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Doctor of Education

Leadership is calling you. IWU’s Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program can help you answer your call to leadership within education—from P-12 to higher education to educational policy, research and more. Plus, earn your degree fully online in as little as 20 months!

Why Pursue My Ed.D. Online at IWU?

From a doctoral program that blends theory and actionable research in education through an accelerated degree structure to offering our Ed.D. doctorate fully online, IWU has aimed for the highest caliber of higher education experience for more than a century—and online education for more than a quarter century. We will lock in your tuition rates, meaning no tuition hikes for the duration of your program. We are also proud to offer the support you need to have a meaningful impact on education as a leader in this field—through faculty who bring a practitioner-centered approach to your learning and curriculum aligned to industry standards and best practices. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career.

What Will I Learn in an Ed.D. Doctorate Program?

This Ed.D. online program makes the most of your background in education through a leadership approach to this field. Course studies explore key aspects of educational leadership, such as issues and ethics in education, learning and change management theories, research methods in education and statistics for education. At IWU, you’ll take advantage of a robust research focus that bridges theory and actionable conclusions.  

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

30-60 Credit Hours


$650/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

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
What You Will Study in This Ed.D. Online Program

Coursework for your bachelor’s degree covers how to:

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

After Graduation
Potential Careers

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

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • Have completed a master's degree in education (or related field) 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.
  • Have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate-level courses from a master's degree-granting institution.
  • Have a minimum of three years of experience at an educational organization or related field.
  • Present at least two letters of recommendation.

Process for doctoral candidacy: 

  • Satisfactory completion of EDL-723 Capstone. 
  • Submission of all documents required by the Admissions Selection Committee. 
  • Approval by the committee for progression into doctoral candidacy at program mid-point. 

*NOTE: This program is selective. Complete packets meeting all requirements do not guarantee doctoral candidacy. 

  • 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 as approved by committee chair but prior to publication.

Process for Doctoral Candidacy

  • Satisfactory completion of EDL-723 Capstone
  • Submission of all documents required by the Admissions Selection Committee
  • Approval by the committee for progression into doctoral candidacy at program mid-point.
*Note: This program is selective. Complete packets meeting all requirements do not guarantee doctoral candidacy.

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 alongside 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.

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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

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