Program Description — Doctor of Education

At Aurora University, you can choose from three programs leading to a doctorate in education:

  • Leadership in Adult and Higher Education
  • Leadership in Administration
  • Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction.

Program Locations and Formats
You can also choose from two campuses with a different program format on each campus

  • Aurora, Illinois - Weekday evening and Saturday morning classes (sometimes every other Saturday)
  • Williams Bay, Wisconsin - Weekend-only class format (Friday evening and Saturday)

Career Direction
The Ed. D. programs emphasize both professional practice and academics. The programs prepare

  • school and district administrators
  • program administrators
  • staff developers
  • curriculum developers
  • teacher leaders
  • teacher educators

Program Length
You can complete the program in three years and must complete it in six years. Your first two years are devoted to coursework and your remaining time to completing the dissertation.

Program Benefits
Most Aurora Ed.D. candidates discover the program through current candidates or graduates. Here is what candidates tell us they appreciate about the Aurora program:

  • Approachable, knowledgeable faculty, available for consultation
  • Diverse candidates from a variety of districts that help to build professional networks
  • Dissertation support to help students complete their research
  • Stable course offerings to help candidates finish on time

The Ed.D. program will stretch you as an educational professional. In the program you will meld theory, academic study, and professional practice through course readings, assignments, and research. If you enroll in the administrative strand, you will also engage in an internship.

As a candidate you will receive a strong grounding in research and inquiry. You will specialize in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method research. Research will come alive for you as you gather and analyze data from your field.