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Northcentral University | Ed.D. in E-Learning

The Doctor of Education in E-Learning program focuses on applying principles of learning in online environments. Learn more about this Northcentral University program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education in E-Learning

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

Students applying to this program who already hold a master's degree will meet the basis of admission. Previous experience with using technology in an educational environment may be helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

The Doctor of Education in E-Learning program at Northcentral University pairs a thorough foundation in education with specialized coursework in the use of technology in learning environments. The foundation includes instruction in research strategies and methodology, research design, scholarly writing, and statistics. The e-learning specialization emphasizes principles, practices, and strategies of e-learning. Also covered are differences between adult and K-12 students in online learning environments and how to develop ethical and legal content. Students in this program must complete a doctoral dissertation as part of their program.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

Minimum of 54 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Education in E-Learning:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program

Doctor of Education Foundation Courses (24 credits)

  • EDU 8000: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • EDU 8001: Advanced Scholarly Writing
  • EDR 8200: Scholarly Literature Review
  • EDR 8203: Research Methods
  • EDR 8201: Statistics I
  • EDR 8204: Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
  • EDR 8205: Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
  • One additional Specialization or Elective Course

E-Learning Specialization Courses (15 credits)

Choose five courses from the following:

  • EL 7001: Principles and Practices in E-Learning (Foundation Course)
  • EL 7002: E-Learning Instructional Strategies
  • EL 7003: Instructional Design and Engaging E-Learning Activities
  • EL 7004: The Online Learner
  • EL 7006: Facilitating Adult Learning Online
  • EL 7007: Developing Online Content Ethically and Legally
  • EL 7010: Online Learning for the PK-12 Students

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • CMP 9700E: Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

This program provides students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and develop a broad set of skills. Students may learn how to develop curricula for online environments and leverage technology in the learning process. Possible positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Online curriculum developer
  • E-Learning instructor
  • Program facilitator

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