How an EdD can help boost your career and office cred


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Most change agents aren’t born with mad leadership skills. They typically have passionate role models, mentors and even college degrees to show them the way.

If you’ve ever attended a protest, signed a petition or even just shouted at the TV, your passion to join or lead a movement is already there. It just needs some formal encouragement.

Did you know that one of the best programs out there to help you develop leadership skills and transform your community is the Doctor of Education (EdD) at Northeastern University–Charlotte? If your background or future isn’t in education, no worries. The EdD is not just for educators. Across professions, the doctorate empowers you to lead and pursue the issues you’re passionate about—whether that’s healthcare, human rights, criminal justice or education.

Here are 3 things an EdD can help you do for your career:

1. Discover Your Leadership Style: EdD coursework, hands-on training and real-world practice is your path to better leadership skills. Through engagement with classmates and instructors, you’ll discover your own personal leadership style and fine-tune your management voice.

2. Develop Your Analytical Skills: You’ll learn methods of research that will no doubt prove your analytical skills while positioning you to make a difference in your industry. An EdD signals to employers that you’re a thought leader; someone who can identify a problem, examine the issue from multiple perspectives and offer practical solutions.

3. Turn Your Passion into a Vision: By analyzing social justice issues, investigating problems and debating ideas, the EdD program helps students think more strategically and build on the framework of their passions. The coursework provides an opportunity to design a forward-thinking organization or community by setting forth a vision.

Designed for the Working Professional

The EdD is popular with working professionals since it can be completed almost entirely online, allowing you to continue working full-time. With a few weekend residencies in the first two years of the program, students have an opportunity to connect in-person with faculty and fellow students in Charlotte, Boston, or Seattle.

3 Paths To Choose From

To help shape your course of study to your area of interest, there are three career-building concentrations within the doctoral program:

  • Organizational Leadership Studies
  • Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership
  • Higher Education Administration

The program also gives you the opportunity to focus on a problem in your industry and, through experiential learning and research opportunities, make an immediate impact at your company.

Want to hear more from faculty, program graduates and current students? Join Northeastern University-Charlotte’s informal meet up on July 11 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. to get all your questions answered. There’s no cost to attend, but please register here so they know you’re coming.

Can’t make it but want to learn more? Contact Tammy McNish, assistant director of admissions, at or 980-224-8468.


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