University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs

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 prepares you to be a leader in pre-K–12 schools, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, research institutes, government agencies, or health and human services agencies.

The EdD is structured as a three-year cohort-based program for working professionals, enabling them to balance life, work, and school through the use of an executive format schedule and a hybrid course delivery model. The cohort of students are admitted in the summer term and complete a 90-credit program. 30 credits transferred from a relevant master’s degree and 60 credits completed in the EdD program.

The EdD program objectives are to:

  • Offer opportunities for you to gain an interdisciplinary perspective through courses that are created and taught by faculty across departments in the School of Education
  • Promote collaborative learning, shared experiences, and interdisciplinary knowledge through a cohort structure
  • Equip you with the knowledge and experience to be educational innovators who can address enduring problems of practice in their fields
  • Accommodate your needs as working professionals
  • Provide a clear pathway for completing the degree in three years

The School of Education offers the following Areas of Concentration (ARCO):

  • Education Leadership
  • Health and Physical Activity
  • Higher Education Management
  • Language, Literacy and Culture
  • Out-of-School Learning
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
  • Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Special Education
  • Urban Education

You can view our EdD videos, to discover 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.