New Doctoral Degree in Out-of-School Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Responding to the needs of professionals looking to advance their careers, the
University of Pittsburgh offers a Doctor of Education (EdD) in out-of-school learning.
The part-time EdD is a three-year cohort-based degree program designed around
the needs of working professionals with very clear timelines and an on-line course
The program is intended for experienced professionals who aspire to be
transformational leaders in out-of-school learning. Prospective applicants might
currently work in museums, out-of-school time (OST) settings, libraries, digital
media/technology, university outreach/extension, policy groups and think tanks, life-long
learning programs, parks, environmental centers, arts-based organizations, community
settings, youth development, or the many other areas where we explore learning
environments that exist outside of classrooms. Program faculty are expert in connecting
research and practice and have experience across a wide range of out-of-school
settings, audiences, and learning arrangements.
Out-of-School Learning students are part of a larger, multidisciplinary EdD cohort of
students from eight different specializations in education, offering rich opportunities for
collaboration and broad learning about education. The core EdD curriculum covers
educational foundations and methods of practitioner inquiry, while the specialized outof-school
learning curriculum focuses on informal learning theory, organizational
processes, applied life-long learning, and evidence-based change and evaluation.
In addition to on-line work, most students in the EdD program come to Pittsburgh for
occasional Saturday sessions with the entire EdD cohort. Students in the out-of-school
learning program can opt for this on-line/face-to-face model or could choose a
predominately on-line model. Students who do not live in Pennsylvania can apply for
merit-based scholarships to help offset the cost of out-of-state tuition.
We will launch our first cohort in May 2017. Applications are due February 1, 2017.
For more information:
Kevin Crowley, crowleyk
Tom Akiva, tomakiva
Jennifer Russell, jrussel