CTX Master's Alumni Can Go Even Further With the Doctor of Education

May 19, 2021
EdD graduate students

If you earned a master's degree from Concordia University Texas, we have the perfect opportunity to help you go even further in your education and career: the Doctor of Education (EdD).

The EdD program is ideal for alumni of Concordia's Master of Education program and Master of Business Administration in School Administration. Building on the foundation established through your master's program, the EdD prepares you for greater leadership opportunities in educational and organizational settings.

Plus, the Concordia EdD now offers an exciting alternative to the formal dissertation.

About the Concordia EdD

The Concordia EdD is a three-year online program with two weeklong summer residencies at the beautiful Austin, Texas, campus.

You choose between two specializations:

  • Educational Leadership (with optional Texas Superintendent Certification)
  • Curriculum & Instruction

The first two years of the program consist of coursework. You complete core courses throughout the first year. After taking and passing the qualifying exam at the end of the first year, you formally enter candidacy for the Doctor of Education and complete specialization-specific courses the second year.

During the third year, you work on the required practicum and the final project, completing either a Culminating Research-Based Inquiry of Practice (CRIP) or formal dissertation.

Valuable Alternative to the EdD Dissertation

The CRIP project allows you to use creative solutions to address needs within your own school district or organization.

Through the CRIP project, you use the research and theoretical skills you gain throughout the EdD program to design and implement innovative responses. In addition to working toward the completion of your EdD, the CRIP project enables you to become an active contributor to your working environment.

You can still choose to complete a formal dissertation. Through this project, you leverage research-based evaluations or theory construction to form generalizable conclusions and recommendations.

Top Reasons to Earn an EdD from Concordia

The Concordia EdD offers you a variety of benefits.


You complete most of the coursework online, which means you work on your degree when and where you want.

Additionally, you choose the final project (CRIP project or dissertation) that best supports your goals.

Built-In Research Opportunities

The practicum and CRIP project/dissertation provide you with valuable research experience, bolstering your resume and helping you stand apart in the job market.

The hands-on experiences are built into the EdD's three-year timeline.

Ease of Entry

While the Concordia EdD is a competitive program, the University does not require a GRE or other admission test.

View the admission requirements.

Individualized Support

The Concordia EdD faculty provide you with personalized support. Whether you have a question or need advice, your professors are easily accessible.

Cohort Learning Model

When you begin the EdD program at Concordia, you join a cohort.

A cohort is a group of 15-25 peers with whom you complete the program. In addition to providing excellent networking opportunities, cohort learning fosters an environment of support and accountability among those in the group.


Concordia's EdD program features locked-in tuition, which means that you pay the same rate of tuition throughout the program. The University also offers payment plans and Textbook Tornados, a program designed to save you up to 35% on the cost of textbooks.