Doctor of Education (EdD) Doctor of Education (EdD)

Online Doctor of Education (EdD)


Build on your skills as a leader to solve problems and make a lasting difference in the field of K–12 or higher education with the Capella Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program.

Build advanced skills to pursue your career goals with an EdD

Expand your expertise to effect real change with our Doctor of Education (EdD) program. Our five specializations help you build advanced leadership skills that are essential to K–12 or higher education practitioners.

EdD program overview

Our EdD program is designed to help experienced practitioners build high-level leadership skills, with emphasis on applied research. Learn to solve specific organizational problems, improve outcomes and address gaps in the field.

Choosing an EdD specialization

Every doctoral journey is different. Your chosen specialization can help you leverage your unique passions and interests to build advanced expertise for the next phases of your career as an educational leader.*

*Capella cannot guarantee any specific job, promotion, salary increase or other career outcomes. You will need to conduct your own research to understand what opportunities may be available to you. Note that some career paths may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications or other designations along with a degree.

Are you looking for FlexPath?

Available for select specializations, our self-paced learning format lets you take classes at your pace and on your budget.

Why choose the EdD program at Capella University?

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.

Federal grants

The U.S. Department of Education provides grants that can be used to pay for education expenses, including doctoral program tuition and fees. Explore federal grants

Federal Work-Study program

The U.S. Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides funds for part-time work to help college students finance their education. Learn more