Ed.D. Concentration in Education, Culture, and Society

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Education, Culture, and Society
  • Foundations of Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


The concentration in Education, Culture, and Society within the Ed.D. in Education is designed for school and higher education leaders, reformers, policymakers, and teachers who are interested in learning to understand and use theories and research methods to meet the challenges of practice, particularly those related to equity and social justice in education.

Coursework is focused on preparing students to become agents of educational change and improvement through consideration of issues of equity, race, social class, gender, social justice, community relations, and globalization.

This concentration allows students to develop theoretical frameworks and perspectives critical to grappling with issues of social justice and equity in educative settings and processes. Students will gain common knowledge and form a supportive network of scholarly practitioners concerned with similar issues.

The concentration courses allow students to shape a specialization in a particular area or set of areas to meet their own practical and intellectual goals. The research methods build on the knowledge of inquiry methods begun in the common core and allow students to gain special expertise with particular modes of intellectual inquiry.


All applications must be completed online through the university’s Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Applications are due by January 15 for summer admission.

Program Requirements

The Ed.D. in Education requires 72 credits of coursework, consisting of 24 credits of core study, 24 credits in the concentration, and 24 credits in the dissertation. Students in the Education, Culture, and Society concentration are required to take 3 credits in the common core, 9 credits in research methods, and 12 credits from specialization courses in consultation with an adviser. Most students will participate in a cohort program and complete their work in just over three years.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

The Ed.D. student handbook can be found here.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Cheryl A. McLean.