Program Structure

Students Learn Within a Cohort

The EdD program functions within the cohort model, and students are given the opportunity to network with their peers – experienced leaders from all over the country (and sometimes, the world). All core classes follow a cohort model.

Doctor of Education cohort model

Hybrid Format – Online Classes with a Residency Component

The format of this program is designed to maximize accessibility for full-time educators and administrators. Classes are held primarily online, but students should expect to come to our campus in Newberg, Ore., for three weeks each summer during the first three years of the program. 

Residency Requirement in Newberg, Oregon

Doctor of Education students participate in a three-week, face-to-face residency session each summer in July (for the first three years of the program). During residency, students experience intensive summer coursework. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet and network with their cohort members as well as interact in person with our esteemed faculty members. 

Program Length

The EdD program is generally completed in four years with students working on coursework in years 1-3, and completing their dissertation in year four. 


The doctor of education program comprises 55 semester units of coursework and a minimum of eight semester units of dissertation for a total of 63 hours. Students will fulfill these requirements by: 

  • Taking 39 core semester hours
  • Taking 16 elective hours (through George Fox or transfer coursework)
  • Taking 8 units of dissertation hours

Of the total hours required for the program, 39 are in the following educational perspectives courses:

  • Ethical Perspectives (9 hours)
  • Foundational Perspectives (6 hours)
  • Teaching and Learning Perspectives (6 hours)
  • Leading and Managing Perspectives (6 hours)
  • Research Perspectives (12 hours)

Issues of cultural diversity are woven into courses within each perspective area. 

Elective Coursework

16 hours of electives. Students often choose elective hours to specialize in the area most relevant to their professional development, such as leadership, curriculum design or higher education. Students can also fulfill this requirement with an administrative licensure, endorsement, or through transfer credit. 

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