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Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership

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

Research courses

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 Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership (i.e., courses numbered 600 and above) and/or graduate-level courses in other departments (i.e., courses numbered 500 and above). 


Last Updated: 12/22/17