Advance Your Career with a Program Designed for Working Professionals Worldwide
Earn your Doctor of Education (EdD) at Webster University and prepare to make a difference through scholarship and service. Our program is online and global, allowing you to access the best in scholarship without leaving home — an ideal opportunity for full-time professionals, international students and others looking to advance into educational leadership roles.
Our faculty members bring transdisciplinary expertise in global education, social justice and research to equip students with the knowledge and skills to conduct research in line with their professional and academic pursuits. Mentorship opportunities with professors offer unique ways to get involved and work together to tackle real-world challenges.
The EdD program at Webster University is grounded in practice, theory and research, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Social consciousness, criticality and advocacy are also central to our approach.
Tailor Your Learning Experience at Webster University
Gain the specific knowledge and skills to complement your passions and professional goals. We offer four emphases options for the doctorate degree in education:
- Educational Leadership*
- Special Education*
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)*
- Transformative Learning in the Global Community - 100% Online (asynchronous)
*Modality for the first three emphases depends on classes chosen.
Choose Webster for a Doctor of Education Degree
Get One-On-One Apprenticeship Experience with a Faculty Mentor
Work together with faculty to co-author an article or conference proposal, design a new course or engage in service learning in the local community. Peer support and writing consultant groups offer additional opportunities for mentorship and networking.
Earn Your Degree Online
Webster sets the standard for global education. Our flagship emphasis, Transformative Learning in the Global Community, is offered Online (asynchronous) — plus residency requirement.
Get Involved and Build Your Experience
We help create opportunities for our EdD students to join professional associations, present at national and international conventions and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Our research methods courses also offer hands-on experience in using data management and analytical software.
Save on Tuition Costs
We offer scholarships, tuition payment plans and other financial assistance. Many school districts offer tuition reimbursement for the program and salary boosts for full-time teachers who earn a doctoral degree. EdS holders will also be waived 15 credit hours (equivalent to one year of coursework) in the EdD program.
“This program has caused me to dive deeper into areas of research that I believe are most impactful. I have a stronger understanding of the ways that I can investigate trauma as it relates to school leadership.”
Doctor of Education with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership; Assistant Principal, St. Louis Public Schools
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Find out more about the overall curriculum, electives and learning outcomes for a Doctor of Education degree at Webster.
Program Spotlight on Doctor of Education (EdD)
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Text on screen: Trezette Dixon, EdD ’23, Professional Educator, Webster University Adjunct Faculty
I'm pursuing a Doctorate of Education with an Emphasis in Transformative Learning in a Global Community.
Text on screen: Yin Lam (Nicole) Lee-Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of EdD Program
Yin Lam (Nicole) Lee-Johnson
This flexible emphasis is for people who are really care about social justice. And then how do we transform the status quo of inequities in educational systems?
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When we build a program, we want to make sure that there are four major elements in it. There is theory, research, practice and leadership.
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So for the theory building, I think for any doctoral program, students have to learn some of the academic constructs and for research they have to learn how to conduct research with the methods. So we have qualitative and quantitative research methods classes, and we want to make sure they also use the most up to date software for data analysis.
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For the practice, we want to make sure that dissertation projects are practical in the field, that they have application or meanings that they can be utilized, or they would transform the field, whether in the school building or among a school district.
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It has definitely changed the way that I perceive our students and how they learn and how our programs support our students. I feel that it's changed me as a critical thinker and looking at various programs and policies that exist and how we can make them more equitable for all students.
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I think the flexibility of the program being online and being engaging at the same time works for me as a professional, working full time as a mother, also as a person that takes care of their elderly parent.
Yin Lam (Nicole) Lee-Johnson
For the online modality, people would use a canvas system and then they read and write. But then we also have a lot of interactive components.
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I think that having that flexibility, but also having the engagement through video journaling and video blogging with my cohorts and also my professor really helps me to stay engaged, stay encouraged and really succeed in the program.
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Yin Lam (Nicole) Lee-Johnson
Even though our courses are online and asynchronous, we intentionally build community in our program for our students.
I've been a part of conferencing or convening, as we call it as well.
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And then also being a part of a peer mentorship program where students that are currently in the program have the opportunity to mentor those who are starting their program.
Yin Lam (Nicole) Lee-Johnson
So during the mentorship meetings and they would have one on one discussion on career building, how do I get a job that's relevant to the degree? Where to look for those jobs? How do I create my dissertation topic and how do I find a right dissertation chair for my project?
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So our projects are usually very applicable in the field, and I see them using that after graduating. So they would go provide like professional development talks within the school district and then they would go to conferences, present the ideas. They write books and write chapters and publish in journals about their projects. So those are what we intend for our students to do when they graduate.
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With my degree, I would love to transform the world one student at a time, and by doing that, using the research and what I've learned through the program to create a more equitable environment for all students and create supportive systems where all students can thrive. And this is impacting our students not just in the U.S., but globally.
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What Can You Do with a Doctorate Degree in Education?
The EdD program will create opportunities for you to advance in your academic and professional career. Many of our students aspire to become educator scholars or educator leaders in their local communities. Others seek administrative and various leadership roles in education, nonprofit and government sectors. Popular career paths for our graduates include:
- University Professor
- Higher Education Administrator
- Diversity Officer or Director for Educational Institutions
- Researcher or Administrator for Nonprofit Organizations
- Administrator for Government Agencies
“It is truly empowering to embrace my transformation over the course of this doctoral program and arrive at the time in which I can proudly call myself an educational researcher.”
EdD with an Emphasis in Transformative Learning in the Global Community
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