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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







What Sets Our Doctor of Education Apart?

  • Visiting and resident faculty are actively engaged in cross-cultural ministry around the world, bringing current findings and experiences into the classroom.
  • A non-residential program configuration means as few as four trips to the Portland campus and no need to move away from home.
  • Students may specialize the focus of their training by choosing electives from our Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program.



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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+

Accessible Scheduling

The EdD in Intercultural Education program may be completed in three years’ time by enrolling in two intensive one-week seminars offered back-to-back at Western Seminary Portland campus each semester. By taking two back-to-back, week-long courses each time you come to campus, you can complete your training in just four trips. Or you can use a furlough year to relocate for more intensive on campus studies.

This unique scheduling design means you can complete their studies without leaving family, career, or ministry behind. Keep in mind that this level of academic research requires you to have ready access to a theological library in your home region.

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 leadership 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.