Where Can I Earn a PhD in Education Online?

You may earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Education online at several universities. The schools and degree programs listed below are among the not-for-profit and regionally accredited universities offering online Ph.D. programs in education. Note that all have some residency requirements, so you will have to travel to the college now and then. Schools offering Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Ph.D. in Education Online Program Overview

Many schools offer online Ph.D. programs in Education. Applicants generally must have a master's degree, although a few programs will accept someone with a bachelor's degree. Experience in the field of education is usually required as well. Some schools schedule on-campus requirements during the summer, so educators won't have to miss time at their regular jobs. Here is information on a few schools, programs and residency requirements:

Common Courses Research methods, educational leadership, leadership in community colleges
Prerequisites Entrance exam scores, letters of recommendation, samples of prior research, and a statement of purpose may be required
Possible Careers Professor, researcher, higher education administrator
Continuing Education Professional development programs and seminars are available in person and online
Median Salary (2018)$78,470 (Postsecondary Teachers)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)15% growth (Postsecondary Teachers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

The online courses in the educational studies program don't meet at scheduled times, so distance learning students interact with professors and each other through e-mail, instant messaging and discussion boards. The curriculum covers teaching and learning as well as policy, finance and other management and administration subjects. Courses in your chosen specialty are included.

  • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Residency requirements: Six credit hours of coursework must be on campus.

Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

Regent is a private non-profit evangelical Christian university. The school's cohort-based Ph.D. program is a hybrid of online and on-campus learning.

  • Ph.D. in Higher Education
  • Ph.D. in Special Education

Residency requirements: Each Ph.D. candidate spends a total of three summer weeks on campus.

Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Computing Technology in Education major focuses on online education. Courses consider learning theory and instructional design, telecommunications, online learning and program administration.

  • Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education

Residency requirements: Four weekend cluster sessions on campus are required each year.

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Students concentrate on aspects of vocational and workforce education that interest them, such as community colleges, adult literacy or other education, in-service training or other variations on the theme. While the core courses are all available online, some specialty or other required courses may not be.

  • Ph.D. in Career and Workforce Education

Residency requirements: On-campus segments of the Ph.D. program include orientation and some traditional semester-long courses.

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