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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Coursework

The leadership core (28 credits) is a common curriculum completed by all students as a cohort during their first two years in the doctoral program. Class scheduling is designed to accommodate the working professional. The first year core classes engage students in developing personal perspectives on, and skills in, leadership for change. The second year focuses on understanding and developing research skills that inform personal perspectives and influences change.

Year 1 (16 credits)

  • ED 620 Doctoral Studies Proseminar (fall, winter, spring)
  • ED 630 Principles and Practices of Learning (fall)
  • ED 640 Organizational Leadership Theory and Research in Education (winter)
  • ED 650 Educational Policy and Politics (spring)

Year 2 (12 credits)

  • ED 660 Foundations of Research Paradigms & Methods (fall)
  • ED 661 Qualitative Research in Education (winter)
  • ED 662 Quantitative Research in Education (spring)

Course descriptionspdf icon for the above core courses.

Specialty courses (26 credits) may include traditional coursework, independent study, and field work. Dissertation (18 credits minimum) is the capstone experience of the program, in which the student examines a problem that is significant to the field.