Online Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education: Teaching and Learning


Prepare to help colleges and universities continue their mission into the 21st century with Brenau’s online Ed.D. in Higher Education: Teaching and Learning. Designed for subject-matter experts from any background, this program prepares graduates for effective instruction and assessment of students in traditional college classrooms, virtual learning environments and more.

Equipped with the combination of pedagogical theory, leadership skills and innovative instructional techniques this advanced degree provides, you can pursue career opportunities in:

  • Post-secondary instruction
  • Post-secondary instructional design
  • Corporate training consultancy
  • Corporate leadership (e.g., Chief Learning Officer)
  • Textbook or educational software publishing
  • Adult education

Benefits and features

The online Ed.D. in Higher Education: Teaching and Learning features the same accelerated format and exceptional student support all our online Ed.D. concentration options offer, including:

  • The opportunity to complete your degree in as few as three years.
  • More control over your schedule with online courses supplemented by on-site weekend residencies.
  • Small, close-knit cohorts of 12-15 students for meaningful class discussions and networking opportunities.
  • Rigorous, relevant course content informed by the realities of today’s colleges and universities, and the evolving needs of today’s students.
  • Instructors with field experience and a passion for developing their students’ leadership potential.
  • Structured dissertation completion support that starts at the very beginning of your program.


The Brenau Ed.D. consists of 54 credits of coursework divided among the doctoral core, research and dissertation preparation courses, and courses in the Higher Education: Teaching and Learning concentration.

Current course listings include:

Core Curriculum

  • ED 828 – Legal Issues and Ethics
  • ED 845 – Curriculum Design, Theory and Evaluation
  • ED 860 – Leadership in Education
  • ED 865 – Academic Program Assessment and Evaluation
  • ED 870 – Education Issues and Policy
  • ED 875 – Cultural Perspectives and Leadership
  • ED 932 – Future Trends in Education


  • ED 935 – Qualitative Research
  • ED 930 – Advanced Statistical Analysis: Quantitative & Qualitative
  • ED 940 – Quantitative Research


  • ED 960 – Dissertation 1: Literature Review
  • ED 965 – Dissertation 2: Proposal
  • ED 970 – Dissertation 3: Data Collection
  • ED 975 – Dissertation 4: Conclusion of Research
  • ED 980 – Dissertation 5: Dissertation Continuation (Optional)

Higher Education: Teaching and Learning

  • ED 855 – Advanced Educational Psychology for Non-Education Majors
  • ED 856 – Theory of Teaching and Learning
  • ED 857 – Assessment of Learning
  • ED 858 – Art and Science of Instructional Design

Admissions Documents Requirements

All applicants to the online Ed.D. program must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, demonstrating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in your master’s degree program.
  • Three (3) letters of reference on official letterhead from a supervisor, professor, administrator or other superior who can speak to your character, dedication to the profession and likelihood of success in an intensive graduate program.
  • A resume or CV demonstrating three years of relevant experience in education.
  • For non-US applicants who have not previously completed a degree within the U.S., we require official TOEFL test results (minimum score of 79) or IELTS results (minimum score of 6.5).
  • A writing sample of 750-1,500 words based on a scholarly article provided by Brenau University College of Education. This writing sample will be evaluated by departmental staff.

In addition to providing the materials above, you must also attend an in-person or virtual interview and complete a criminal background check, if applicable.

Admissions GPA Requirements

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, demonstrating a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in your master’s degree program.

Additional Admissions Requirements

To apply, you should be a mid-career educator or administrator with at least three years of relevant professional education experience. You should also hold a master’s degree earned at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or credentialed international equivalent.

Applicants to the Ed.D. in Higher Education: Teaching and Learning may hold a master’s degree in any field of study.


Learn more

Ready to become the instructional expert today’s colleges, universities and organizations need? Contact an admissions counselor to learn more about our online Ed.D. program.

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