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Athabasca University

Doctor of Education in Distance Education

For more information about the application process, please see How to Apply.

The first of its kind in North America, the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Distance Education is evidence of Athabasca University's global leadership in distance education teaching, scholarship, and programming innovation.

With an emphasis on building a scholarly community of learners, the program is cohort-based and accepts 12 students annually. The program is delivered at a distance, with the exception of an initial onsite 5-day orientation workshop at the beginning of the first year of study.


AU is a publicly funded institution of the Province of Alberta and reports to the government through the Minister of Advanced Education. Through the Post-secondary Learning Act, the government authorizes Athabasca University Governing Council to grant degrees and govern our own affairs. Members of Athabasca University Governing Council are appointed under orders in council of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Athabasca University is the first Canadian university to be awarded accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). More details about accreditation in the U.S.A. are available.

More information about Accreditation may be found on the main AU website.

Updated May 29 2017 by DE

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.