Online Doctor of Education (EdD)
Doctoral Completion

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Overview of the Online Doctor of Education Program

Build on your existing credit hours to become a world-changer in your field.

The outlook for a career in education is growing quickly. Are you ready to rise to the challenge? IWU’s 100% online Doctor of Education (EdD) is designed to help you complete your doctorate based on your past experience. This program develops sharp, well-rounded leaders ready to make a positive impact on the field of education.  

Turn your past credit hours, your EdS degree, or your doctorate degree into a Doctor of Education. Completing your EdD will expand your career opportunities – and you can complete the program in as few as 20 months. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a role in teaching and administration in P-12 or higher education, educational policy, education/training in businesses, consulting, or action research. IWU’s program provides:

  • Fully online courses, no onsite residency or travel required
  • A multicultural and global responsiveness thread through all classes
  • Dissertation embedded within coursework

It’s time to fulfill your dream of empowering lifelong learners. Are you an ABD? Enroll in the EdD program designed to help you complete your doctorate and leave your mark on the world of education.

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Apply biblical principles in reading, research, writing, and reporting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct high-quality action research in their field.
  • Apply education history, learning theory, and cultural responsiveness to their learning and action research.
  • Apply multicultural and/or global perspectives and solutions in action research.
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions relevant to the field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write and communicate at the doctoral level.

Career Options

  • University Professor
  • Superintendent
  • School Administrator (P-12 & Postsecondary)
  • Education Consultant
  • Non-Profit Leader/Educator


30 Total
$650/ 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 (EdS), or 30 or more doctoral level credits (700 level or above) with an education focus.
  • The EdS 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. All courses should have been taken for a grade.
  • 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 defense of doctoral action research dissertation and approval of written dissertation by committee chair.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees, including publication of APA-compliant dissertation to Proquest, is required to receive a diploma.
    • Candidate may participate in commencement after successful defense and completion of any postdefense content editing but prior to publication.

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 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024