Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Location Offered: 
Online

Program Overview

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program offered at the University of Northern Iowa prepares you to take that next step as a leader and expert who will help transform today’s formal and informal education and community settings. With a revamped and expanded program, UNI now offers part time students the flexibility of: 

  • A three-year plan of study, two courses per semester with delivery online and hybrid
  • A 48-credit-hour program (24 hours professional core, 15 hours intensive study, 9 hours dissertation)
  • Areas of concentration included:

Allied Health, Recreation and Community Services (Next Admit Term Fall 2022) - This area of intensive study is designed to provide students with advanced planning, management, supervision and evaluation of programs in the community and its institutions.

Curriculum and Instruction - This area of intensive study is designed to prepare scholar practitioners to plan, implement, evaluate, and supervise educational programs for children, from infancy through adolescence, and adult learners, inclusive of a wide variety of diversity.

Educational Leadership - This area of intensive study in education administration prepares personnel for leadership positions in PK-12 schools and other educational services or settings.

Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs - The Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs Intensive Study Area prepares personnel for leadership positions in colleges and universities, such as department heads, directors, vice presidents, professors and consultants. 

Admission Requirements:

  • International Application for Admission
  • Hold a Master's Degree appropriate to the applicant's doctoral program and research goals.
  • Transcripts of all previous academic work. A minimum GPA of 3.50 or higher for all prior graduate work.
  • Submit GRE scores (+ Analytical Writing section) a regionally accredited institution of higher education (May substitute an electronic writing sample to fulfill application requirement)
  • Have a minimum of three years of professional experience
  • TOEFL (600/100) or IELTS (7.0)
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample (May substitute a GRE with Analytical Writing to fulfill application requirement)
  • 3 References from educators/professionals who are acquainted with your academic ability.
  • Other Program specific requirements
  • Applicant Statement addressing the Professional background, Motivations for seeking degree in a specific area and at UNI, Career goals, and a Statement that should articulate your professional background, reasons for seeking a doctoral degree and career goals related to your intensive study area. (1000 word limit)

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Application Deadline: February 1
  • Spring Application Deadline: October 1

Graduate Assistantship Requirements:

Contacts and More Information:

  • Email:

kathleen.scholl@uni.edu - Allied Health, Recreation, and Community Services,
sohyun.meacham@uni.edu - Curriculum and Instruction,
kim.huckstadt@uni.edu - Educational Leadership (Superintendency, Principal, & Special Education Director)
david.schmid@uni.edu- Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs
international.admissions@uni.edu