Kent State Online’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Interprofessional Leadership offers Six Specialized Areas

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The 100% online Doctor of Education degree in Interprofessional Leadership at Kent State University allows for the study of leadership from an interprofessional perspective that is framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice.

What is a Doctor of Education degree?

A Doctor of Education is an advanced academic degree with a dissertation process that looks to mold research professionals into roles within academia and research. Kent State University’s Doctor of Education program provides a rigorous educational pathway on curriculum and instruction, administration, and assessment within athletic training programs.

What is Interprofessional Leadership at Kent State University?

The online Doctor of Education degree in Interprofessional Leadership at Kent State prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Field-based opportunities are provided to analyze problems of practice and use multiple frames to develop meaningful solutions.

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What are the six specialized concentrations in the Online Doctor of Education in Interprofessional Leadership?

Did you know? Kent State Online offers the only Doctor of Education with specialization in Athletic Training in the country!

Athletic Training
The Athletic Training concentration area provides graduate students the opportunity to prepare for the rigors of academic positions in a college or university by blending discipline-specific theory and practice strategies related to athletic training education. This degree program will provide the student with an opportunity to gain extensive knowledge in higher education as a whole while developing the critical skills necessary to establish a strong foundation in athletic training and educational leadership. A comprehensive project directly related to athletic training education will allow the student to address a contemporary issue in the profession through purposeful research strategies to generate educational change within the discipline.

Cultural Foundations
The Cultural Foundations concentration area prepares students for leadership roles in educational settings seeking to address problems of practice that reflect broad societal problems and thus defy simple solutions. Immersion in the literature of the field of social foundations of education will expose students to historical, sociological, anthropological, and philosophical understandings that will enable them to contextualize problems of practice within and beyond their particular institutional setting. Students will develop facilities with conceptual, critical, and normative modes of analysis needed to unpack contemporary problems of practice and propose approaches to addressing them in ways that do justice to their complexity. This terminal degree program will appeal to students who are already grappling with these problems in institutional settings and to those who wish to prepare themselves for such roles.

Curriculum & Instruction
The Curriculum & Instruction concentration area prepares students to be curriculum leaders in their classrooms, schools, and communities. Students will attain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, conceptualize, and research important problems related to the practice of curriculum development, curriculum leadership, and curriculum evaluation. Additionally, students will learn to develop, implement, and evaluate solutions that are informed by currently available theory and research in curriculum and instruction.

Educational Technology
The Educational Technology concentration area aims to prepare leaders who are conversant in critical research, theories, and methods in educational technology to facilitate positive change in their professional settings. It is designed to help students advance their knowledge in educational technology research to implement educational technology initiatives in educational and business environments using research-informed and data-driven decisions.

Leadership in Educational Contexts (NEW!)
The Leadership in Educational Contexts concentration provides education in multidisciplinary perspectives on leadership throughout a range of educational contexts. The concentration prepares students to lead positive change through their work as ethical and social justice-oriented scholarly practitioners. Concentration coursework focuses on advanced leadership theories, skills, and sociocultural contexts of education organizations and systems. This concentration is appropriate for leaders and emerging leaders in higher education, PK-12 schooling, and other organizations in which non-formal, informal, and formal education takes place.

Special Education
The Special Education concentration area prepares students for leadership roles in improving the practice of special education (birth to adulthood). Students will attain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and conceptualize important problems related to the practice of special education and to develop, implement, and evaluate solutions that are informed by the best available research and theory in special education and related disciplines. The Special Education concentration provides doctoral-level training to anyone seeking to lead positive change in how special education and related services are provided to learners with disabilities.

Kent State University Ranked a Top School for Online Degrees in Education & Teaching

Kent State University has been ranked one of the year’s best schools for online degrees in education & teaching by STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service), specifically the Best Online EdD Degree Program. Just under 6 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. earned a ranking position.

See where Kent State ranked on the full list.

This ranking comes at a time when enrollment in online degree programs is on the rise. A recent study from market research company, Technavio, found that online higher education has the potential to grow by 20 percent over the next four years.

STEPS vetted an estimated 7,700 postsecondary institutions to create its rankings. To qualify, a college or university must hold active regional accreditation from an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education, and have at least one partially online program in education & teaching.

100% Online Degrees through the College of Education, Health and Human Services

Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services (EHHS) offers a portfolio of 100% online graduate degrees. With the working professional in mind, the college is dedicated to providing quality education on an online platform.

Degrees include:

Learn more about all of the 100% online EHHS degrees.


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