The Ed.D. program, which requires a minimum of three full years plus one additional summer term, includes an 18-credit core required of all students, 30 credits of inquiry seminars (16 credits of courses plus 14 additional credits for the dissertation and dissemination capstone), and a 15-credit specialization.
The foundational core emphasizes pedagogy, individual and organizational learning, and leadership. Core courses are offered during the two summer residences and the first academic year.
The inquiry sequence includes research courses, field-based inquiry projects, and a series of seminars designed to (1) help students understand the processes of inquiry and (2) support development and completion of the dissertation under the direction of a faculty advisor. The final course in the inquiry and dissertation sequence addresses dissemination of the student’s dissertation research to scholarly and practitioner audiences.
Students enroll in an inquiry seminar or dissertation seminar each semester of their doctoral studies. Courses in the specialization are tailored to the needs of each student and are usually completed during the first two academic years and the third summer. Most students complete their Leadership Portfolios, which must be defended before presenting the dissertation proposal, during spring of their second year or in the third summer of study.
Two specializations are offered: Administrative Leadership and Curriculum and Literacy. The specialization requirement may be waived for students who have a minimum of 15 credits of post-master’s study and hold 092, 093, and/or 097 certificates. In addition, courses appropriate to the specialization may be transferred from accredited colleges and universities so long as all courses comply with Graduate School course transfer policies.
Sequence of Study
| ||Foundational Core |
|Inquiry Seminars & Dissertation |
|First Summer Residency||EDF 700 (3 credits)|
EDL 705 (4 credits)
EDT 700 (1 credit)
| ||EDL 710 (2 credits)|
|First Academic Year|| ||6 hours as needed|| |
|Fall||EDL 705 (1 credit)|| ||EDL 711 (3 credits)|
|Spring||EDL 705 (1 credit)|| ||EDL 712 (3 credits)|
|Second Summer Residency||EDL 701 (3 credits)|
EDL 702 (3 credits)
EDT 700 (2 credits)
| ||EDL 713 (2 credits)|
|Second Academic Year|| ||7 hours as needed|| |
|Fall|| || ||EDL 714 (3 credits)|
|Spring|| || ||EDL 715 (3 credits)|
|Third Summer|| ||2 hours as needed||EDL 716 (2 credits)|
|Third Academic Year|| || || |
|Fall|| || ||EDL 717 (5 credits)|
|Spring|| || ||EDL 718 (5 credits)|
|Fourth Summer|| || ||EDL 720 (2 credits)|
|Fourth Academic Year & beyond|
(Only if additional terms are needed
to complete the dissertation.)
| || EDL 719 |
(1 credit each term will be required until dissertation is defended.)
To read the Graduate Catalog description of the Ed.D. program and to learn more about available specializations, link to Ed.D. Catalog Description.
For titles and course descriptions, link to EDL courses, EDF 700, and EDT 700.
For more information about assessment and dissertation requirements, link to the Assessment and Dissertation Handbook.