Online Ed.D. Areas of Concentration

Program Concentrations

The Education Policy, Organization & Leadership Departments offers the following program concentrations for the Online EdD program: Diversity and Equity in Education, Global Studies in Education, Human Resource Development, and Learning Design and Leadership.

Application Deadline Information

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2018 through August 1, 2018. Students should  select an area of concentration when applying or commit to an area of study soon after applying. 

Degree: Doctor of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Areas of Study by Concentration:

Diversity and Equity in Education (DE)
Global Studies in Education (GSE)
Human Resource Development (HRD)
Learning Design & Leadership (LDL)

Students who have earned an online Ed.M. degree from Illinois should consult their EPOL advisers before selecting a cognate area to avoid course duplications. Other requirements to apply and successfully matriculate include:

  • A previously earned master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 64 total credit hours
  • 3 written qualifying exams
  • Doctoral dissertation

For a full list of program requirements please visit the Doctor of Education section of the Graduate Handbook. Admitted students will be assigned a faculty adviser and must come to campus for a preliminary exam and to defend their dissertation. 

Note: Upon program completion,  your diploma will include the following: Doctor of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. Transcripts will include Doctor of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and your area of study.


For more information about the online Ed.D. program, click here to contact Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller, Assistant Director of Online Learning.

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