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Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a specialization in General Education

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Northcentral University's Doctor of Education with a specialization in General Education program should have good research skills and an interest in teaching and educational administration. Applicants to Northcentral University's online doctoral programs must possess a master's degree from an accredited university.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Doctor of Education with a specialization in General Education program is designed to allow students to select courses to match their personal and career goals. The degree program also includes an applied research dissertation, which a student must successfully complete before the degree can be awarded. The curriculum also includes basic foundation courses and foundation and methods classes. Some of these courses include topics in research design, qualitative methods, and scholarly writing.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

54 credits

Financial Aid:

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.

Required Courses for a Doctor of Education with a Specialization in General Education:

Degree 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

Specialization Courses (15 credits)

Please note: The courses below are only examples. Students in the General Education program may choose their own specialization courses.

  • ED 7004: School Law
  • ED 7008: Educating a Diversity of Learners
  • ED 7012: Educational Leadership
  • ED 7014: Practices in School Organization
  • ED 7016: Supervision and Leadership in Schools

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:

Graduates of the Doctor of Education with a specialization in General Education program have an opportunity to pursue jobs in the field. Potential employers may include nonprofits that focus on educational policy, government agencies, the public school system, and universities and colleges. Job candidates should able to demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills. Some possible careers may include:

  • Dean of students
  • University professor
  • High school principal
  • Policy analyst

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