University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Earn your EdD in three.

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

Responding to the needs of individuals looking to advance their careers, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education offers a Doctor of Education (EdD) program that serves professionals and researchers from various fields through interdisciplinary and practical experiences. The part-time EdD is a three-year cohort-based degree program that accommodates the needs of working professionals through very clear timelines and a hybrid course delivery model, including a one-day orientation, a weeklong intensive on-ramp experience, cross-disciplinary research seminars, and an internship.

The EdD helps graduates advance within their professional careers in educational administration as well as preparing students for careers as faculty within teaching-centered colleges and universities. This is in contrast to our PhD, which is a full-time program that helps to prepare graduates for research-oriented careers and/or working as faculty within research and doctoral granting universities. Get in touch to find out more information now.

Check out our EdD videos, which provide a comprehensive view of the doctoral programs available. Discover why we created the new EdD program, how our programs allow for a work/life balance, the importance of a cohort model, and the benefits of studying with students in other disciplines. Also, if you're trying to choose which doctoral path is the right one, you can also compare with our PhD program. And if you'll be joining us from outside of Pittsburgh, we have a video to give you a better sense of the city and our campus.

Special Education - Doctor of Education (EdD)

The major goal of the Special Education EdD program is the preparation of leadership personnel to serve in public or private K-12 schools and/or education agencies (public/private, profit/nonprofit) at the local, regional or national level. The focus of preparation for the EdD program is on the development of knowledge and skills in such areas as leadership, collaboration and consultation, management and administration, supervision, preservice and in-service education, professional development, organizational development, program evaluation, marketing and recruitment, and community relations. Candidates will also be prepared in appropriate research methodologies and evidence-based practices in educational and related services at the organizational level and at the individual student level.

Students may focus their studies on the following areas: applied behavior analysis, autism, blindness/vision impairments/orientation and mobility, early intervention, emotional and behavior disorders, learning disabilities or severe disabilities. The EdD program is a writing-intensive program with multiple opportunities for students to learn and participate in the review, integration, and application of research literature, and the design, implementation, and application of applied research to address important issues and problems in the practice of special education.

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School of Education
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5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
PHONE: 412-648-2230
FAX: 412-648-1899
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