An Outstanding & Supportive Academic Experience  

As an online EdD student, you will experience the same quality education we provide every day on campus in Louisville, Kentucky — from the comforts of your home.
Our dedicated faculty and staff will guide you from enrollment through graduation, supporting you to elevate your career and lead with compassion. After you complete the form with your information, an enrollment advisor will reach out to you to share more about the program and learn more about your personal and professional goals. Your enrollment advisor will guide you through the application process and answer any questions you have along the way.


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What Is It Like to Study Online with Spalding? 

The online EdD curriculum is thoroughly engaging and designed for you to connect with other students and faculty. On average, you can expect to devote 25-30 hours a week to: 

  • Reading
  • Discussion boards
  • Research and writing
  • Weekly synchronous sessions

You will participate in online discussions, quizzes and group projects in a dynamic online learning space called Canvas. Spalding University provides free accounts for Microsoft 365 where you can check email, create virtual presentations and save documents. Zoom is also used for video meetings and collaboration with peers. 

At Spalding, we know that success looks different for every student. We will connect with you individually to help you be successful in and out of the virtual classroom. In addition to your faculty, you will be paired with a student success advisor who will be your primary contact and mentor until it’s time for graduation. To learn more, visit our Student Support page.


Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a Learning Management System that organizes all of your coursework. Faculty will post grades, assignments, quizzes, tests and other activities directly in Canvas. This can be accessed online.

Where can I see what Canvas looks like?

There are many great resources for Spalding University students. Click here to view general information, including a video overview.

Can I access emails and courses on my phone?

Yes! Microsoft 365 and Canvas learning management system have applications that can be downloaded on your smartphone.

What technology do I need for classes?

In general, a reliable internet connection as well as a laptop or desktop computer running Windows 10 or macOS Sierra or newer will be sufficient. You may also want to invest in speakers, a headset and a microphone.

If you are planning to purchase a computer, check for student discounts.

What programs should I familiarize myself with?

It may be helpful to gain proficient knowledge in Microsoft Office which includes: 

  • Word – to create documents   
  • PowerPoint – to create virtual presentations 
  • Excel – to organize data in spreadsheets 
  • OneNote – to save, access, edit, and share files  

Programs like Grammarly and Google Scholar are helpful for research.

I’ve never studied online. Is there support?

You are not alone! Online learning is different from a traditional classroom, but at Spalding you are supported every step of the way. Your success advisor will always point you in the right direction and there are many resources throughout your journey, including orientations, IT support, and one-on-one mentorship. Click to learn more about the support we provide you as an online EdD student

Will I get free access to Microsoft Office?

Yes, Spalding students have free access to Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. You can install these programs on multiple computers and mobile devices.