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Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Program

Are you ready to stand out as an educational leader and trailblazer? Join the University of Miami's Doctor of Education online program. Recognized by Newsweek as one of America's Top Online Colleges for 2024 and hailed as a premier online program in Florida, the University of Miami will prepare you to lead transformational change in your communities.

Why Earn a Doctor of Education in Applied Learning Sciences?

The University of Miami’s Applied Learning Sciences program offers expert insight into the theory behind learning environments and knowledge of curriculum design that can be immediately applied to the workplace.

With an Applied Learning Sciences degree, you can excel in traditional educational settings and beyond. Graduates can pursue a career in formal education environments such as universities and K-12 schools with roles in curriculum development and instructional design. Unlike other post-graduate education programs, UOnline graduates are also prepared for professional learning design, training, and organizational development roles in the corporate or nonprofit world. Graduates with an interest in entrepreneurship are equipped to develop learning products or technologies for EdTech companies or start their own ventures.

Students will graduate with a firm understanding of both formal and informal learning environments, ready to pursue teaching, training, and development roles in a range of industries. Are you ready to join us?

Program At A Glance

15 courses

7 weeks per course

2.5 years to complete

SACSCOC accredited University

GRE waived for eligible applicants

1 cumulative project

Explore More About The Program

The University of Miami Doctor of Education in Applied Learning Sciences is a fully online EdD program that prepares students for careers that require expertise in multiple facets of human learning. Explore more about our faculty and the curriculum below.

Program Curriculum Program Faculty

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a deep understanding of educational theory and learn how to effectively apply it to address real-world challenges in education
  • The ability to critically evaluate and assess complex issues in education
  • Learn to design and implement research methodologies that drive evidence-based decision-making
  • Hone your communication skills to effectively advocate for the needs of students and form collaborative partnerships
  • Embrace ethical principles and standards of practice
  • Embrace continuous improvement and innovation within educational settings
  • Champion equity and inclusivity in education

What to Expect from a Doctor of Education Online

Completing a Doctor of Education online provides students with a comprehensive set of skills essential for leading with confidence in educational settings.

As a student in our online EdD program, you will experience:

  • Educational theory and practice
  • Cutting-edge approaches to curriculum design, instructional delivery, and assessment
  • Real-world case studies, collaborative projects, and immersive simulations to apply your knowledge in authentic educational contexts
  • The guidance of experienced faculty members and dedicated academic advisors
  • A robust online learning platform that provides flexible access to course materials, resources, and support services
  • Skills and knowledge needed to advocate for equity, inclusivity, and social justice in education

By completing your Doctor of Education through our online degree program, you’ll gain access to a vast network of alumni and education experts, unlocking opportunities for career advancement and professional practice.

Why Get Your Doctor of Education Online?

Why enroll in one of the best online EdD degree programs?

Tailored Flexibility

Our online EdD education program aims to offer you flexibility that suits your unique circumstances. With manageable course segments spread across seven weeks, you can customize your study schedule to fit into your life.

Online Learning Tools

Leveraging state-of-the-art technology and our online platform, you'll have continuous access to course materials, resources, and interactive learning experiences 24/7. From virtual office hours to guest speaker sessions, our instructors employ innovative teaching methods to ensure dynamic and engaging learning experiences.

Self-Paced Progression

In our Doctor of Education online program, you decide the pace of your journey. Guided by experienced faculty and supported by a structured framework of checkpoints and milestones, you have the autonomy to navigate the program according to your individual learning preferences.

Comprehensive Guidance

Throughout your enrollment in our online Ed doctoral programs, you'll receive comprehensive support from our team of seasoned instructors and dedicated student support staff. You’ll also have access to a dedicated online advisor who will provide tailored support and guidance as you progress through the program.

Career Opportunities for Learning Science PhDs and EdDs

Those drawn to pursuing a doctorate in science education tend to be passionately curious. They have a love for learning and helping others find that same passion. But beyond your own love of learning, you may be curious about what career opportunities this degree will provide.

With a learning sciences doctoral degree, you will be equipped to be an excellent teacher, administrator, scholar, and researcher. A learning science PhD or EdD can also help give you a boost at your current workplace, giving you crucial skills in training, interpersonal relations, and more.

The best learning sciences graduate programs offer flexibility in career possibilities. Do you see yourself working in the classroom as a professor? As a school district supervisor? As an entrepreneurial thought leader in homeschooling philosophy?

When earning a doctorate in science education online, you will be equipped to make a difference at a university or community college institution. This degree will set you up for a research-based role and help increase your chance at a tenured faculty position.

And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, postsecondary teachers' job outlook from 2021-2031 has a projected growth rate of 12%. Each year, an average of 132,600 job openings for postsecondary teachers is projected.

Perhaps our Design of Online Learning Environments course will inspire you to take your skills into the online learning space. It’s only fitting that an online PhD or EdD in science education program would study itself!

Online learning became the norm when schools shut down in-person learning during COVID-19, having a direct impact on learning and performance in academic settings. As students continue to choose online learning, this space shows no signs of slowing down. Online learning platforms are now widely used among all ages and demographics. And your career may be at the forefront of artificial intelligence in online curriculum design. Become a learning app developer, or take your leadership skills into the business or healthcare sectors.

