What Makes the Ed.D. in Education Different?

The Rutgers Graduate School of Education benefits from being a professional school in one of the nation’s major research universities. 

  • The Ed.D. program brings together leaders from varied settings and  interest areas to engage in cross-disciplinary work. Using our research and professional-development centers as laboratories of practice, our students learn inquiry and leaderships skills in action.  
  • We define educational leadership broadly to reflect the complexities of educational settings in the 21st century. The program prepares students for leadership roles in a variety of settings — schools, non-profit agencies, foundations, and other contexts.
  • Custom-suited to needs of working educators, our 3-4 year program combines intensive summer work with part-time coursework in the fall and spring. 
  • Our inquiry-oriented curriculum focuses specifically on the individual challenges and issues our students face as educational leaders.  Students read and critique research, analyze and discuss case studies, participate in simulations, practice communication skills, and conduct their own investigations of meaningful issues and problems.
  • According to US News and World Report, the Rutgers Graduate School of Education is consistently listed as one of the top graduate schools of education in the country.
  • The Graduate School of Education has offered a Doctorate in Education since 1930. Since 2007, the GSE faculty has been working with twenty other Universities through the Carnegie Program for the Education Doctorate to revise its Ed.D. programs to better meet the needs of educational practitioners and leaders.