Doctor of Education FAQ

How long does the program take and what level of commitment is required?

The program is structured so that you complete required course work in three to four years. This requires two courses each term (summer, fall, and spring). Completion of your dissertation begins in year 4 and must be completed by year 7.

Between the fall and spring terms in Year 1, all doctoral students are required to take the Doctoral Qualifying Exam (DQE) in order to continue on in the program. The subject matter of the exam will include the course content completed in the first two terms of the program. There is increasing flexibility in the second and third years as you and your mentor design your coursework to fit your individual needs, narrowing the focus of your dissertation.

The following is an example of a potential doctoral learning path, though the actual courses offered each term will differ from those shown below, as this information is just for informational purposes:

What is the concentration for the degree?

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Instructional Leadership. As you move through the curriculum, you will narrow your focus on the dissertation topic of your choice, which builds upon the core classes and electives you have chosen.
For more information about the courses, please find short descriptions of each on the Wilkes website HERE.


How much travel will be required?

This is a “low-residency” program, meaning that participating students are required to be physically present for one week each year for face-to-face instruction. The first residency will be during summer 2017 in the United States.

Since the program is cohort-based, the same group of students will complete most courses together, with the fall and spring semester coursework entirely online. There will be some synchronous components of these courses, but because students will be located in Europe and the Middle East, these will be scheduled at convenient times for this region.

As other Wilkes students have experienced, the distinct advantage of hybrid classes lies in meeting and working with the same cohort. So when you're completing coursework from anywhere in the world, you know that your classmates are more than just an online profile, they’re with you the whole way.


What is the cost?

For 2016, the tuition rate is $620 per credit (plus travel and housing costs during residency). Students should anticipate a customary adjustment in tuition each year.


Is this program approved by YÖK?

No, the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is an international program designed specifically for teachers who are working in international schools and who would benefit from the latest innovations and issues in education from this perspective. As such, it is akin to going to the U.S. for your degree.

Many of the teachers who have joined the program have found this to be an advantage, since completion of the degree program can bring greater career options in the future.


Who should join this program?

If you have a master’s degree in education or a related field, are passionate about education and looking to excel in a leadership role, then this program may be for you.

Completing a doctoral degree requires a significant investment of time and energy, but there is no better investment than the one you make in yourself.


Do I have to be employed in a school to join the cohort?

While the benefits of employment is a school/college/educational setting is noted, Wilkes University places no such requirement on doctoral students.  If fact, we have historically found that diversity of students in all dimensions (including employment experience and history) enhances the collective experience of the developing educational leader.


Can I transfer credits into the program?

Students may be permitted to transfer up to 18 credits acquired post-master’s toward the doctoral degree pending a review of transcripts from accredited institutions. After being accepted to the doctoral program, a request for transfer credit review may be submitted to the chair of the Department of Educational Leadership (Request for Transfer of Post-masters Credits form). Credits must be posted on a graduate transcript after the date of the award of the master’s degree from an accredited institution.

Transfer credits must match existing credits contained in the scope of the doctoral program at Wilkes. Course descriptions will be reviewed to determine compatibility with existing Wilkes courses. Students may be required to submit course syllabi when course descriptions are inconclusive. All submitted documents must be in English.  Students may appeal decisions to the dean of the School of Education.


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