UNI College of Education offers streamlined doctoral program

UNI NEWS SERVICES - A revamped and streamlined program awaits students entering the College of Education’s Doctor of Education Program this August at the University of Northern Iowa. 

Now delivered in cooperation with UNI Continuing and Distance Education, the updated program is built for working professionals who want to earn their degree in the field of education. It shifts from rolling admissions to a cohesive, cohort-based model and offers a more robust combination of online and hybrid learning. Credit hours total 48, down from an average of 60 hours, with a flexible, three-year plan of study, two courses per semester. 

In addition, the program has added a new Intensive Study Area (ISA), postsecondary education: student affairs. Existing ISAs allowing for specialized practice include curriculum and instruction and educational leadership (principal, superintendent and special education director emphases) and allied health, recreation and community services. 

Application deadline is June 1. Interested candidates can also apply for a $1,500 Dean’s Graduate Fellowship by April 22. 

“With this revamped program, we are even better positioned to meet the needs of today’s professionals who are preparing for their next step as leaders in formal and informal education and community settings,” said Colleen Mulholland, Ed.D., interim dean of the College of Education. 

"UNI has a long history of expanding access to educators through academic outreach,” said Kent Johnson, Ed.D, dean of Continuing Education & Special Programs. “Strengthening this path to a well-respected doctorate only bolsters the continuum of graduate degree programs UNI offers educators throughout the state.” 

UNI is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a consortium of members committed to making Ed.D. programming rigorous and relevant for scholar-practitioners. The Ed.D. degree is one of only two doctoral degrees awarded by the Graduate College at UNI. 

Deborah Tidwell serves as program coordinator. Go here to request more information. 



Deborah Tidwell, program coordinator, Ed.D program, 319-273-2983, deborah.tidwell@uni.edu 

Steve Schmadeke, UNI public relations manager, 319-273-6120, steve.schmadeke@uni.edu