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Distance Education, EdD

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Athabasca, Canada
The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Distance Education at the Athabasca University is offered by Athabasca University. It is a professional doctoral degree, intended for practitioners and those with career experience in distance education. 
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The Distance Education at the Athabasca University provides rigorous preparation for advanced responsibilities and leadership in the field, similar to other professional degrees such as the Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Public Administration, Doctor of Psychology, and the Doctor of Creative Arts.

The Distance Education program is offered by Athabasca University.

The professional doctoral program, though relatively new in most professional fields, has a well-defined set of objectives and competencies:

  • understanding of and proficiency with professionally relevant knowledge and practice;
  • advanced research and communication skills;
  • opportunity for advanced practice and socialization within a professional community.
  • In addition, the professional doctoral candidate is expected to make an original and significant contribution to the profession in which they are a member, as part of qualifying for the degree.

    A major benefit of professional doctoral degrees is the explicit attempt to move research and advanced knowledge generation from the university context to a wider application in the workplace. By its sponsorship of advanced professional study, the university expands its capability to provide resources, motivation, support, and credentialing for knowledge generation, research, and teaching in the field. 

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Advanced Topics and Issues in Distance Education 
    • Advanced Research in Education 
    • Teaching and Learning in Distance Education 
    • Leadership and Project Management in Distance Education 
    • Research Seminar

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


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    General Requirements

    • Applicants for the Master of Education and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate & Diplomas programs must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution. 
    • If the potential applicant does not have a degree, but believes his or her education and experience is equivalent to an undergraduate degree, then it is the responsibility of the applicant to put forward this position in writing as part of the application process. 
    • As an open university, we are committed to flexibilty and accessibility. 
    • Students have several options to gain experience and confidence with online graduate studies.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      11232 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 44944 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      11232 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 44944 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Athabasca

    • 1163 - 1830 CAD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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