Doctorate in
Global Education – EdD (Part-Time Hybrid)

Accelerate your career by building the interdisciplinary expertise and skills to address critical issues in global education.

At a Glance

For programs beginning in 2023




Part-Time Hybrid

Priority Deadline

November 1, 2022 for all students, no rolling admissions


3 Years


United States

Critical Global Issue of Study

Education & Social Change

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Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.


Built on SIT’s powerful experiential learning model, our hybrid doctorate in global education (EdD) combines rigorous online coursework with short residencies in Vermont to fit the needs of part-time and full-time professionals seeking to rapidly accelerate their career while tackling highly relevant issues in global education, both locally and abroad.

Drawing from SIT’s unique brand of in-depth, reflective practice and intensive research training, this doctorate gives you the tools you need to excel in an increasingly diverse, competitive, and interdisciplinary field. Courses take place in person and online, with an estimated 10 to 15 hours of studies a week.

Begin the program on our beautiful Vermont campus with a two-week summer residency, which will ground and orient you to your studies, introduce you to SIT’s global values, and allow you to bond with students and faculty while acclimating to your coursework. You will return for two weeks the following summer, but otherwise work completely remotely.

Courses are immersive, with engaging doctoral seminars; case studies; theory; data collection; research methods; and reflective practice tied to your ongoing work experience. Transfer up to 12 graduate credits from a relevant master’s program into this three-year, 60-credit doctorate.

Throughout the program, you will receive one-on-one guidance from an SIT advisor who, along with your doctoral colleagues, will work closely with you on research topics of your choice. You will present your doctoral defense in person or remotely.

SIT’s Doctorate in Global Education is recommended for students with a passion for international work and education at any level, in any subfield, at any location. As a graduate of this program, you will be fully supported by SIT’s global professional and alumni networks to advance to the top of your field as an international educator.

Career Paths

Students in the EdD program go on to work in the field in a variety of areas including leadership positions in academia, higher education, think tanks, NGOs, nonprofits, philanthropy, government agencies, and research. Career paths that may be open to you include:

  • University professor, assistant, or associate professor

  • Executive director of higher education center or nonprofit

  • Nonprofit, think tank, or NGO management or leadership

  • Director of programs for nonprofit or NGO

  • Education administrator

  • Associate/assistant provost or provost

  • Senior or leadership role in academic affairs

  • Researcher at think tank or NGO

Visit the SIT blog to read more about SIT Graduate Institute alumni careers.

Program Sites

  • Courses take place almost entirely online 
  • Summer residencies in Vermont  

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze contemporary educational issues around the globe through the lens of foundational theories.
  • Design and carry out original, ethical research informed by relevant literature and grounded in appropriate methodologies and approaches.
  • Interpret original and secondary data to produce actionable findings.
  • Contribute to scholarship and practice of the field through publishable research findings.

Read more about Program Learning Outcomes.


Your doctorate program will span three years, totaling 60 credits. With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you will become an expert in educational policy, practice, theory, research, and administration through curated coursework online combined with limited residential coursework and reflective practice within your ongoing professional activities, concluding with a dissertation. Coursework is listed below. 

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information.

This is SIT

  • We value active togetherness, reciprocity, and respect as the essential ingredients for building a sustainable community.
  • With open minds, empathy, and courage, we facilitate intercultural understanding and respect for the commonalities and differences between people.
  • We champion social inclusion & justice in all that we are and all that we do, from ensuring our community and our programs amplify the voices, agency, and dignity of all people to deliberately instilling the principles and practices of inclusion in all of our work.
  • We are committed to human and environmental well-being through sustainability and contributing to a better world for all living and future generations.

Semester One: Summer, two-week residency and online (8 Credits)

  • Theoretical Foundations I 
  • Research Methods 1: Qualitative Approaches  
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 1 

Semester Two: Fall, online (8 Credits)

  • Theoretical Foundations II 
  • Research Methods 2: Qualitative Approaches  
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 2

Semester Three: Spring, online (8 Credits)

  • Research Methods 3: Introduction to Statistical Methods 
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 3 
  • Elective  

Semester Four: Summer, two-week residency and online (8 Credits)

  • Research Methods 4: Qualitative or Quantitative Data Analysis 
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 4 
  • Elective  

Semester Five: Fall, online (5 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 5 
  • Elective 
  • Preparation of Dissertation Proposal and Human Subjects Review Application  

Semester Six: Spring, online (8 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 6 
  • Proposal Defense 
  • Data Collection  
  • Elective 

Semester Seven: Summer, online (5 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 7 
  • Data Collection 
  • Dissertation Writing 

Semester Eight: Fall, online (5 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 8 
  • Dissertation Writing  

Semester Nine: Spring, online and graduation (6 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 9 
  • Dissertation Defense (can be remote)
  • Graduation  

Admissions Criteria

We strive to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both within and outside the classroom. 

To be considered for admission into SIT’s Doctorate in Global Education, an applicant must meet the following criteria: 

  • Master’s degree or an equivalent from an accredited university  
  • One research methods course at the MA level (i.e. Introduction to Research Methodology). In the case of SIT alumni, Practitioner Inquiry will meet this requirement  
  • Strong academic writing and scholarly potential, as evidenced by a statement of purpose  
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below) 
  • Intercultural and professional experience 
  • A preferred grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 or higher  
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning  
  • All applicants are required to interview with program faculty 

(MA holders and SIT alumni in a relevant field will be able to transfer up to 12 credits toward the EdD program. Please ask us for more information.) 

SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process

Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: Applicants are required to undertake an interview with SIT faculty during the application process.   

As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education—grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments—they determine for themselves how SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives. 

English Language Ability

Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English must submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online. 

Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of: 

  • 600 on the paper-based test (PBT) 
  • 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 
  • 100 on the internet-based iBT. 

Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. 

Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68. 

These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level workScores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT. 

Faculty & Staff

Global Education – EdD (Part-Time Hybrid)

Alla Korzh, EdD
Program Chair, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD, Part-Time Hybrid) • Associate Professor, MA in International Education (Full-Time Global)
Sora Friedman, PhD
Professor, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD, Part-Time Hybrid) • Professor and Chair, MA in International Education (Full-Time Global) • Professor and Chair, MA in International Education (Part-Time Hybrid) • Chair, MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (Part-Time Hybrid)
Melissa Whatley, PhD
Assistant Professor , Doctorate in Global Education (EdD, Part-Time Hybrid) • Assistant Professor, MA in International Education (Part-Time Hybrid) • Assistant Professor, MA in International Education (Full-Time Global)
David Shallenberger, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, MA in International Education (Full-Time Global) • Affiliated Faculty, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD, Part-Time Hybrid)
Deepa Srikantaiah, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD, Part-Time Hybrid)
Margaret (Meg) Gardinier, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD, Part-Time Hybrid)
Bruce W. Dayton, PhD
Program Chair, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations (Full-Time Global) • Director, Certificate in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT)
K. Alexander Williams, EdD
Affiliated Faculty, MA in Sustainable Development (Part-Time Hybrid)
Nicolas Stahelin, EdD
Assistant Professor, MA in Climate Change and Global Sustainability (Full-Time Global)
Meredith McCormac, PhD
Faculty, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD, Part-Time Hybrid)
Catherine Honeyman, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD, Part-Time Hybrid)
Karla Giuliano Sarr, EdD
Affiliated Faculty, MA in International Education (Full-Time Global)

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