Educational Theory, Research and Practice (EdD)

The Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership at Binghamton University offers an EdD program that integrates theory, research and practice to increase understanding of and improve teaching and learning within the broader institutional, social, organizational and political context of early childhood, elementary, secondary and postsecondary educational settings and related fields.

The program emphasizes a broadening experience, where students gain breadth and depth through the required core and research courses, careful planning of electives and learning alongside a cohort of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The intent is to foster constructive and insightful discourse across professional areas and research interests.

The doctoral program is designed with both collective and individualized elements. All students will take core courses that emphasize theories and research methods used in addressing meaningful educational and social issues. These courses have both applied and theoretical contributions for addressing complex and multilayered problems. In these classes, students will be encouraged to refine their own research questions through the integration of theories and methods across disciplines and professional fields.

The doctoral program has three core learning areas:

  1. Educational Theory and Practice
  2. Ethics, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education
  3. Research and Scholarship in Education

Detailed information about the doctoral program can be found in the EdD Doctoral Student Handbook.

Program requirements

The requirements for the EdD in Educational Theory, Research and Practice include:

Coursework

Students will work closely with their program advisors to develop an individualized plan of
study that includes required core courses in education, core research courses, and elective
courses for a minimum of 36 post-masters credits. Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination is a major milestone in doctoral education; it marks the
shift from doctoral student to doctoral candidate, demonstrating that students have
acquired specialized knowledge in educational theory, research and practice, and
have developed the expertise necessary to undertake advanced-level dissertation work.
The comprehensive examination will take place only after students complete all of their
coursework. Upon successfully passing the comprehensive examination, students are
officially advanced to doctoral candidacy.  

Dissertation

Once advanced to candidacy, students demonstrate their skill and ability as scholars
through successfully completing the requirements for the dissertation. In consultation
with the dissertation chair and committee, doctoral candidates will determine the
dissertation format (i.e., Traditional or Multiple Article) that best aligns with their
research and career goals.

Required courses

In addition to the following required courses, students are required to complete a minimum
of five elective courses. One of the elective courses must be an advanced research course. Students work with their advisors to determine their elective courses and develop programs of study.  

Education Core Courses

Research Courses

Inquiries

For questions about Binghamton University's Doctorate in Education - Educational Theory, Research and Practice, contact Marla Mallette, program coordinator.

Apply

To apply to this program, visit our Admissions page.