Doctor of Education Degree (EdD)


The Education Doctorate (EdD) program will prepare moral leaders who use research and best practices to improve learning, social equity, and other education outcomes in schools and communities.



The Education Doctorate Program prepares education leaders with scholarly dispositions and skills to enable them to effectively lead, lift, inspire, and educate their colleagues and followers. The program aims to instill in its candidates the desire to make education institutions places of learning that equip students from all backgrounds to be contributing members of the human family.


Prospective Candidates

The EdD in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations prepares mid-career leaders for advanced leadership positions in K–12 schools, higher education settings, and other teaching and learning environments. Graduates are prepared to become

  • collaborative leaders and change agents,

  • data-driven decision-makers,

  • critical consumers of research,

  • culturally proficient agents for educational equity, and

  • proficient leaders in education contexts.


The EdD Program and its faculty will support candidates as they concurrently complete their course work and dissertations. Students will feel comfortable discussing the spiritual roots of their leadership practice, their research, and their understanding of the research literature in educational leadership. Consistent with the university values, this program requires a high level of commitment.


Click here for frequently asked questions about the program. Please note that we enter a new cohort only on even-numbered years (2016, 2018, and so on). Therefore, our application deadline for those interested in applying for the 2018 cohort will be March 1, 2018.



For students who plan to begin a doctorate summer of 2018, the application deadline is March 1, 2018. As you plan your academic career and prepare your application, please contact Dr. Sterling Hilton, chair of the doctoral program, or any member of the doctoral committee with questions at (801) 422-4291.  


Link to application form (with qualifications)


Tuition for six hours of course work per semester






Provisions for Commuting Candidates

To better meet the needs of candidates who have full-time jobs, the BYU Education Doctorate Program holds classes in long intensive blocks of time for two days every three or four weeks, as well as during spring and summer terms. Thus candidates who are employed outside the university's immediate geographic area have an opportunity to enroll in the program and enjoy a BYU experience, extending the influence of the university's programs and ideals.


Contact number for more information
Ed Leadership: (801) 422-4291 / (801) 422-3813


To read the Doctoral Handbook, click here.

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Department List Content Types: 
Educational Leadership & Foundations (EdLF)