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The successful graduate program partnership is expanding into doctorate degrees

April 8, 2019


Noodle Partners, the nation’s fastest-growing online program manager (OPM), announced today that it will be launching its first-ever online doctorate program, The EdD in Education Policy and Leadership, with American University School of Education. Set to launch this Fall, the EdD will be the only practice-oriented doctoral program on campus, aligning with both the School of Education’s mission and vision as well as the University’s strategic goal of increasing lifelong learning.

Students in the EdD program will learn the policy, leadership, and research skills necessary to serve in senior positions in school district central offices, independent schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and more. Completion of the program requires students to write a dissertation.

“In order to make meaningful improvement in the quality of education, education leaders need to be prepared to be systemic change agents, ready to create impact,” School of Education Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy said. “Our EdD program is designed for educators, who are ready to take their careers to the next level.”

The partnership between American University and Noodle Partners began in February 2017 with two masters programs. Since 2017, the School of Education has more than doubled enrollment and will be graduating their first cohort this coming spring.

“American has consistently been a wonderful partner, and we couldn’t be more excited to help expand their online presence,” Noodle Partners CEO John Katzman said. “Offering an EdD degree focused on Education Policy and Leadership gives education leaders the opportunity to be not only dynamic, but also trained to focus on impact, systems, and policy-making.”

For enrollment inquiries please visit: or email soeonline(at)american(dot)edu.

About American University’s School of Education
AU’s School of Education is committed to producing graduates with the skills and knowledge to create equitable and excellent learning environments for all students. AU faculty, including researchers and distinguished scholars, produce cutting-edge research, lead innovative partnerships and outreach, develop relevant and evidence-based coursework, and effect positive change in the most vulnerable communities, nationally and globally. Our graduates are ready for today’s real-world education careers, with 100 percent of master’s students from the on-campus programs employed six months after graduation. Graduates secure employment with school districts, charter schools, and organizations such as Teach for America, U. S. Department of Education, and The Smithsonian Institution. American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 130 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

About Noodle Partners
Founded by a team of education and technology veterans, Noodle Partners creates innovative online and hybrid programs while improving traditional classroom models. Noodle Partners has the capability to work with universities on every aspect of building a certificate or degree program that they choose—marketing, student recruitment, enrollment, curriculum design, student engagement, support services, graduate placement, and alumni engagement—and provides a high level of fit and finish. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Noodle_Partners or LinkedIn.

Media Contact:
Noodle Partners
Alyssa Miller

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