Wilkes University

International Doctor of Education (EdD)

The international Doctor of Education degree is designed for teachers and leaders who want to make a difference by improving education around the world.

Now Accepting Applications for International Cohorts

Dubai application deadline: Dec. 15, 2022
Dubai residency:
Jan. 27-30, 2023

Our program is conducted in a convenient low-residency format blending online coursework with annual, four-day residencies at international sites. Our mission is to empower leaders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effect change in educational systems through the synthesis of theory, scholarship, and practice. Our vision is to develop authentic, ethical, courageous, and innovative leaders who transform educational culture and practice. Our EdD offers a concentration in Instructional Leadership for international educators. Coursework is built around educational theory and research, combined with key connections to classroom technology and leadership practice in the international educational environment.

International students also can choose a concentration in PA Principal Leadership with certification, allowing students to earn their principal leadership certificate while living abroad. PA certificates may be transferred to other states using current Department of Education reciprocity agreements.

Admission to the EdD program is competitive and cohort size is limited.Students applying to the international doctoral cohort must be living outside of the US/Canada at the time of application or upon the start of the program. Ask about scholarships that may be available to international applicants. Choose the International Graduate application and select "EdD – Instructional Leadership (International)" from the dropdown menu when selecting a major. 


Enjoy online learning combined with three four-day residencies at international sites throughout the program. Our cohort model allows students to collaborate with peers and professors in person and online, forming a strong support system that extends beyond graduation.


Our highly skilled full-time and adjunct faculty hold terminal degrees and possess extensive experience as educators and researchers, worldwide. They serve as mentors to accepted students throughout the program and guide the research process as dissertation chairs, encouraging high standards from conception through defense and providing a personalized, scholarly leadership journey.


The international EdD is designed to address the needs and challenges facing all educators in contemporary society, while meeting the unique needs of international teachers and leaders. Coursework combines the principles and theory of leadership, scholarship and practice to prepare leaders who can affect change in educational systems worldwide, advance student learning and inform future practice through research. The program was designed to empower international classroom teachers, as well as advance current or aspiring educational leaders. The completion of required doctoral-level coursework culminates in the development of a dissertation proposal. The final dissertation and its defense are the capstone requirements for the EdD in Educational Leadership.


The curriculum is consists of 60 post-master's credits, including 9 credits of leadership core courses, 30 credits of content area courses, 12 credits of research courses, and 9 credits of dissertation.

The AAIE Institute and International Leadership Certification

Twenty-one credits from the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) Institute, when taken post-master's, can be transferred into the EdD program. That means only 30 credits of Wilkes doctoral courses, plus a dissertation, are required to earn the EdD

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Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college.

Wilkes is a leading provider of graduate programming for educators. In addition to the doctor of education, Wilkes offers more than two-dozen master's degrees and certificate programs to education professionals around the world. Wilkes also offers doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice and doctor of pharmacy degrees, master's degree programs in various fields, and 47 undergraduate majors.

Wilkes was recently recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing universities in the country. Wilkes is regionally accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education.

Nicholas Tomaskovic
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
(570) 408-4885

Congratulations to recent EdD graduate

Mona Nashman-Smith

Recipient of the prestigious Medal of the British Empire.