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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Program Philosophy, Goals and Features


We provide a learning environment where knowledge is continually created through individual and collective effort. The program seeks to balance concept acquisition, critical reflection, engagement with social justice and skill development within a supportive and challenging educational framework. This perspective is derived directly from our Graduate School of Education Guiding Principles and the Doctoral Program's educational beliefs. Our philosophy reflects our core and specialization coursework and is demonstrated in a cohort learning environment.

Program goals and features

  • Cohort-based and individual flexibility
  • Four specializations within one integrated doctoral program: Educational Administration; Curriculum and Instruction; Postsecondary; and Special Education
  • Common core curriculum encompassing a wide range of perspectives
  • Educational leadership as a concept and developmental role is broadly construed
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusiveness are central features of content and process
  • Faculty across the GSE teach and advise in the program