Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Advancing International Educators with the Doctor of Education Degree in Instructional Leadership

Earn your Ed.D in a convenient low-residency format that blends online learning with annual residencies in the U.S., Dubai or Panama City


Wilkes University's doctor of education degree in instructional leadership is designed for teachers and leaders who want to make a difference and improve education around the world. We do this by empowering leaders with a blend of theory, scholarship, research and practice that can impact change in educational systems in the U.S. and internationally. Benefit from online learning with annual weekend residencies at three global locations: the United States, Dubai, or Panama City. This convenient format allows students to collaborate with professors and and peers in person, online and across the globe, forming a strong support system that extends far beyond graduation. The Ed.D. requires 60 post-master's credits and culminates in the development of a dissertation proposal. The final dissertation and its defense are the capstone requirements for the Wilkes Ed.D.

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation's finest small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise.

Wilkes is also a leading provider of graduate programming for educators. In addition to the doctor of education, Wilkes offers more than two-dozen master's degrees and certificate programs to education professionals around the world. Programs include the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice and doctor of pharmacy degrees, master's degree programs in various fields, and 47 undergraduate majors.

The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates.