Achieve the ultimate degree in the education field by completing your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education at Ashford University. The PhD in Education is an ideal degree program if you have career aspirations and research interests related to education.

In this program, you will evaluate foundational and current educational theories and practices. The curriculum will examine issues and trends for designing and implementing educational strategies, as well as the role of social and cultural diversity in offering education within organizations. You'll also develop your abilities to apply diverse methods and principles of inquiry, discovery, evaluation, and original scholarship to educational research questions and practices.

  • Evaluate theories, practices, issues, and trends in designing and implementing educational strategies
  • Develop strategies for leveraging social and cultural diversity in offering education in organizations
  • Design policies and initiatives that adhere to ethical and legal practices in educational settings and learning communities
  • Propose solutions to societal problems through evidence-based application of educational research
  • Apply diverse methods and principles of inquiry, discovery, evaluation, and original scholarship to educational research questions and practices

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Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions


An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state's policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.