Graduate School of Education

Degree Requirements

EdD in Educational Theory and Practice

The requirements for the EdD in Educational Theory and Practice include four core education courses, three research courses and five elective courses. Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors to select electives that will support their research programs and career trajectories. In addition to maintaining a 3.0 grade point average in all courses that count toward credit for the EDUC doctoral degree, students are required to:

  • Pass a comprehensive examination (portfolio) that occurs when all coursework is completed and before the dissertation proposal. Students must successfully pass the comprehensive examination in order to proceed to dissertation. See portfolio process description.
  • Complete a traditional or three-paper dissertation that establishes students as independent scholars in their area of expertise. In addition to the traditional format, alternatively, the dissertation may include chapters that are a series of publishable papers or published journal articles. Details about the dissertation options are provided in the dissertation section.

Education Core Courses

  • EDUC 601. Contemporary Philosophical and Social Issues in Education 
  • EDUC 602. Curriculum Theories, Designs and Evaluation 
  • EDUC 603. Theories of Learning and Instructional Design 
  • EDUC 604. Integrative Doctoral Seminar on Reflective Practice

Research Courses

  • EDUC 620. The Research Process in Education
  • EDUC 621. Seminar on Quantitative Research (prerequisite: EDUC 620) 
  • EDUC 622. Seminar on Qualitative Research (prerequisite: EDUC 620)

Elective Courses

Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 credits of elective courses. In consultation with the student’s advisor, these requirements may be fulfilled by any combination of doctoral courses in the Graduate School of Education (i.e., courses numbered 600 and above) and/or graduate-level courses in other departments (i.e., courses numbered 500 and above). 

Education Course Description

For descriptions of doctoral courses in the Graduate School of Education, see Course Descriptions.

Last Updated: 3/1/17