School of Education
Professional Doctorate
in Education

Integrating professional and academic knowledge
Degree will be conferred by European International University, (EIU-Paris)

Program Delivery

100% Online accelerated degrees

Time to Completion

up to 3 years

Total credit hours

90 ECTS Credits

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Professional Doctorate in Education

Programs Available:

  1. Professional Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  2. Professional Doctorate in Education
  3. Professional Doctorate in Education Administration & Leadership
  4. Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology
  5. Professional Doctorate in Special Education
  6. Professional Doctorate in Teaching

Experienced professionals who are keen to make effective use of their industry expertise to evaluate, integrate and employ existing knowledge in unique ways to your professional field, they must pursue a professional Doctorate, a Doctorate-level degree for experienced professionals. The independent research phase differentiates the professional Doctorate programs from PhD degrees.

A professional Doctorate program recognizes your practical work experience and mastery of areas, such as curriculum and instruction, education, educational administration, educational psychology, special education, teaching etc. Consequently, your Doctorate research focuses primarily on applying the existing theories and knowledge to your area of work to strengthen your professional practice and qualify you for top positions within your industry. Whereas, PhD students focus on developing new ideas, perspectives, and theories that add to the body of knowledge in that field.

Online Professional Doctorate vs. PhD Program

Which one should you opt for? It depends on your career aspirations.

A PhD program from an online university will benefit you the most if you want to:

  • Pursue a traditional Doctorate dissertation to produce a scholarly paper.
  • Expand your knowledge and expertise in a specific area.
  • Focus on academic research and publish research as an expert author.
  • Opportunity to work as a faculty teaching position in higher education.
  • Serve as a leader and expert within your organization.

An online professional Doctorate will be the right choice if you want to:

  • Deepen your understanding of the functional disciplines of your profession.
  • Participate in action research based on real-world issues related to your current work.
  • Provide practical solutions and to current problems.
  • Serve as an authority and leader in your profession.
  • Promote positive change in your industry.

Professional Doctorates help to carve a specific career path depending on the degree, for example, candidates can gain advanced knowledge in the fields of curriculum and instruction, education, educational administration and leadership, educational psychology, special education, teaching. In many cases, a professional Doctorate holder will qualify for certain leadership roles within their industry after completing their study.


  • It serves as an endorsement to the fact that one is keen on pursuing the highest professional excellence of learning and development in a specialized field of work / career.
  • It serves to increase the professional expertise in the workplace
  • It provides increased sense of confidence in a specialized field of work / career.
  • It focuses on enhancing one’s specific job-related skills and competencies.
  • It positions one to be strategically placed in the job market by creating his/her own unique competitive advantage.
  • It is a futuristic qualification that the world has never seen before, but is definitely moving toward. As such, this would keep you one step ahead of your contemporaries with such a groundbreaking qualification
  • It is THE most sensible alternative answer and substitute to the kind of sub-standard quality of graduates that are being churned out massively year after year by large traditional universities, worldwide.
  • It would be indicative that one is progressive in his/her approach to personal and professional development and career advancement.
  • It puts one a few steps ahead of others in terms of job market positioning and personal-professional drive and satisfaction.
  • It is the qualification of the future – guaranteeing one a much better career prospects in the ultra modern era of human evolution.

Who Should take PDC?

Who are Professional Doctorates suited for?

Professional Doctorates are designed for aspirants from the public, private and third sectors. Doctorate candidates are often seasoned professionals with lot of experience in their field. With a professional Doctorate they can advance in their careers and move to senior leadership positions where they have expertise over their area of expertise.

As such, a professional Doctorate degree will be beneficial to someone who is interested in applying their knowledge into practice in working environments such as a company, training institution or service.

Is a Professional Doctorate internationally recognised?

A professional Doctorate degree obtained is recognized as an international qualification by most countries; as a result, many Asian, EU and international students choose to undertake this Doctorate. While most global employers recognize a professional Doctorate obtained, you should ensure that this is the case in your home or destination country if you wish to work abroad. PDC is conferred directly by European International University, Paris.

What is involved?

What does a Professional Doctorate comprise?

An important difference in the format of professional Doctorate is that there is no need for increased subject-specific training as you are already a subject matter expert with your years of experience.

