Doctor of Education (EdD) Program

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 offers part time students the flexibility of: 

  • A cohort model (next cohort: beginning in fall 2022)
  • 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 to choose from:
    • Allied Health, Recreation and Community Services
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs (new fall 2020)
    • Educational Leadership (Superintendent, Principal and Special Education Director) 

This revamped doctoral program is now delivered in cooperation with UNI Continuing and 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.  

Interested? Fill out this form! 
Note: Applicants interested in assistantships and/or tuition scholarships as full-time students must apply by February 1. 

Contact Us

For more information, contact Oksana Grybovych Hafermann, associate dean, or 319-273-6819,  or the individual ISA departmental coordinator. You can also request information here

EdD Intensive Study Areas and Coursework

Professional Common Core

All doctor of education students in the four Ed.D. Intensive Study Area specialty tracks take a professional common core (24 hours). Effective for fall 2020, these courses are: 

  • Foundations of Inquiry  
  • Evidence-based Practices, Assessment, Accountability, & Program Evaluation  
  • Leadership in Formal and Informal Learning Environments  
  • Critical Analysis of Social and Cultural Contexts in Education  
  • Integrating Theory with Practice 
  • Qualitative Research Design for Practice  
  • Quantitative Research Design for Practice  
  • An Advanced Methods course (choose from Qualitative, Quantitative, and Program Design)

Allied Health, Recreation and Community Services

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.

Contact: Kathy Scholl, 

Required (6 hours): 

  • Critical Theories I 
  • Research and Evaluation Seminar 

Electives (9 hours):

  • Organizational and Community Transformation 
  • Educational Leadership and Systems Change​
  • Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership courses 
  • Public Health and Education courses 
  • Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs courses

Plan of Study 

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.

Contact: Laura Edwards,

Required (15 hours): 

  • Curriculum Theory & Development
  • Curriculum Implementation & Evaluation
  • Seminar in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Practicum in Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Designing Instructional Systems

Plan of Study

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.

Contact: Matt Townsley,

Superintendency Track

  • Human Resource Administration 
  • Leading Teaching, Learning and Assessment 
  • Power, Politics and Ethics 
  • Funding the Educational Program for Improved Student Achievement 
  • School Business Management

Principal Track

  • School Governance, Law, and Inter-systems Relations 
  • School Management for Student Learning and Achievement 
  • Leading Instruction in Schools 
  • Leading, Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum 
  • Evaluator Approval for Improved Student Learning

Special Education Director Track  

  • School Governance, Law and Inter-systems Relations 
  • Evaluator Approval for Improved Student Learning 
  • Special Education Law & Policy
  • Administration of Special Education 
  • Practicum

Plan of Study: Superintendency  
Plan of Study: Principalship
Plan of Study: Special Education

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. 

Contact: David Schmid,

Required (15 hours):  

  • Social Justice and Inclusion 
  • Higher Education Law 
  • College Effects on Students 
  • Administration and Finance in Higher Education 
  • Organizational Processes and Communication 

*Master’s level courses may be included in the Ed.D. program of study if taken post master’s degree as part of the Ed.D. program.

Plan of Study



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