The Online Ed.D. Program from Peabody College

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Online Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning in Organizations

The doctor of education (Ed.D.) in leadership and learning in organizations is developed by faculty within Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College department of leadership, policy and organizations. Designed for current and aspiring leaders, the curriculum bridges the divide between theory and practice, equipping students with relevant skills to lead organizational change. 

Why Earn an Online Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning in Organizations?

Across industries, effective leaders provide the support and direction necessary to foster development, leverage resources, create solutions and resolve complex systemic challenges. Vanderbilt’s online Ed.D. in leadership and learning in organizations develops results-oriented, forward-thinking professionals who can confidently drive systemic change.

Our students will strengthen their communication, management, inquiry and assessment skills and immediately apply what they learn in the program to the real world. Through a comprehensive curriculum, students will learn to use data analytics tools to lead organizational growth while developing a unique perspective in learning and design.

Program Requirements

The online Ed.D in leadership and learning in organizations is a 54-credit* program and can be completed in 3-4 years. Students are required to complete a capstone project and must attend three on-campus convenings.

* The full program consists of 54 credit hours in addition to 30 transfer credit hours from an accepted master’s degree program for a total of 84 credit hours.

Online Ed.D. Curriculum

The online Ed.D. in leadership and learning in organizations curriculum prepares students to identify, assess and resolve organizational challenges from a learning and design perspective. Students learn how to improve operations in the workplace while focusing on three key competency areas:

  • Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Data and Analytics
  • Learning and Design

Through the 54-credit hour curriculum, students develop leadership skills and an in-depth understanding in the following areas:

  • Organizational change and systemic improvement
  • Different methods of inquiry and analysis
  • Issues of practice from a variety of perspectives
  • Impact of systems and practice on learning
  • Methods to organizational challenges
  • Context-specific individual and organizational learning
  • Organizational improvement, practice and processes
  • Data analytics skills

View a list of courses.

Program Components

The online Ed.D. brings together online learning and in-person experiences to offer students a program that is robust and challenging.

Weekly online classes

Live, online classes led by Vanderbilt University’s Peabody faculty serve as the starting point for engaging group discussions, question-and-answer sessions and guided learning. The classes take place on our online platform via webcam, allowing students to interact face-to-face no matter where they are. 

On-campus convenings

The on-campus convenings bring online Ed.D. students together with their peers and professors to Vanderbilt University’s campus in Nashville, Tennessee. Through collaborative projects and creative problem-solving, students demonstrate mastery of subject matter and leadership skills.


Using their knowledge and existing data, students identify an organizational issue or problem of practice, test a solution and make recommendations for long-term improvement. Students present their projects in front of a faculty panel for assessment.

Get Started

If you’re ready to get started, contact an Admissions Counselor at Phone Number: +1-855-338-4540 or request information.