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Educational Theory and Practice

The doctoral program in Educational Theory and Practice (EdD) is designed for experienced educators seeking to integrate theory, knowledge, research and practice to increase understanding and improve teaching and learning in early childhood, elementary, secondary and postsecondary educational settings and related fields.

The program's primary emphasis is on providing a "broadening" experience, rather than the more narrow emphases of many other doctoral programs. Within this broadened perspective, specialized study occurs through assignments in core courses, a flexible electives requirement, independent study and dissertation research.

Graduates of this program have gone on to notable positions, such as assistant professorships at Weber State University, Cazenovia College, Georgia College, SUNY Plattsburgh, and more. 

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • EdD in Educational Theory and Practice

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
EdD February 1 n/a

Educational Theory and Practice Fact SheetEducational Theory and Practice Fact Sheet (PDF)

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

Submit the following application materials. Please see the department website for details and any additional requirements.

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • At least two letters of recommendation
    • The online graduate degree application will allow applicants to submit two letters of recommendation.
    • Additional letters should be e-mailed to by the recommender. The recommender should include "Letter of Recommendation - [Student's Name]" in the subject line and include the applicant's full name, date of birth, and program of interest in the body of the e-mail. 
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Jeannette Lowell, Secretary
Dr. Pamela Sandoval, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Doctoral Program in Educational Theory and Practice webpage

EdD Educational Theory and Practice application information

Graduate School of Education website

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Last Updated: 1/29/15