Doctor of Education in Intercultural Education (EdD)

Doctor of Education in Intercultural Education (EdD)

As an educator who follows Jesus, you have an incredible opportunity to convey the transforming power of the gospel in your interactions with students and colleagues. Toward that end, the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Intercultural Education equips you to thrive in leadership positions at intercultural educational settings around the world, whether as an instructor, administrator, mentor, coach, or cross-cultural missionary.

This advanced, professional degree helps you develop mastery of intercultural education disciplines, graduate-level understanding of theological disciplines, growth in Christian maturity and integrity, and increased capacity to engage in educational administration, teaching, and research. This in-service program is designed for working educators to connect at interactive class modules with a minimum of interruption to life. The training culminates with you researching, writing, and defending a dissertation that explores a major topic of intercultural education and how you can advance that work.




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Graduate in as little as three years



Minimum 6 credits of on-campus intensives required (exceptions may be made for international students)



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What Sets Our Doctor of Education Apart?

  • Designed for cross-cultural practitioners wanting to apply their training to their current ministry context. 
  • Most courses can be taken via web conference, except for two week-long intensives at our Portland campus.
  • The residency requirements may be waived for international students and internationally-based students who can't travel to campus.
  • Visiting and resident faculty are actively engaged in cross-cultural ministry around the world.
  • Flexible scheduling allows you to customize your program to fit your needs.
  • Students may specialize the focus of their training by choosing electives from our Master of Theology (ThM) or Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs.

The uniqueness of our program is the strong integration of academic excellence and research with a student's current ministry and career goals.

Enoch Wan

Enoch Wan, PhD
Director of Doctor of Education



Course List

Core Modules: 24 credits
IE701 Intercultural Education 3
IE702 Cultural Anthropology 3
IE704 Intercultural Leadership and Mentorship 3
IE705 Intercultural Communication for Education 3
IE706 History, Philosophy and Theology of Intercultural Education 3
IE707 Learning, Teaching, and Technology in Intercultural Education 3
IE708 Spiritual Formation and Intercultural Disciple-Making 3
IE709 Education in Intercultural Context and Contextualization 3
Specialization Modules: 6 credits
Students will choose electives in an area of specialization in consultation with the program director. (6)
Research Courses: 12 credits
IE703 Proposal and Research Design 3
IE710 Integrated Research Methodology 3
Dissertation and Comprehensive Examination: 6+ credits
IS790 Proposal and Comprehensive Exam 1
IS791 Dissertation Research & Writing 5+

Minimal Residency Requirements

We make it possible for you to earn your degree without leaving the ministry that God has already called you to. Of the 36 credits required for the DIS, 6 credits must be taken in-person at Western’s Portland campus. This means that students must attend at least two, week-long intensives in person during their degree program. (Possible exceptions can be made for international students and internationally-located students.) 

Doctoral Education That Keeps Debt Down

Educational ministry work can bring limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. It might surprise you to learn that a minority of our students utilize loans, with most choosing instead to pay out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid.

Admission Requirements

In addition to a completed application for admission and the submission of all related admissions materials, applicants must present:

  • An Association of Theological Schools’ (ATS) accredited MDiv or a comparable two-year master’s degree of 48 credits or longer in appropriate missiological and theological disciplines
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in any of the above degrees
  • At least two years of effective intercultural ministry experience relevant to the proposed EdD program focus
  • Promise of contribution to the educational leadership of churches and denominations

As always, contact an Admissions Counselor if you’ve got further questions.

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