At a Glance:

Doctor of Education

Semester hours 63
Average Completion Time 4 years
Cost per credit $716* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Location Newberg campus and online
Application Deadlines Oct. 1 (spring EdD); March 15 (summer EdD)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited

Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education program at George Fox University

Be Known as a Leader in Education

The George Fox University doctor of education (EdD) program in educational leadership prepares educators to be leaders in their chosen specialties.

The program focuses on qualities of cultural, moral, and organizational leadership as the basis for leading complex educational organizations.

Introducing New Concentration:
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Become an expert in higher education teaching and learning through our relevant and applicable curriclum.

Building upon your previous master's degree in education (or related field), this concentration focuses on four key areas of higher education:

  • Teaching in higher education: Learn to develop and implement institutional and curriculum strategies for planning, instruction and assessment. (EDFL 509, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education)
  • Creating original academic work in higher education: Explore current expectations of higher education faculty and discover new strategies for developing a sustained pattern of writing and scholarship. (EDFL 524, Introduction to the Academic Environment)
  • Teaching and learning online in higher education: Develop proficiency in all aspects of the online learning environment, ranging from theory to instructional strategies, learning management systems, web-conferencing and social media. (EDFL 584, Online Learning and Teaching in the Higher Education Environment)
  • Adult development in higher education: Utilize theories of adult development to shape educational organizations as safe and supportive places for the growth of students, faculty, administrators, and support staff. (EDFL 634, Adult Development in Educational Organizations)

Persons interested in the teaching and learning in higher education courses, but not in completing the EdD at George Fox University are welcome to enroll in these annually offered courses.

Earn Your Doctorate while You Work


The design of the George Fox University doctor of education program offers flexibility to students. By participating in modular, online and intensive summer courses, EdD students are normally able to complete their coursework in three to five academic years.

Designed to maximize accessibility for full-time educators, this professionally oriented program is offered in a cohort model which begins every July. Fall and spring semester coursework is offered in an online format, while a three-week, face-to-face session (for the first three years of the program) is required on our Newberg campus in July.

Credit Hours:

The EdD program requires 63 semester hours of course work. Students who have successfully completed appropriate course work beyond the master's degree may be able to finish the program at a faster pace. Of the total hours required for the program, 36 are in educational perspectives courses, 16 hours of electives including those in an area of specialty, and 8 hours of dissertation. EdD students are encouraged to complete an additional administrative license or endorsement as a means to increase their leadership abilities within their educational field.

Be Known by our Exceptional Faculty

Get to know your faculty before you begin your doctorate degree.

We understand the importance of learning from expert educators. As a doctor of education student you will learn under the guidance and support from PhD-level educators who are committed to your success.

Your faculty are known for developing and training award-winning, nationally recognized, educational leaders. Their academic credentials, decades of collective teaching and administrative experience, and commitment to students have earned George Fox University a national reputation for teaching excellence.

Take the next step and learn more about the doctor of education in educational leadership through our program overview or apply now.

Gary TiffinProgram Contact:
Dr. Gary Tiffin
Director, Doctor of Education Program
Phone: 503-554-2874

Link to Faculty Page

Megan Janes

Admission Information:
Megan Janes
Admissions Counselor, Doctor of Education Program
Phone: 503-554-6168

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