Online Doctor of Education (ED.D.)

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Overview of the Online Doctor of Education Program

Put your passion for education to work. The Doctor of Education (EdD) program develops sharp, well-rounded leaders ready to make a positive impact on the field of education. Some doctoral programs take a hands-off approach, asking students to find their own way to the answers. Not IWU – we uncomplicate education by guiding you to the knowledge you need and walking with you through the material. Action research completed within the program will help you solve problems in your current career context. We are respected experts in education and online learning. Our School of Educational Leadership has been developing world-changing teacher leaders for decades. See what sets us apart. Start to unlock knowledge.

  • Complete the EdD in as few as 20 months
  • 100% online – no residency requirement
  • Action Research Dissertation is embedded in the coursework
  • Many education leadership job postings now prefer an EdD
  • Must have an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree or 30 credit hours at the doctoral level to enter the program (See information on IWU's EdS program.)

You’ll Learn To…

  • Conduct high quality research in your field.
  • Integrate multicultural and global perspectives and solutions into your research.
  • Polish your written and verbal communication skills at the doctoral level.
  • Apply concepts from education history, change theory, and cultural responsiveness to your research and work.

Career Options

  • School district leadership roles
  • Higher education faculty positions
  • Education consulting
  • Government and non-profit education
  • School psychologist


30 Total
$607/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

10 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • An Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.), or 30 or more doctoral level credits (700 level or above) with an education focus.
  • The Ed.S. degree or 30 hours of doctoral work must be from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Degrees must be verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • GPA of 3.0 in all previous doctoral work.
  • Submission of all documents required by the Admissions Selection Committee and approval by the committee for admission into the program.

  • Completion of all classes with a minimum GPA of 3.25 and minimum grade of B- in each course. A grade of C+ or below will require the course to be repeated.
  • Successful completion of doctoral action research project and presentation.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Action Research

Students will complete Action Research as a part of this program. The action research will focus on an issue or problem from the student's own environment (school, work, etc.). The student will complete each phase of the project along side of the course work. At the end of the course work, the student will have a completed Action Research Dissertation. Students must complete each required section of the action research project in order to pass the academic course.


The Doctor of Education at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2022 through 06-30-2023