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Online Ed.D - Doctor of Education


Online Doctor of Education



* Total Cost (cost per credit hour x total credit hours) is provided to aid in program comparison only. All stated financial information is subject to change. Total Cost does not include book and material costs.




An online Ed.D program for the impactful educator

You got into education to make a difference, and that’s been driving you ever since. You worked hard to earn your Master’s, but now you’re looking to make an even bigger impact on a wider scale. With our online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), you can position yourself to become the innovative game-changer you’ve always strived to be. You'll even get to customize your degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Assessment or The Exceptional Learner.

For a working adult like you, finding the time in your schedule to earn another degree can be a challenge. With this 100% online program, we’re giving you the flexibility to earn your doctorate on your own time. Combine this with a practical approach to coursework, and you’ll be ready to change even more lives on your journey through education.


Named one of the 25 Best Online Doctorates in Curriculum by Online-PhD-Programs.org


Choose your concentration

Curriculum and Assessment

Why Curriculum and Assessment instead of Curriculum and Instruction

While there are many education doctoral programs available in curriculum and instruction, there are very few in the nation that concentrate on assessment as a main theme. A program that emphasizes assessment will make you better equipped to use quantitative and qualitative outcomes to improve strategies and programs. Assessment training is desperately needed in today’s outcomes-based climate, and it’s a highly in-demand skill.

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Exceptional Learner

This concentration provides a focus on culturally responsive teaching practices and the nature and needs of diverse learners – those with special needs, disabilities, or the gifted and talented. You will be equipped with expertise from top quality education professionals and a Christian ethic of care to lead or develop programs that support this special student population.

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Those who might be interested

  • Charter School Faculty and Staff
  • College/Tech School Faculty and Staff
  • Government Services Leaders
  • K-12 Educators
  • Nonprofit/ministry leaders


Ed.D. Dissertation Process

You’ll begin the dissertation research process within your first year. During research courses and residencies, our faculty works alongside you to establish milestones and will guide you to progress through the development, research, and defense of your dissertation.

Summer Residencies

While almost all courses are offered fully online, you’re required to be on campus for a one-week summer residency course for three summers. Each one-week residency will include classes and other curriculum activities focused around developing your dissertation.



I have said this before, but I will say it again - for many years, I was looking for something, and I did not know what it was until I found this program. I truly feel in my heart that God led me here with all of you, my colleagues, friends, and teachers, and it has grounded me and pulled me back into a safe place. God is good all the time, Jesus walks with us, and prayers will be answered for God has a plan for us.
— Rebecca Yoder, residency 2 student

I'm grateful for the hard work everyone did to make the residency a success. I walked away encouraged, overflowing with ideas, and with a feeling of comradery. It is worth the effort to bring people all together!

Amy Flagler, current online Ed.D student

Southern Wesleyan University offers the environment and flexibility I have been seeking in a Doctor of Education program. I have found a place that has impacted my intellectual, professional and spiritual growth.
— Shawntay White, current online Ed.D. student

The Ed.D. program has been an incredible opportunity for me! The professors are helpful and knowledgeable and always available to answer questions that may arise. This is a program that I would highly recommend to anyone considering more educational opportunities.
— Dr. Rachel Gregory, SWU Ed.D. program graduate



Admission Requirements

    • Submission of a completed application
    • An earned master degree in education or related field from an institution that is fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or a comparable degree from an international institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale. Masters in related field must be approved by the School of Education Graduate Review Committee.
    • Be in good standing at all previous institutions of higher learning. Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Submission of two professional references with one of the references from current supervisor
  • Resume
  • One page letter to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Committee explaining why this particular degree would be important to the applicant’s career.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers can do this evaluation, and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services provides a list of approved agencies. From the NACES list, Southern Wesleyan recommends using World Education Services or Josef Silny.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or demonstrate equivalent evidence of proficiency in English, such as an overall band score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS test.

If you have any questions regarding admission requirements for your degree program, please contact an admissions representative at 864-644-5550 or .

Notice of Nondiscrimination

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church.

Additional information related to SWU’s non-discrimination policies include:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Sexual Misconduct Policy (Title IX)

State Requirement Disclaimer

Southern Wesleyan does not advise students on what will or will not be accepted by their state departments of education. Students are encouraged to contact their state department of education to ensure the degree offered by Southern Wesleyan University meets state requirements. Additionally, Southern Wesleyan cannot determine credentials for individuals desiring to teach at the collegiate level as this varies by accreditor and is based on each individual's collegiate credit history.

Online Student Graduation

Commencement ceremonies are held on SWU’s campus twice a year in May and December. Online graduates who complete their degree program of study at the conclusion of the summer semester will have their degrees conferred at the December graduation. Letters of completion are available to graduates who wish to confirm to their employers that they have completed their degree program upon request through the Office of Academic Records ( ). We look forward to celebrating with you soon!