EBC’s professional Doctorate involves four stages:

  1. Stage 1: Complete the Point Based Application form to check your eligibility
  2. Stage 2: Complete Study of “Introduction to Research” *
  3. Stage 3: Complete a Research paper of 10,000 words
  4. Stage 4: A live online defense in front of a panel

*Through the modules, you will become familiar with the theoretical problems relevant to your professional field and reflect on how you can integrate these into your own research project.

During a Doctorate program, a student need to focus on:

  1. Assessing the current state of knowledge in their field
  2. Evaluating a real-world problem facing their industry
  3. Understanding various research methods
  4. Designing and conducting a research study
  5. Expanding the body of industry knowledge through their research findings.

Programs & Admission

These are professional Doctorate Programs Available:

  • Professional Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Professional Doctorate in Education
  • Professional Doctorate in Education Administration & Leadership
  • Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology
  • Professional Doctorate in Special Education
  • Professional Doctorate in Teaching

Every adult learner’s background and profile are different, and we address cases individually. Contact us to solve your queries directly and get ready to apply for admission. Please note that EBC does not provide visa and immigration services, because all our distance learning degree programs can be completed at home.

Credits for PDC

  • Conducting Accurate Internet Research (Coursework) - 15 ECTS
  • Introduction to Research (Coursework) - 15 ECTS
  • Dissertation (10,000 words research) - 30 ECTS
  • Viva Voce (Thesis) - 30 ECTS
  • Total - 90 ECTS

Admission to the Professional Doctorate Certificate is open to students from all disciplines.

  • Recognised Bachelor Degree or Master’s Degree in any field or equivalent level
  • Life Experience 10 Years +
  • English Level – IELTS Level 6.0 or equivalent


Here we present different payment options available. Payments can be made via Online Bank Transfer, Credit Card, PayPal or Cash at our Global Centres.

Total fee

  • 2750 USD – If Paying from USA or paying in USD
  • 2400 GBP – If Paying from UK or EU
  • 93,000 Thai Baht – If Paying in Asia
  • 227,000 INR– If Paying in India

Fees include all: Tax, Program of study, LMS access, Study guide, Evaluation and Assessment, Diploma, Courier charges apply for Degree dispatch to your country. Certificate Notary and Apostille charges are separate from Paris. PDC is conferred by the European International University, (EIU-Paris). There is a bench fee applicable for each extension you request to complete the PDC program after 36 months.

Refund Policy

Once students register for a course, they are responsible for dropping any course they decide not to attend.

  • Once you have enrolled in the program and you wish to immediately pull out and before any access has been granted - 50% of the tuition fee will be refunded
  • No refund for students who have received course access and have already started off with the program from EBC
  • Read all Terms and Conditions before making payments
  • Processing of refunds make take up to 3 months

Awarding Body

The European International University (EIU) – Paris is a private, independent higher education provider and has been successfully incorporated in Paris, France, (Registration at RCS No.: 839 980 851 R.C.S. Paris on 29 May 2018). EIU – Paris offers higher education programs that are different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which falls under the French Public Higher Education sector. All programs and services provided by EIU are internationally benchmarked through the audit and quality assurance processes, carried out by both the Ministry of Higher Education, France, as well as ASIC, U.K., on a regular basis.

The European International University (EIU) – Paris, is a private higher education establishment authorized by the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, in accordance to and in compliance with the French Education Act: Code de l’Education Articles L 444-1 to 444-11 and R 444-1 to 444-28.

The European International University (EIU-Paris) is duly authorized as a Professional Training service provider in accordance to Article R.6351-6 of the French Employment Code, under the registration number: 11755784775, with the prefecture of the region of ILE-DE-FRANCE.

Through the academic affiliation arrangement between East Bridge College and The European International University, EIU-Paris all EBC programs are validated by The European International University, EIU-Paris. Hence by means of program validation and certification, EBC students who successfully complete their programs receive relevant degrees from EIU-Paris.

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Disclaimer: EBC Professional Doctorate Certificate programmes are coursework based and are DIFFERENT from that offered by EIU-Paris PDC, which is an Honorary Type Awards programme.

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