EdD Program Strands
- Leadership in Adult and Higher Education: Preparation for roles in higher education administration, teaching at the community college or university level, or as learning leaders in corporate, non-profit and governmental organizations
- Leadership in Educational Administration: Preparation for roles as superintendents or other K–12 high-level positions
- Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction: Preparation for work in district K-12 curriculum leadership or as instructors of pre-service teaching
In all of the strands, the doctoral program features a regular schedule of evening and Saturday classes, allowing students to balance work commitments. The program is designed to be completed in three years; however, you may take up to six years to earn the degree.
The EdD program aims to develop better practitioners through melding theory, academic study and practice in course readings, assignments and dissertations. You will receive a strong grounding in research and inquiry, and may choose to specialize in quantitative and qualitative methods or pursue a mixture of the two approaches. You will begin dissertation work in your second-term research class and receive robust support throughout the dissertation process.
Read more about how our EdD program is preparing graduates for leadership positions in area school districts.
EdD teacher candidates must complete 60 semester hours (beyond the master’s degree), including:
- 42 hours of coursework
- Six hours divided between a choice of directed study, advanced research and internship
- 12 hours of dissertation
After two years of coursework, students take a research-oriented comprehensive examination, involving three issues that face the education profession. Doctoral candidates must complete the program requirements between three years (minimum) and six years (maximum) from the date of enrollment in the program.
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