Perhaps you want to help a company better offer insightful professional development opportunities for their employees. If you want to work in human resources, our Design for Workplace-Related Learning class will set you up for success on your path to becoming a facilitator of professional development.

The brain is constantly adapting to the fast-changing world around us, technological innovations, and cultural shifts. Our EdD in learning sciences program also allows you to study how culture impacts learning. This sets you up to work globally or take your experience to a specific region near and dear to your heart. Fascinated by family cultures or lifelong learning? Become a specialist in family dynamics or pioneer ways to keep the brain fresh into old age.

Earning our EdD learning sciences online degree exposes you to our seminar in Design for Out-Of-School, Informal Learning. This course may inspire you to take up a career beyond the classroom in public forums of education. Informal education positions often combine learning with recreation or the arts. This includes jobs in museum curation, zoo, and aquarium program coordination, or at wildlife reserves or state parks. Or, opt to work behind the scenes to ensure athletes and student-athletes get the most out of their coaching and education.

With learning sciences graduate programs like ours, apply the research skills you learn to any research-dominant job. Acquire transferable skills to help others understand how learning happens in and out of school. Because this is an EdD in science education online, you have the option to keep your current job to see how this course of study illuminates your current career.

Make a difference in the private, academic, nonprofit, medical, or government sectors. Graduates will be equipped to help all ages and demographics in person or online, in professional or familial contexts – whether that lands them in after-school programs, city planning offices, or local community centers.

When it comes to learning sciences graduate programs, access to an extensive alumni network which can make all the difference when the job hunt commences. Forge connections with University of Miami alumni in your desired field to learn more about your options.

Ready to take the next step toward your dream career? Apply today to the University of Miami’s learning science EdD program to start your journey.


Doctor of Education in Applied Learning Sciences 45 $68,310

*Based on the UM 2024-2025 UOnline Tuition and fees rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
You can learn more about financial aid opportunities available to you here.

What are the Entry Requirements?

The University of Miami's Doctor in Education online program offers a straightforward admissions process designed to ensure that all applicants meet the necessary qualifications for success. Below are the entry requirements and steps you need to follow to complete your application:

1. Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from ALL academic institutions you have attended. While you can upload unofficial transcripts for initial review, you must also arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to the University of Miami.

Email electronic transcripts to or mail physical transcripts to:
Attn: UOnline Enrollment
PO Box 248272
Coral Gables, FL. 33146 - 2991

2. Test Scores

The GRE requirement is waived for eligible applicants. However, if you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you must submit valid test scores no older than 5 years. You can upload unofficial test scores with your online application to receive an admission decision. While GRE scores are preferred, we also accept MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT scores. International applicants without degrees from the United States must also submit TOEFL scores.

3. Resume

Upload an updated resume that includes:

  • Employment history
  • Academic history
  • Publications
  • Military experience, if any
  • Leadership roles
  • Honors/Awards
  • Community activities
  • Volunteer initiatives
4. Personal Statement

Your personal statement should articulate your reasons for pursuing the Doctor of Education online program, how our program aligns with your professional background, and your career goals upon completion of the program.

5. Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references. Enter your recommenders' information on the application, and they will receive an email prompting them to fill out your recommendation online. Remind them that recommendations need to be received by the application deadline. We recommend requesting letters from individuals who can provide an accurate assessment of your performance and suitability for education doctoral programs.

6. FAFSA and Student Orientation

After completing your application, begin preparing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code: 001536. You can submit your FAFSA during the application process to meet all required financial aid deadlines. Additionally, you must complete a mandatory online Student Readiness Orientation (SRO) within four weeks of accepting an admissions offer to ensure eligibility to start classes.

Fall 2024 Early Admission Deadline

Ready to apply?

For students who wish to start classes in the Doctor of Education in Applied Learning Sciences on September 2, 2024, the early admission deadline is July 8, 2024. Download the UOnline Application Checklist for a step-by-step guide through the simplified application process.

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A Message from Dean Laura Kohn-Wood

"This program is the first of its kind to focus on real-world applications of how people learn across multiple settings and to be offered entirely online. The collaborations and professional working relationships that are created not only support students, but also give them insight into working across a wide range of environments."

Getting a Doctor of Education Online: FAQs

How long does it take to get a Doctor of Education online?

Our online Doctorate of Education program is designed to be completed in 2.5 years, consisting of 15 courses, each lasting for 7 weeks.

Is an EdD the same as a PhD?

While both are doctoral degrees, there are distinct differences. The University of Miami’s online doctoral program’s education standards are tailored to individuals seeking to apply their knowledge directly to practice, emphasizing educational leadership and practical skills.

On the other hand, an online PhD in education program is more research-oriented, delving deep into theoretical frameworks and contributing new knowledge to the field.

What career opportunities are available with an EdD degree?

Graduates can make an impact across the education field and various industries, including private organizations, academia, non-profits, healthcare, and government agencies.

What online resources are available to students?

Our online platform, UOnline, provides a comprehensive and user-friendly environment for student success. Powered by Blackboard Learn, you can access course materials anytime, anywhere. Zoom is utilized for virtual office hours, discussions, and guest lectures, fostering engagement and collaboration.