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Ed.D. Programs

The 36-month education doctorate (Ed.D.) at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College has evolved into one of the most recognized programs of its kind. This innovative, cohort style, executive doctoral program offers a weekend-based curriculum that blends theory and practice and is designed to meet the needs of mid-career professionals from around the country. Offered through Peabody College's Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, the Ed.D. program centers on the problems of educational practice and policy, and trains scholar-practitioners whose knowledge, leadership, analytical and management skills enhance the performance of educational institutions and organizations.

Ed.D. students pursue one of two tracks:
K-12 Educational leadership and policy—prepares scholar-practitioners for leadership in education and policy-related settings including elementary and secondary public, charter, and independent schools; district-level offices; research organizations; government agencies; professional associations; and consulting firms.

Higher education leadership and policy—prepares scholar-practitioners to lead and operate colleges and universities, government agencies, professional associations, and consulting companies.

Background Clearance Checks are required of Ed.D. students.

International Students: The structure of this program makes it impossible for international students to obtain a U.S. student visa. Because of this, we are unable to accept applications from international students.

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