Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) | Graduate School of Education

Education Doctorate (Ed.D.)

The Ed.D. degree helps future and current leaders develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to solve problems of practice and improve instructional quality. Graduates will learn to be change agents who improve the lives of students and their families and communities. The program is specifically designed for working professionals, providing a sequence of coursework and hands-on leadership experiences along with individualized mentoring. Students learn how to:

  • work with instructional staff to enact improvements;
  • diagnose, frame, and address organizational and practice problems;
  • create networks and community partnerships to enact policy;
  • analyze data and draw implications for programs, policy, and practice;
  • hone their pedagogical skills to lead instructional improvements at the classroom and local levels; and
  • advocate on behalf of their educational community.
Designed with full-time working professionals in mind, the program is designed to be completed in three years plus one summer.  Alternatively, a five year timeline is possible.  A typical schedule for either plan can be found here.  Classes generally begin at 5 pm during summer semesters and at 4:50 during fall and spring semesters.
The Education Doctorate is offered with the following concentrations:
Math Education Specialization:
The Ed.D. program in Mathematics Education has closed to new applicants; however, those students currently matriculated in that program will be able to finish per that program's requirements, which can be found here.  Prospective students interested in doctoral study in mathematics education that is practitioner-oriented have options to focus on math education within two of the concentrations of the Ed.D., Design of Learning Environments and Teacher Leadership.  Prospective students wishing to pursue a more research-oriented doctorate have options for study within the Ph.D. program that include three levels of focus (elementary, secondary and tertiary), each with different mathematics prerequisites and requirements.   Inquiries to learn more about doctoral program options for focusing on mathematics education may be directed to Dr. Marjory Palius.
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