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Doctor of Education

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What can I do with a Doctor of Education (EdD)?

Academic / Campus Dean Campus President Department Chair Director of Curriculum Classroom Teacher Principal or Assistant Principal Director of Professional Development Head of Learning Learning and Development Manager Director of Professional Development Coach or Consultant

Keys to Success

To succeed in this competency-based program, you’ll need to set your own timelines and goals for completing each required competency. In addition, you’ll need to be a proactive listener, a committed class participant, and an engaged learner. If you’re unsure of anything at any time (as happens to everyone), ask questions! To support you during the program, you’ll have a Faculty Mentor providing one-on-one assistance and helping keep you on track to earning your EdD degree. Once you graduate with your EdD, you may find you have an advantage in the job market over those with lower level degrees.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed South College application for general admission
  • Completed South College application for the EdD program
  • Master’s degree from accredited college/university with a minimum 2.75 GPA

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.

Accreditation or Approval

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 (


Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1 – June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions.

Success at South College

Shawn Domm

I chose South College because it came highly recommended from mentors of mine, the faculty is second to none, and the program fits my ever-changing lifestyle. I also chose it because of the flexibility. My wife is still serving in the United States Air Force on Active Duty, and this means that we move when they tell us to move.

- Shawn Domm, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Ferichs

One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.

- Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Adam Hatcher

I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.

- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration
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