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.

Out of School Learning - Doctor of Education (EdD)

The EdD Area of Concentration (ARCO) in Out-of-School Learning is intended for experienced professionals who aspire to be transformational leaders in out-of-school learning. Prospective applicants might currently work in museums, out-of-school time (OST) settings, libraries, digital media/technology, university outreach/extension, policy groups and think tanks, life-long learning programs, parks, environmental centers, arts-based organizations, community settings, youth development, or the many other areas where we explore learning environments that exist outside of classrooms. Program faculty are expert in connecting research and practice and have experience across a wide range of out-of-school settings, audiences, and learning arrangements.

Out-of-School Learning students are part of a larger, multidisciplinary EdD cohort of students from eight different specializations in education, offering rich opportunities for collaboration and broad learning about education. The core EdD curriculum covers educational foundations and methods of practitioner inquiry, while the specialized out-of-school learning curriculum focuses on informal learning theory, organizational processes, applied life-long learning, and evidence-based change and evaluation.

In addition to online work, most students in the EdD program come to Pittsburgh for occasional Saturday sessions with the entire EdD cohort. Students in the out-of-school learning program can opt for this online/face-to-face model or could choose a predominately online model. Students who do not live in Pennsylvania can apply for merit-based scholarships to help offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.

OST's first cohort is launching in May 2017. Applications are due February 1, 2017.

To discover more about some recent partnerships and projects specifically through our University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE) as well as some general out-of-school and informal learning projects within the School of Education, please read the fall/winter 2015-2016 edition of our
School of Education News magazine.

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