Doctor of Education

EdD in Educational & Professional Practice, Humane Education


A Doctorate for Practitioners Committed to Social Action

Our doctoral program is designed to prepare professionals who use educational practice in the service of more just and inclusive schools, organizations, and communities. Through a transdisciplinary curriculum that includes shared seminars in diverse learning communities, and individualized work within the Humane Education specialization, you will be able to develop doctoral research skills to pursue solutions to local and global problems that you encounter in your schools, organizations, and communities. This degree is offered in an online, low-residency format.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Education in Educational and Professional Practice is intended for professionals who use educational practices in the service of social, economic, and environmental justice, in schools and beyond. The program is designed with working adults in mind. Classes are offered online, with a four-day, face-to-face residency each July on one of our campuses. A new cohort will enter the program each summer term, and if you take two courses each term, you should be able to complete the degree in three years. You will study with an accomplished, diverse, and caring faculty who will guide you through a transdisciplinary curriculum that integrates scholarship and practice. Your culminating project will be a dissertation that establishes your place among scholar-practitioners who seek workable solutions to complex issues in schools, communities, and national and global settings.

Humane Education Specialization

The EdD Program offers a specialization in Humane Education in collaboration with the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) and is the only program of its kind at the doctoral level. According to the founders of IHE, “Education is the key to creating a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. We prepare people to foster compassion and teach critical, systems, strategic, and creative thinking to students of all ages and in a range of educational settings” ( Humane Education is an innovative, socially-relevant educational movement that draws connections between human rights, environmental preservation, animal protection, and culture. The EdD in Educational and Professional Practice with a specialization in Humane Education will enable those grounded in Humane Education at the master’s level to develop doctoral research skills to pursue solutions to local and global problems that they encounter in their schools, organizations, and communities. Students in this specialization will explore, in an intersectional manner, issues such as environmental ethics, animal protection, human rights, culture and change, arts and social change, food systems, and “solutionary” education in the classroom. Humane Education students will have opportunities to engage with faculty from IHE both virtually and in Maine. The specialization may be composed of seminars and individualized study. You may also choose to take courses in other Antioch programs and to transfer in credits from previous graduate work. Each student’s dissertation topic will fall within their chosen specialization. Click here for Curriculum Info and Course Descriptions

Residency Information

Residencies for the EdD program are held on the first Saturday of each term.

In-Person Residencies
July 11-14, 2024Columbus, Ohio
July 10-13, 2025TBA
Future Waldorf CohortsTBATBA
Future Humane Education ResidenciesTBATBA
Virtual Residencies
Residency TermApplication DeadlineDatesLocation
Spring 2024December 2, 2024January 2, 2024Virtual
Summer 2024April 4, 2024May 4, 2024Virtual
Fall 2024July 24, 2024August 24, 2024Virtual


Admissions Criteria

Antioch’s student population is richly diverse, which creates a learning climate unique to the degree. To be successful in this program, you will have a minimum of five years’ professional experience, either before or after your Master’s work. Regardless of your formal position, you must be able to envision yourself as an education change agent in whatever setting you work. Although you must hold a Master’s degree, your degree does not need to be in Education. You should have an interest in using your EdD to advance study about educational practice in your field and should be able to identify a specialty focus for your doctoral work. You may be able to transfer in up to 12 credits of prior Master’s or post-Master’s graduate study in that specialization, either from Antioch or another accredited university.*

How to Apply
  1. Complete the online admissions Portfolio, which is comprised of the following elements:
    1. Online Application which provides the most recent information about your education, professional experience, references, and other personal data.
    2. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate. Both undergraduate and graduate school transcripts must arrive at the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope or sent via secure transcripts email service.
    3. Two letters of reference. These references should be from persons who are or have been in a position to evaluate your work. At least one must be an academic reference such as an instructor or program administrator who can speak to your academic promise as a doctoral student. Your recommenders can submit their letter electronically using the online application or send a signed, sealed copy directly to Admissions.
    4. Resumé/CV
    5. Personal statement. Your statement of about 1000 words should describe (a) how your education and experiences to date have prepared you to pursue for this Ed.D., (b) what you want to accomplish professionally through this degree, and (c) how the degree will help you achieve their long-term professional goals. Please also indicate which specialization you would like to pursue, understanding that this choice may change during the program.
    6. Work sample. This should be one piece of professional or academic work that you think is representative of your finest efforts. It might be a published essay or a chapter of a book, a curriculum, a grant proposal, a business plan, a strategic plan, a newsletter, or other types of documents. The submitted document should not exceed fifteen pages in length. If your document is longer, please excerpt the most relevant section.
  2. Submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.
  3. If selected, interview with an EdD faculty member or director via phone or Skype.

The EdD does not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. *Pursuant to Ohio Department of Higher Education regulations, only graduate credits in excess of 30 applied toward the master’s degree may be eligible for transfer. Please submit all materials to: Antioch University Admissions Office 900 Dayton Street Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387 –OR– [email protected] All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.


SemesterApplication DeadlinesStart Dates
Summer AApril 15/5/25
Spring ADecember 231/6/25

Technology Requirements

Students in this program participate in online learning activities organized within small- and large-group learning communities. Antioch University Online is a 100% online learning environment, and therefore, in addition to having the traditional learning skills, students are expected to have basic technological skills, compatible computer hardware, operating system, and internet connectivity upon entrance into the program. LEARN MORE


Graduate Degree Tuition

EdD in Educational & Professional Practice$1064 per semester hour
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Financial Aid

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