Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

 Students seeking the Ed.D. degree are expected to meet the Graduate School’s relevant practitioner doctoral degree requirements and procedures.

Degree requirements

1. Learning Community of Practice Seminars15-20
Learning Community of Practice I
Learning Community of Practice II
Learning Community of Practice III
Learning Community of Practice IV
Learning Community of Practice V
Learning Community of Practice VI
2. Laboratory of Practice
Laboratory of Practice
3. Common Courses8
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Educational Practice
Evaluation of Educational Programs
Building Socially Just Educational Communities
Ethical and Legal Issues in Educational Practice
4. Inquiry Approach Electives, minimum 4 hours selected from the following:4
Action Research for Educational Practitioners
Survey Design for Educational Practitioners
Data Analysis for Educational Practitioner
Designing Research for Educational Practitioners
Ethnography for Educational Practitioners
Interviewing for Educational Practitioners
Inquiry Seminar for Educational Practitioners
5. Tool Course Electives, minimum 4 hours selected from the following:4
EDUC 7305Representing Data for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7310Integrating Technology in Learning for Educational1
EDUC 7315Project Management for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7320Financial and Budgeting Skills for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7325Grant Writing for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7330Human Relations Skills for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7395Tool Seminar for Educational Practitioners1
6. Specialization30-60
Courses in an area of specialization (can include Master’s or Education Specialist work)
7. Dissertation in Practice8

 Total: minimum 80 hours, post-bacclaureate

The Ed.D. in Educational Practice is designed for graduates to attain the following learning outcomes, based on the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate-inspired principles for the professional practice doctorate in Education:

  • Constructs and applies knowledge to make a positive difference in educational environments
  • Demonstrates collaboration and communication skills in working with diverse communities and in building partnerships
  • Possesses a professional knowledge base that integrates practical and research knowledge
  • Links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry
  • Generates, transforms, and uses professional knowledge and practice
  • Understands the value and function of building a community of practice
  • Generates solutions to complex problems of practice that are equitable, ethical and socially just