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If you are looking to enter an administrative or leadership role, pursue an Education Doctorate from Grand Canyon University!

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Pursue a Doctorate in Education at GCU

Build and sustain ever-changing organizations, and help them and their people succeed with Grand Canyon University's online EdD programs. GCU’s Doctor of Education programs are embedded with research skills development throughout the curriculum. As a learner in one of our online doctorate programs, you have the opportunity to work on content expertise, with specially inserted dissertation milestones to give you the opportunity to complete the doctoral journey in as few as three years.

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Why Earn Your EdD at GCU?

Grand Canyon University's College of Doctoral Studies seeks to engage learners in the process of becoming scholar-practitioners by deliberately invoking design principles that create scaffold, embedded curriculum grounded in adult learning theory. The College of Doctoral Studies provides structured, integrative, learning-centered doctoral programs which encourage reflective thinking from learners and collaborative interactions among learners and faculty.

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Doctor of Education Focuses

If you are interested in applying your research skills to help develop new ideas and ways to improve an organization, you should consider applying to a doctoral program in education. A doctorate in organizational leadership prepares future educators, school administrators, government officals, non-profit leaders and other professionals for leadership roles within their schools and facilities. GCU's EdD degrees to consider include:

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What Are the Benefits of an EdD Degree?

One benefit to earning an EdD degree is the boost to your career. Employers are impressed by prospective employees who have taken the time to complete a doctoral program and acquire the extra knowledge and experience it provides. The respect accrued by finishing an EdD program is earned by the time and effort devoted to meeting all the benchmarks. EdD degrees also help people become better leaders and learners in their respective fields. This means that an investment made in such a degree is an investment in knowledge. In addition, students often reap considerable personal satisfaction from the major accomplishment of earning a doctorate. Although this may not be your primary motivation for enrolling in an EdD program, personal fulfillment is a reward in its own right.

What is the Difference Between an EdD and a PhD?

Universities often offer two-degree programs for professionals in various fields such as education, leadership, or change management – Doctor of Education (EdD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students working toward an EdD focus primarily on exploring practical applications of existing theoretical knowledge rather than on creating new theories. In addition, an EdD program typically explores educational leadership. The EdD is ideal for those who wish to teach in K-12 schools or become administrators at any level, including at institutes of higher education.  Professionals with EdDs can also be found in non-profits or in government roles, as the program prepares graduates for practical application to critical issues in a wide range of workplaces.

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“When I decided to work towards earning a doctorate degree, I experienced a range of doubts. Could I do this while working full time? Was I knowledgeable enough? Could I achieve this at my age? I chose Grand Canyon University (GCU), where I found out right away that my professors were highly responsive and actually cared about my progress. I remember vividly the day I received the email that began, ‘Dr. Gagne, I would like to be the first to congratulate you.’ As I look back at all the pressure I put on myself, it was well worth it. I have accomplished something only a few do in a lifetime, and I owe a great deal to GCU and the staff who worked diligently to help me be successful.”

Dr. James Gagne
Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Instructional Leadership

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Many working professionals aspire to attain a higher level of education. GCU's online degree programs offer the flexibility you need to get ahead, providing a quality education to help you thrive in today's complex business world. Backed by the legacy of our traditional campus, GCU is an accredited university that stands out from other online education institutions.

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Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research in EdD Programs

Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research Studies in EdD Programs

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EdD in Organizational Leadership: K-12 Leadership
Qualitative or Quantitative Research

With the online or evening K-12 program, you will learn the principles of leading teachers, fiscal management strategies and the structure of contemporary K-12 educational systems.

EdD in Organizational Leadership: Special Education
Qualitative or Quantitative Research

Become a strategic education professional, a leader in special education or special education consultant with the EdD degree with an emphasis in special education.

EdD in Organizational Leadership: Higher Education Leadership
Qualitative or Quantitative Research

Reflect critically on existing leadership theory, while focusing on the history, structure and governance of modern post-secondary institutions, with the EdD degree in higher education.

EdD in Teaching and Learning: Adult Learning
Qualitative or Quantitative Research

Earn an online EdD in adult teaching and learning, and help fellow educators reach their academic goals by becoming a highly effective instructor in master’s and doctoral programs.

EdD in Organizational Leadership: Organizational Development
Qualitative or Quantitative Research

Learn the leadership skills necessary to transform an organization for optimal success and growth with the EdD online with an emphasis in organizational development.

EdD in Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
Qualitative or Quantitative Research

In addition to gaining leadership skills, the EdD online health care administration program focuses on issues facing the health care industry, including regulation topics.

EdD in Organizational Leadership: Behavioral Health
Qualitative or Quantitative Research

Focus on leadership and planning, with an emphasis on clinical supervision in behavioral health settings and intervention methods, with the EdD online in behavioral health.

EdD in Organizational Leadership: Christian Ministry
Qualitative or Quantitative Research

For church leaders seeking to gain a deeper understanding in leadership principles, this online EdD degree in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry focuses on leadership theory with an emphasis on biblical stewardship.

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