Online Doctoral Degrees in Teaching

An online doctoral degree in teaching may equip individuals with the skills and training needed to assume a leadership role in the field of education. In this three to five-year program, students may learn how to utilize research to create and implement school curriculum, how to evaluate teaching methods, and how to assess the effectiveness of current instructional standards. Program coursework may include dissertation courses alongside major-specific teaching courses including educational research, multiple intelligences, and leadership for student achievement.

Upon completion of the program, students may seek teaching employment in their chosen subject area. Doctoral-level graduates may seek employment in school supervisory departments, public school systems, private schools, charter school districts, state education programs, and universities.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 20% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for an online doctoral-level teaching degree programs may include dissertation preparation courses as well as core teaching coursework. These courses may provide students the opportunity to research the issues and theories of literacy development, student discipline, and testing models and practices. Core teaching courses may include the following:

  • Educational Research Methodology
  • Developing Instructional Strategies and Curriculum
  • The Role of the Teacher Practitioner
  • Identifying Teaching and Learning Styles
  • Teaching and Learning Foundations
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Leadership for Student Achievement

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may seek career opportunities in public school districts, universities, government programs, charter schools, and private education programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, instructional and curriculum development employment opportunities are projected to increase by 20% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Post-Secondary Educator
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • School Principal
  • District Superintendent
  • School District Director

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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