Doctorate (Ed.D)

This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree.The Graduate Record Examination is required in the doctoral intensive study areas of Community Health Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, and Rehabilitation Studies. The doctoral intensive study areas in Leisure, Youth and Human Services and Special Education do not require the GRE but do require a written statement from each applicant as part of the total application packet.

There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of six intensive study areas (ISAs) and a related area; and a dissertation of 7 semester hours.

By design, then, all students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The four areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The four intensive study areas are: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Leisure, Youth and Human Services, and Special Education. (In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.)


On March 23rd, COE faculty involved in the Ed.D. program joined together for an all day retreat to re-evaluate the program. Dr. David Imig, head of the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate, served as the keynote. He shared the project's work and provided faculty with useful ideas for new directions. His presentation can be found here. A panel of Ed.D. graduates offered their reflections on the program. In between, multiple aspects of the program were examined with the intent of have re-evaluation plans and documents in place for the next curriculum cycle.