The Online Doctor of Education Program

Academics Overview

Delivered by Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education, the online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy program is designed to help current educational leaders create long-term K–12 education solutions.

A member institution of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), Fordham helps online Ed.D. students enhance their current leadership skills in order to implement effective solutions in schools for all children, specifically those in marginalized or underserved communities.

50 credits required

Can be completed in approximately three years

Two on-campus immersions required

Online Ed.D. Program Focus

At Fordham, three distinct pillars shape our online Ed.D. program:

Social Justice and Ethics:utilizing education to create an equitable society

Scholarly Inquiry and Research: staying at the forefront of the ever-changing education landscape

Problem-Solving and Design: re-evaluating and improving education models for better outcomes

Apply Improvement Science to Transform Education

The Ed.D. employs improvement science as a primary approach, a method outlined by CPED. This method places importance on using exploratory learning when seeking new strategies for long-term success in education systems.


Focused on preparing social justice-minded educational leaders and taught by Fordham’s seasoned faculty, the online Ed.D. curriculum has four core practice areas:

  • Education Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Leading Teaching and Learning
  • Engaging and Transforming Schools, Districts, and Communities
  • Policy and Advocacy


As a student, you will collaborate with classmates and faculty in person during two weekend immersions on the Fordham Westchester campus in West Harrison, New York.

During the immersions, you will expand your network of education professionals who can assist with future career growth or with brainstorming solutions to education-related challenges.

Become a Leader Who Improves Education Systems