Doctor of Education


Primarily Online Delivery | 48 Credits | 3 Years
  • Four Intensive Study Areas:
    • Educational Leadership - Principal and Superintendent tracks
    • Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs
    • Curriculum & Instruction
    • Allied Health, Recreation & Community Services
  • Cohort model — build a network and study with the same group for the duration of the program
  • Three-year plan of study; two courses per semester via online delivery
    • 48-credit-hour program - 24 hours professional core, 15 hours intensive study and nine hours dissertation
  • Ranked in the top 50 of Best Online Doctorate Degrees in Education by University HQ in 2022.

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As an Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation and much more.

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Matt Townsley

Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Foundations, & Leadership Studies

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Linda Loy

Enrollment Contact

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Flexible Online Delivery

Courses are offered online using Blackboard, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Many courses meet once per week in the evening via Zoom, an interactive video conferencing system. A five-day, on-campus residency during the first two summer terms is required (dates and times TBD), and an orientation meeting is required prior to the program start in August; date TBD. Contact the program coordinator for approval for online accommodations.

For a full list of courses for each study area, please contact Linda Loy

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Our graduates are prepared to:
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development, social justice and personal growth by incorporating effective, adaptive and creative responses to meet changes and challenges in global society
  • Analyze, implement and integrate knowledge, theory, practice and research findings to lead and make informed decisions in their professional practice
  • Effectively communicate an important, complex problem of practice in relation to past research, current practices and potential future impacts of solutions
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Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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Along with the application, students should submit

  • official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
  • GRE scores OR a writing sample reflecting previous academic work
  • Three letters of recommendation

Next Steps

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Complete our online information request form. We'll send program updates, important information, and application deadlines directly to your inbox!

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The Doctor of Education program is delivered through UNI's Office of Online & Distance Education and the College the Education. Learn more about the program including faculty and the Intensive Study Areas.

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Our team of support staff is available to help you throughout your UNI journey.

Contact us at 319-273-7206 or for assistance!

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Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program. 

To be admitted to the program, students must have:

  • a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • three years of professional experience, minimum
  • completed a master's level introduction to statistics course (a summer 2022 online introduction to statistics course is offered for those who need this prerequisite)

Required departmental materials:

  • transcripts of all previous academic work
  • GRE scores or a writing sample reflecting writing ability from previous academic work
  • three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your potential for advanced professional study, including at least one from a former faculty member and one from an employer/supervisor
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores if your first language is not English
  • applicant statement highlighting your professional background, reason for seeking the doctoral degree, research interests and career goals
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