The Top Five Most Affordable Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs

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Online Doctor of Education Programs

Are you thinking about earning your Doctor of Education degree? If so, you are in great company. Teachers are among the most highly educated workers in the U.S. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, just under 9% of primary and secondary school teachers have earned their Education Specialist or Doctor’s degree. And earning this degree while you continue working is entirely possible with dozens of online programs available in the market today.

But if you are looking for an affordable online or low residency Doctor of Education (EdD) program, it can take days, if not weeks, of time to find the best programs through traditional web searches. And both the cost and quality of an online EdD are relevant criteria to consider as you search. But, you’ll only find these details by searching individual program websites of many possible program choices. collects data from university program websites to provide complete, up-to-date, details for online graduate degree programs. This past fall (2016), we collected data from the universe of online and low residency EdD programs actively marketing on the web. There are 26 online and low residency EdDs included in our database.

Our Top Five Most Affordable, Online EdD Degree Programs

The top five most affordable online and low residency EdD programs (total tuition) in the U.S. today are:

  1. William Howard Taft University ($20,160)
  2. University of Nebraska Lincoln ($22,500)
  3. University of the Cumberlands ($22,500)
  4. Old Dominion University ($27,864)
  5. University of West Florida ($29,824)

Of these five programs, Old Dominion University is the only low residency program and requires first and second year students to attend an annual, two-week Summer Institute the first two weeks in June. The other four programs are fully online.

These programs offer a wide range of specialization options. Two offer Community College Leadership, one offers Higher Education Leadership, two offer general Leadership, and one offers Curriculum & Instruction specializations. Two programs require students submit a GRE score for admissions consideration, and two others require students have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their master’s programs. Only one institution in this list is for-profit, and three are public institutions.

The total tuition for the total twenty-six programs in our database ranges from $20,160 to $103,980, with an average tuition across all programs of $45,635 (based on the tuition information published on their websites). So, these five programs clearly are among the more affordably priced, with total tuition just under $30,000.

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Use our interactive tool to download our online and low residency EdD degree programs, saving yourself hundreds of hours of searching the web for this information. These data provide all the programmatic details on the universe of online EdD programs available in the market today, including:

  • Name and location of university
  • Degree name and concentrations/specializations available
  • Delivery modality and details on residency requirements
  • Cost per credit in-state, out-of-state and/or online, and total tuition
  • Prerequisite and admissions requirements details such as GRE requirements, minimum GPA, and work experience
  • URL of program website for more details and institutional characteristics, and more!

With our help, you can develop a short-list of program options that meet your key criteria before you start reaching out to universities for more information. If you would rather have a downloadable PDF report that contains this information, visit our sister website,, to see our free report on The Top Five Most Affordable Online Ed.D. programs and our comprehensive report on all twenty-six Online and Low Residency Doctorate in Education Programs, for only $24.99. We save you hundreds of hours of web searching on your own!

If you are shopping for an online degree, is here to help you. Our database contains more information about online graduate degree programs than any website in the market today. Our goal is to help you find the right program, saving you significant amounts of time while providing the best information possible. Visit our website today to explore any of the most popular online graduate degrees.

The Online Degree Database is a web-based, continually-updated, easily searchable database of all the most popular online graduate degree programs in the United States. We deliver all the information you need to find the right online graduate degree to advance your career. You, the student, are our customer. We are not a marketing company, and we never sell your contact information to universities or education companies.

About Michelle Tufford
Michelle is a twenty-year veteran of market research. Most recently, she was Director of Research for a global education company that partners with universities to deliver online master’s degree programs. Michelle led research to support new business development and existing partner program optimization. She has worked with more than 100 universities, in the U.S. and abroad, and delivered more than 500 market viability studies, online program portfolio reviews, and online degree competitive analyses to improve the performance of new and existing online programs (such as prioritizing new concentrations, evaluating the efficacy of program admissions requirements, conducting online program website evaluations, and more). She oversaw the delivery of student surveys to measure satisfaction with enrollment and retention services, and consulted on student surveys to measure program outcomes.