University of New England

University of New England Online

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)


11 Hills Beach Road

Biddeford, ME 04005

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Format: Online

Program Description:

This Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a cohort program with three cohorts per year: Spring A term, Summer A term, and Fall A term. It is a three-year program, including dissertation, and is completed entirely online with no residency requirement. Your dissertation is also presented online.

The program focuses on Transformative Leadership, and will prepare you to transform self, organization, and community through focused, flexible study. You will become powerfully positioned to build allies with others striving for common outcomes as well as collaborate with individuals with divergent values and perspectives.


  • 51-credit hour program
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Learn on your schedule in a flexible study environment
  • Renowned faculty of practitioners, researchers & educators
  • Strong networking forum
  • No GRE required
  • Regionally accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)



  • Prepare leaders who are future-focused and capable of fostering innovation and change.
  • Promote a continuing cadre of educators who maintain active connections and collaboration with one another, with schools, communities and professional groups.
  • Establish a higher education program that is technologically sophisticated, educationally effective, and academically rigorous.
  • Build a national reputation based upon transformative collaborative action research.
  • Provide each candidate with a carefully selected faculty mentoring team contributing actively to the candidate’s progress with their program of study, their research, and their dissertation, beyond what is usually available with a single advisor.


The UNE Ed.D. program is well-matched for individuals working in:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Nonprofit Organizations (NPO)
  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGO)
  • Private Organizations
  • Public Agencies


Curriculum Structure

This online Ed.D. program design specifically supports your development as a transformative leader through formal study of your organization, participatory research processes, and collaborative decision making. Professionals engage in:

  • Instruction that includes online lectures, instructor-led discussions and assessments, small group interactions, and limited, flexible synchronous sessions.
  • Preparation outside of class that includes readings, project development and applied research. 
  • Completion of a culminating dissertation that employs your professional knowledge and new learning and demonstrates transformative leadership, organization, and community change.


The University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC CIHE). NEASC is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high levels of education, from pre-kindergarten through the higher education doctoral level. Accreditation is the review of the quality of educational institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that the public knows that an institution or program provides a high quality education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Master's College or University II

Loans Offered: Federal and Private educational loans are available.

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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