Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Overview of the Doctor of Education Online 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 to enter (See information on IWU's EdS program.)

Learn How 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 Possibilities

  • School district leadership roles
  • Higher Ed. Faculty positions
  • Education consulting
  • Gov. and non-profit education
  • School psychologist

Career Data

  • Average salary in the US in 2018: $76,566 (Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.)
  • Number of Job Postings in the US in 2020: 13,623 (Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.)


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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
30 Total $595 / credit hour

30 credit hours for financial aid represent the Ed.D. Program of Study only.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. . The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if a student withdraws from the program and restarts in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

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

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email


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





Below are the lists of requirements for the Doctor of Education Degree program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

*NOTE: This program is selective. Complete application packets meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • 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.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Doctor of Education Degree program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.