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Our fully online, cohort-based doctoral program prepares educators to lead responsively and develop practices of collaborative inquiry, continuous improvement, and community partnership. Students are supported by dedicated, full-time faculty in implementing a dissertation in practice to investigate and address persistent problems of practice in their own educational systems.

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Why Pursue a Doctorate in Education at Radford?

  • Our program is fully online, providing convenience and flexibility for working professionals.
  • You can complete the program in 3 years, taking courses part-time.
  • We use the latest in collaborative online technologies to give you the benefits of a traditional face-to-face program with the convenience of online.
  • Our program offers seven-week courses–allowing you to focus on 1 course at a time and still complete 2 courses each semester. 
  • We are cohort-based so that students can forge strong bonds with 15-20 other doctoral students across the Commonwealth.
  • Our program meets Virginia Licensure Requirements for Superintendents.

Careers & Internships

Alumni of our program work as principals, assistant superintendents, superintendents, district-level administrative positions, educational organization leaders, and adjunct instructors in higher educational institutions.  

Opportunities for Education students at Radford

Students will have the opportunity to enroll in up to 9 credit hours of internships. They will also have the opportunity to attend an optional, in-person retreat annually on Radford's campus. At this retreat, they can learn and share with the broader community of Ed.D. students, alumni, and faculty. Students and alumni come back to reconnect each year.

Admissions Requirements

Students must have a master's degree, in any field, from an accredited program to get accepted into the Ed.D. in Education.

  • 66 students and alumni across four cohorts

  • 93% student retention rate

  • 94% of alumni completed the program within 3 years

Our program is part of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, which is an international network of over 135 graduate schools of education leading the charge to transform the Education Doctorate. CPED members are committed to rethinking advanced educational preparation through improved EdD program designs that offer academic rigor, practical impact, applied research, and value

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"As I encounter improvement opportunities, I now feel that I am equipped to take a systematic approach that will assist me in identifying and implementing sustainable change ideas that will have an immediate impact on my school. Our professors’ different backgrounds provided us with a multitude of experiences and perspectives that help us grow as educational leaders. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with this group of diverse, outstanding professionals."

Charles Byrd, Ed.D. '22Principal, Galax High School

We want to get to know you better and we are excited that you are ready to take your next step and learn more about us. We are here to help you and look forward to working with you during your college search process.