Ed.D. Programs

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:

  1. Recognizing and valuing multiple perspectives;
  2. Using theory and research to frame, diagnose, and respond to problems of practice;
  3. Developing a professional knowledge base that integrates practical and research knowledge;
  4. Conducting research to guide improvement and inform policy, programs, and practice;
  5. Identifying instances and patterns of discrimination and inequality and advocating for social justice; and
  6. Communicating and collaborating to build partnerships within and across communities.
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 5:40 during fall and spring semesters.
The Education Doctorate is offered with the following concentrations:
Learn more about the Education Doctorate by visiting these pages:


For more information about the Education Doctorate, contact: edd.program@gse.rutgers.edu.

Ed.D. Programs

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