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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Program Design

The Ed.D. program contains three major phases: coursework, comprehensive exams/papers, and dissertation research. The program requires completion of 72 credits, all of which must be completed at PSU after admission to the doctoral program. Sometime during their program, students must complete a "residency" requirement of three consecutive terms of full-time (9 credit hours) graduate study. This requirement may include summer term and research or other independent study coursework.


  1. Leadership Core: 28 credits (completed as a cohort during the first two years)
  2. Specialization courses: 26 credits (may include field work and/or independent study)

Comprehensive Exams/Papers

  1. Doctoral Core Exampdf icon

Dissertation Research

  1. Dissertation Proposal
  2. Research and Data Collection
  3. Analysis and Writing
  4. Oral Presentation of Dissertation
  5. Manuscript Completion