Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education (Ed. D.)

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By expanding your research expertise, Carson-Newman’s Ed.D. program prepares you for the highest levels of leadership in education. Designed for full-time educators who already have a degree (master’s or Ed.S.), the doctoral program at Carson-Newman builds on your previous education and experience. With an emphasis on analyzing theory and research findings in a variety of educational settings, the program will also have you explore applications of research and develop your leadership skills. In a flexible format, you complete assignments online and participate in online discussions and group activities. During the fall and spring terms, you will finish one three-credit course every eight weeks, and during the summer, you may complete up to four courses.


  • Choose an emphasis in Administrative Leadership or Curriculum and Instruction Leadership.
  • In your capstone research experience, you’ll develop a research proposal and dissertation under the direction of the Institutional Review Board of the Graduate Committee.
  • Apply advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings in a variety of educational settings.
  • Demonstrate the leadership skills required for implementation of research-based change strategies.



According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), graduates with a Doctor of Education degree can pursue employment in a variety of careers, including:

Admissions Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all institutions in which you have attended
  • 3.3 minimum GPA from graduate studies
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two references
  • Sample of scholarly writing you have completed in the past. APA-formatted master’s research or thesis is preferred.
  • If you have a valid Professional Educators License, please submit a copy of your certificate to the Graduate Information Office by email.

Carson-Newman is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The Doctor of Education is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). For information regarding the CAEP Annual Reporting Measures, click here.