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Creating Scholar Leaders in Education

College of Education

Location: Lincoln, Omaha

Degree Type: Graduate

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 degree as a capstone of their preparation to be an educational leader.

Program Requirements

Doane's Doctorate of Education 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.

Program Information

Faculty and Staff
Cate Sommervold, Professor

Cate Sommervold - Professor

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Marilyn Johnson Farr, Professor

Marilyn Johnson Farr - Professor

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Tim Frey, Dean of College of Education

Tim Frey - Dean of College of Education

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Career Paths

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

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Career Paths

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.

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Career Paths

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

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Career Paths

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.

Community and Culture Emphasis

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.

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Leadership Emphasis

Based in Lincoln, the leadership emphasis prepares students for roles as academic leaders who use, 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.

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Professional Advising

We take education and student goals personally. That's why from the moment our students register for classes to the day they graduate, they are assigned to a professional academic advisor.

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Academic Support

The Academic Support Center is dedication to providing students with the support, resources and tools to succeed. Support is available in a variety of areas including writing, reading, time management, proofreading and tutoring.


Career Development

We provide support for students and alumni to advance their carers and cultivate job search skills in resume writing, interviewing and more. Key relationships are fostered with employers to open pathways for internships and employment.

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