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What Can You do With a Doctorate Degree in Education?

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The Ed.D. program in Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: Literacy provides students with a strong core in literacy, theory, research and practice with the aim of cultivating leaders as change agents who are prepared to cultivate culturally-responsive, effective literacy learning across diverse contexts.  We are producing the next generation of scholarly practitioners who will advance knowledge of the field to address educational challenges while sustaining the integrity and vitality of the discipline. 

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

Our Ed.D. program is proud to be a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).  This is a national effort toward ensuring the Ed.D. is a rigorous and relevant degree that prepared educators to be agents of change who disseminate their work widely and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders in order to improve learning outcomes for all.  What this means for our students is they learn and grow in a program that is involved at a national level while they receive attention to their local professional context.

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If you're interested in working at the elementary, middle or secondary school levels, you may consider a career as a principal. You'll manage your school and work in conjunction with teachers to make sure that the curricula meet high academic standards. Some of your duties can involve hiring and observing teachers, preparing budget reports and establishing school objectives. You'll meet with other administrators in the district, along with parents and community members, to discuss administrative decisions.


An Ed.D. in Educational Leadership can prepare you to work as a superintendent for a school district. Even with a doctoral degree, however, you will likely work your way to this position from a role as a principal or school administrator. You'll oversee the schools assigned to your district, and the number of schools will vary by location. Your office will handle fiscal duties, such as processing expenditures and payroll, as well as conduct school elections. Additional duties you'll have include running school programs and supporting technology services.

College Provost

If you emphasize your Ed.D. curriculum in higher education, you could find employment at a postsecondary institution. Your responsibilities will include developing academic programs and policies, making budgets and appointing faculty. You'll assist the college president and supervise upper-level staff. This role ultimately requires you to maintain the institution's standards and meet its long-term goals.

Curriculum Coordinators

Besides designing and deciding the curriculum that is taught in schools, some curriculum designers may create standardized testing materials. College and graduate school entrance exams are examples. In a school system, curriculum coordinators actively work with teachers and administrators. T

  • School superintendents, directors of student services and certain university professors typically need a doctor of education degree.
  • A doctor of education degree prepares individuals to serve as leaders in schools or colleges, or work for school districts or government organizations.
  • Multicultural Affairs Director
  • Career Services Director
  • Writing Center Director
  • VP of Student Affairs
  • Associate VP of Student Affairs
  • Dean of Student Affairs
  • Director of Admissions
  • Assistant VP of Enrollment Management (higher ed)
  • Director of Student Success Center
  • Academic Advising Services Coordinator
  • University Professor
  • School administrator in elementary or secondary schools

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Depending on your specialization, earning your EdD can prepare you to pursue professional, academic, administrative, research, or clinical positions in:*

    • The P–12 setting (educator, administrator, specialist, department chair)
    • Higher education (faculty, administration, leader)
    • Private organizations
    • Public institutions
    • Civil service
  • EdD programs prepare students for academic, administrative, clinical, professional or research positions in K-12 and higher education, civil service, private organizations or public institutions.
  • Executives in school districts, faculty at the university level, training supervisors in large and small businesses or Chief Learning Officers in large corporations.

Curriculum Leadership

Director of Student Services (public schools)

Teacher Education

Higher Education

Community Agencies

Student Success Centers (higher ed)

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Teacher Education Organizations

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC)
National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)

Teacher Organizations

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
National Education Association (NEA)

Higher Education Organizations

A listing of various organizations that may be of interest to faculty, researchers, and PhD students.

American Association of University Professors (AAUP) - the purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

American Council on Education (ACE) - the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

American Education Research Association - improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

American Institutes for Research - performs basic and applied research, provides technical support, and conducts analyses based on methods of the behavioral and social sciences. Our program areas focus on education, health, individual and organizational performance, and quality of life.

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. - provides a cross-disciplinary, higher education organization primarily focused on the need to develop Latino/a faculty and senior administrators as well as serve as a leading research and advocacy group for Hispanic higher education issues.

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) - the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.

Association of American Universities - focuses on issues that are important to research-intensive universities, such as funding for research, research policy issues, and graduate and undergraduate education.

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) - AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.

Chronicle of Higher Education - published weekly, The Chronicle is the No. 1 news source for college and university faculty members and administrators.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation - largest institutional higher education member organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the U.S.

Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) - an organization representing academic programs that offer master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral preparation of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and/or hearing scientists.

Council of Graduate Schools - dedicated to the improvement and advancement of graduate education. Its members are colleges and universities.

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) - CUR's mission is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

Education Commission of the States - links to state governors, legislatures, and education agencies.

EDUCAUSE - over 8,500 unique higher education organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. You may view the Directory by name, location, or Carnegie Classification.

National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education (NCCI) - committed to advancing administrative and academic excellence in higher education by identifying, promoting, supporting and sharing effective organizational practices among member institutions.

State Higher Education Executive Officers - compendium of National Data Sources on Higher Education.

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