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Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Harness the power of your prior knowledge and experience to earn your Doctor of Education (EdD) degree online at South College with our competency-based doctoral degree program. Progress through the program online as quickly as you can demonstrate mastery of each competency through taking innovative assessments. Spend more time on topics that are new to you and move faster through areas where you’ve already built expertise. Start working toward your EdD today!


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Degree Features

Doctor of Education (EdD)

  1. Program Duration

    Offered in 6-month subscription-based terms. Most students finish within 3 years, while some finish in as little as 2-2.5 years.

  2. Financial Aid

    Available for qualified EdD applicants.

  3. Location

    Earn your Doctor of Education degree entirely online!

Financial Aid

You can do this, and we can help. Financial aid – through a variety of government, state, and local programs, grants, and scholarships – is available to those who qualify. To learn more about financial aid options available for students in our Doctor of Education program, contact a member of our  financial aid team today.

Industry Outlook

Highly skilled and specialized educators can provide value within schools and organizations. After completing your Doctor of Education degree, you can explore new paths within organizational or instructional leadership or progress in your current career to build better programs, curricula, and/or teaching models. You may also find that having an EdD gives you an advantage in the job market over those with lower level degrees.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Program Overview

Our Doctor of Education program is a competency-based doctoral program and is designed to allow highly motivated students to finish the degree in an accelerated format at an affordable cost compared to other programs. Our EdD curriculum requires satisfactory completion of 10 courses (including a dissertation) for a total of 90 quarter hours. EdD program specializations include:

  • Adult Learning and Development
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Teaching and Learning (K-12 Education)
  • Organizational Leadership

This program is not designed to lead to licensure or certification. Anyone interested in seeking acknowledgement of the degree in his/her school system or by their home state’s Department of Education for applicable requirements such as compensation increases, should contact the appropriate organization before beginning the program. Students are responsible for determining whether the South College program will meet their home states’ requirements for any such acknowledgement.

South College


South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels, as well as certificates. Questions about the accreditation of South College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (


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