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EdD in Adult Education
Doctor of Education

With our online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Adult Education degree, you’ll gain skills to create new learning programs in colleges, universities, corporations, nonprofits, and governmental organizations. Prepare to pursue a career as a dean, director of training and development, curriculum director, or full-time, adjunct, or part-time faculty.

The curriculum focuses on current industry knowledge and standards, with coursework that helps strengthen your inquiry, analysis, communication, decision-making, and leadership skills to address critical, real-world problems.

Inspire lifelong learning

Promote critical-thinking and reflective practice to engage adults in lifelong learning.

Foundational coursework

Build a solid base for your program with coursework that focuses on research and critical thinking—and prepares you for success as a doctoral student.

Capstone: doctoral project

Your doctoral project provides the opportunity for you to solve a real-world problem in your field.

Classes start July 10

Use the code SPRING to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • 16 Core courses
  • Capstone
  • 0 max transfer credits

With Capella Tuition Cap, you won't pay more than $32,000* in tuition costs for your degree.

*Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with a EdD in Adult Education degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to explore with a Doctor of Education, Adult Education.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Dean
  • Provost
  • College president
  • Manager of training and development
  • Training specialist
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses
  • Full-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • Continuing education program
  • Community college
  • Colleges, universities, and professional schools
  • Vocational school
  • Military
  • Adult education program
  • Corporation
  • Nonprofit educational organizations
  • Governmental educational organizationsorganizations

Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Articles and resources

Expand your perspective on academic and career topics with articles and resources from Capella University.

Understanding the Unique Challenges of Teaching Adults

Learn about some of the most common problems in adult education—and ways to solve them— from adult education expert Ramo Lord.

Doctor of Education: Exploring the Possibilities

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EdD program guide

Get details on the Doctor of Education program at Capella University, learning formats, financing options, and more, all in one place.