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Posted January 16, 2015 by

5 Career trajectories for graduates who earn doctoral degrees in education

 

If you want to move into educational leadership, getting your Ed.D. degree could set you on a path to advancement. People who earn an Ed.D. don’t just become school principals, although more than half of them do. They also lead by becoming superintendents, academic deans, or community college presidents. Still others become college professors who educate tomorrow’s teachers and administrators.

Generally speaking, the Ed.D. is for people who want to go into hands-on, day-to-day administrative roles, while the Ph.D. in education would prepare you for a life of educational scholarship and quantitative research. Both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. require a dissertation, but Ed.D.’s tend to perform more qualitative research. However, all of these differences are just generalizations. Plenty of Ed.D.’s go on to become tenured education professors, and Ph.D.’s can become school administrators. (See “Ed.D vs Ph.D in Education: What’s the difference?”) We will take a look here at some of the career doors that can open when you earn your doctoral degree in education.  (more…)