Doctoral Program

One doctorate, four tracks

Ready for that final step in your educational journey? Seeking the flexibility of online while connecting with a leading program in educator preparation? 

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program offered at the University of Northern Iowa prepares you for that next step as leader and expert who will help transform today’s formal and nonformal education. You have the flexibility of: 

  • A cohort model (next cohort: fall 2024) 
  • 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)
  • Four intensive study areas (ISAs) to choose from:
    • Allied Health, Recreation and Community Services (currently not accepting applications) 
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs 
    • Educational Leadership (Superintendent, Principal and Special Education Director)

This revamped doctoral program is delivered in cooperation with Online & Distance Education. UNI is a proud member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a consortium of members committed to making Ed.D. programming rigorous and relevant for scholar-practitioners.  

Contact Us

For more information, contact Robert Boody, program coordinator and professor, at or 319-273-6198, or the individual intensive study area departmental coordinator. 

EdD Intensive Study Area Coordinators

College of Education Associate Dean Oksana Grybovych Hafermann oversees the Doctor of Education program in conjunction with Online & Distance Education and the Graduate College. The four program coordinators for the intensive study areas are:

  • Allied Health, Recreation and Community Services: Kathleen Scholl
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Laura Edwards
  • Educational Leadership (includes Special Education Director): Matthew Townsley
  • Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs: David Schmid