experience as educators and researchers, interact with their students through web-based conferencing tools, providing support during coursework and through dissertation research.



Applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited institution. Applicants must also submit the following:

  • Completed online application (
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Copies of certifications or licenses, if applicable
  • Two references using the downloadable online forms (Download recommendation form here
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Scholarly or professional project, product, or paper with an abstract attesting to how this submission reflects the applicant's potential for leadership and scholarship at the doctoral level

International applicants are also required to submit an evaluation of their undergraduate and graduate transcripts through World Education Services (WES) and an official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination.


Doctoral Core Courses Required of all Ed.D. Students:

I.) Leadership: 9 credits
ED 610 Ethics for Educational Leaders
ED 612 Leadership, Diversity, & Societal Change
ED 614 Organizational and Leadership Theory

II.) Research: 12 credits
ED 681 Introduction to Educational Research 
ED 682 Quantitative Methods for Educational Research I 
ED 683 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I
ED 685/686 Quantitative/Qualitative Methods II

III.) Dissertation: 9 credits
ED 697 Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3 credits)
ED 698 Dissertation Proposal (3 credits)
ED 699 Dissertation (3 credits) 

Educational Leadership Courses (15 credits)
ED 615 Professional Seminar in Educational Leadership
ED 629 Strategic Thinking and Planning
ED 623 Educational Technology Leadership
ED 632 Cognition and Learning
ED 643 Trends and Innovations in Instructional Technology

Concentration: Instructional Leadership (15 credits)
ED 670 Curriculum Theory
ED 672 Curriculum Design and Instructional Models

Plus three 3-credit electives from available doctoral level courses
The electives in the concentration area will be crafted/selected based upon the unique interests and goals of the student in consultation with their faculty mentor. 


The above course list is subject to change prior to the start of the program. For complete details or to inquire about application details, please Contact Us.