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Doctorate of Education

College of Education

Location: Lincoln, Omaha
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Doane University's Doctorate of Education (EdD) prepares scholar leaders by developing the highly specialized knowledge and skills required of modern educational leaders. This practitioner's degree has an added focus on research and its applications. 

EdD graduates develop the capacity to make an impact in their professional and personal roles in the communities they serve. Graduates gain expertise, knowledge, skills, and disposition to continuously engage in issues of policy, program, and practice. This degree is for anyone seeking a terminal degree as a capstone of their preparation to be an educational leader.

Program Requirements

Doane's EdD includes 57 hours of post-graduate level coursework, seminars, and stand-alone courses, culminating in a dissertation. The 30 core hours of EdD coursework are in a sequenced Cadre format, similar to the Education Specialist program. We recommended your 27 post-Master's specialization courses be complete before beginning core classes, but arrangements may be made for this coursework to be taken concurrently with core courses. If taken before the completion of the original master's degree, we do not count elective coursework.

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Program Information

Postsecondary Education Administrators
2019 Median Pay: $95,410 per year
Job Outlook: +7% from 2018-2028
Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals
2019 Median Pay: $96,400 per year
Job Outlook: +4% from 2018-2028
Elementary, middle, and high school principals oversee all school operations, including daily school activities.

Postsecondary Teachers
2019 Median Pay: $79,540 per year
Job Outlook: +11% from 2018-2028
Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level.

Instructional Coordinators
2019 Median Pay: $66,290 per year
Job Outlook: +6% form 2018-2028
Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, implement it, and assess its effectiveness.

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Electives: 9 credit hours at the 600 level or beyond

Community & Culture

Based in Omaha, the Community and Culture emphasis prepares students to identify, communicate, and understand the nuances of rural, urban, or global community organizations. C&C is designed for students with a background in education, as well as students with interest in non-profit work, community development, government, management, and counseling. A culminating immersion experience will let students observe and participate in a rural, urban, or global location to develop the application of practical skills. This 57-credit hour program includes a 27-hour Specialization in Community and Culture, an 18-hour Doctoral Core, and 12 Dissertation credits.


Based in Lincoln, the Leadership emphasis prepares students for roles as academic leaders who utilize, analyze, and produce data that helps inform decisions and practices. This program is a seamless continuation of Doane's Education Specialist degree (EdS), but available to students from outside institutions as well. This 57-credit hour program includes a 27-hour Specialization in Leadership, an 18-hour Doctoral core, and 12 Dissertation credits.

Cate Sommervold

Cate Sommervold

Associate Professor
Doctorate of Education (EdD)
Doug Christensen

Doug Christensen

Professor of Practice
Master of Education (EdL)

Tim Frey

Dean of College of Education
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