Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program

Be a more influential voice in education.

The American education system continues to face mounting challenges that require passionate and informed responses facilitated by experienced practitioners. At Bradley University, we do everything we can to educate and prepare leaders like you to address these challenges today and long into the future.

One way we’re doing that is by incorporating a unique, practical doctoral research requirement. Action research methodology is strategically embedded throughout your coursework, allowing you to immediately apply what you’ve learned to real-world scenarios.

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Finish in as few as seven semesters.

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Complete the doctoral research requirement employing action research methodology embedded within coursework.

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Enjoy the resources of a larger university and the personal learning experience of a smaller university.

Bradley’s online Doctor of Education program offers a focus in Higher Education Administration.

This track has been designed for students interested in higher education or community college leadership.

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Practical, Ethical Education Leadership

Bradley’s online Doctor of Education program has been developed with a strong emphasis on practical applications of leadership strategies, theories and best practices. In addition, our program also stresses ethical leadership in a variety of higher education settings.

Why Bradley for your online doctorate
in education?

Beyond our extensive background in higher education, Bradley’s Ed.D. program is often recommended by people you know and trust. Bradley has educated leaders working in higher education across the nation, becoming synonymous with excellence and success.

At Bradley, our online Ed.D. program separates itself from other online education doctoral programs by applying theory to real-world issues, selecting professors with practical experience and emphasizing social justice in education and leadership.

  • Our professors are selected for their history and practical experience in public schools and higher education, and ability to bring that expertise into the classroom.
  • The doctoral research requirement employs action research methodology within coursework.
  • An emphasis on social justice prepares graduates to identify and combat injustice for the benefit of all students within their schools.

What can you do with an Ed.D.?

Earning your education doctorate degree online can open your career up to numerous new opportunities.

If you’re interested in leadership at a university, college or community college, our Higher Education Administration track can help you meet that goal. Earning your Ed.D. can propel and secure your career in higher education. Many community college professors have earned a terminal degree in their field, driving up the competition and making a doctorate a near requirement.


Learn from innovative education leaders.

The dedicated faculty members who lead our online doctoral programs in education are committed to helping you succeed as you take the next step in your career. Our faculty facilitates rich experiences by sharing their first-hand knowledge, allowing students to apply practical theories to current and future challenges.

Have you talked with one of our enrollment advisors yet?

At Bradley, we want you to feel excited and confident that our program is the perfect fit for your individual needs. That’s why we have a team of specialists ready to answer all your questions about our school, program, curriculum, tuition, admissions and more.

Chatting with one of our enrollment advisors (EAs) is a no-pressure conversation solely focused on understanding your needs and helping you make the right decision. And don’t worry — talking with an EA in no way commits you to enroll or continue communicating with our team — but you might find you want to.

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Please note that this program is not designed for, and does not lead to, licensure or certification for a specific position or profession.