Program Overview

Union Institute & University (UIU) strives to provide accessible and relevant education for working professionals. The school offers a number of both undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs that cover a wide range of disciplines. One such program is the school’s Doctor of Education (Ed. D) program.

The Ed. D program helps students develop the skills, attributes, and knowledge necessary to excel in leadership roles in the educational world, both at the PreK-12 and higher-education levels. The program offers two separate tracks for each of these respective levels. Learning comes in a variety of forms, through seminars, residency experiences, internships, and the dissertation project. The blend of these experiences enables students to explore, understand, and work to resolve educational and social issues within their own communities and workplaces.

UIU’s doctoral program emphasizes four values: excellence in scholarship, attentiveness to social justice, engagement of differences, and praxis. This wide lens of values carry into all of the programs, and students carry these values with them throughout their coursework and research and, hopefully, into their careers. Through the lens of education, students will explore theories of alternative means of resource distribution and how these theories can be applied toward the greater good of both our students and our world.

A huge component of the Ed. D program, as with any doctoral-level program, is the dissertation. Students will choose a topic of interest to them, either professionally or personally, and use their in-depth analysis of this subject to prove their learning of the program’s fundamental teachings. As an educational doctoral program, the dissertation must, of course, be in some way relevant to the advancement of knowledge about an education-related topic.

Students are required to complete 66 credits of coursework through this Ed. D program. As mentioned above, the courses are comprised of a blend of seminars, residencies, and internship experiences. While almost all seminars and residencies can be completed online, all students are required to attend a one-week in-person residency at the beginning of the program. At this event, students will be introduced to the program and their fellow cohort with whom they will be tackling their doctoral degree.

To be admitted into the Ed. D program, students must have earned a Master’s degree and have completed at least one graduate research course. Persons interested in learning more are encouraged to contact UIU program faculty.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Master's degree (with minimum of one grad level research course); All students are required to attend an in-person program overview residency at the beginning of their tenure, where they will be introduced to the program and their fellow program cohorts.

    School Overview

    Union Institute & University is a private non-profit institution that was founded in 1964. The main campus of UI&U is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and other campus locations are in Brattleboro, Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont, Sacramento, California, Los Angeles, California, and North Miami Beach, Florida. Union was founded when a group of liberal arts colleges joined to form a consortium of institutions that were experimenting with alternative education in the 1960s, known as The Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education. In 2001, The Union Institute became Union Institute and University after having added a graduate school and developed programs for non-traditional students.

    Union offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and students have a choice to participate in these programs through online courses, hybrid programs, or face-to-face instruction.


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