Is an Online Ed.D Program Worth It?

A doctor of education degree, or Ed.D, can open many doors. An online Ed.D. degree, such as the one offered by Creighton University,  affords a fast track to earning a doctoral degree at a cost that is comparable to (or lower than) traditional brick-and-mortar institutions – and can be earned in a way that best fits your schedule.

Changing reputation

In the not-so-distant past, Ed.D. programs were considered useful primarily to people who wanted to advance their careers in education, allowing for advancement in administrative positions within higher education, or to serve in senior administrative roles in K-12 school. The degree’s overall value in terms of career growth and potential was underestimated, and it often lived in the shadow of the Ph.D. But within the past decade, the programs – and their reputation – have changed.1

Today’s Ed.D. programs are more vibrant, innovative and diverse. They put research into action in a variety of fields, including healthcare, business, and the world of non-profits. This provides a powerful way for scholars to discover and improve their skills. That practical application provides a distinct opportunity to showcase knowledge and leadership abilities. It also can be completed in a shorter increment of time than a Ph.D. (usually within three to four years), which means you can move your knowledge from the classroom to the field more quickly.

Previously, the Ed.D. was geared almost exclusively toward the field of education. But as part of its overall transformation in recent years, it has extended far beyond the educational setting. Creighton’s online Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership is a prime example of that as it allows students from a diverse background to develop leadership skills that can be applied to an ever-widening scope of industries. 

Beyond education

While the Ed.D. can still prepare you for a future in education at the leadership level, it also opens the door for leadership in other professions, including the armed services, business, healthcare, and other professional settings.

That ability to apply your education to a number of different fields has deepened and broadened the value of the degree. It removes any remaining limits to a specific career field, and means that you can now apply this innovative degree to greater number of workplace environments. Over time, as your career progresses and your interests may take you to other areas of work beyond the field of education, the Ed.D. continues being relevant.

According to Michael Connell, Ed.D., CEO and co-founder of the children’s learning app company Native Brain, the value of an interdisciplinary Ed.D. is evident. Even those who have pursued a traditional Ed.D., but then found that education was not a good fit for them, have benefitted from the degree.

“I know people who have built thriving businesses, written books, been invited to give TedX talks, etc. … the Ed.D. opened the doors that made those things possible,” he wrote on the question-and-answer site Quora.com. “ROI has to be measured in more than just dollars.”

Creighton alumni specifically, have continually attested to the value the school’s Ed.D. program, citing its interdisciplinary nature as a key benefit.

If you are ready to expand your leadership skills, explore new opportunities and enhance your education, request more information and learn more about our Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership today.

Sources:

1http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/05/16/31purinton.h31.html