Goals of the Program

  • Introduce students to the methodologies of critical analysis of educational theories and practices
  • Engage students in disciplined inquiry in the field of education
  • Prepare students for making contributions to educational theory and practice
  • Prepare students to become leaders and change agents in diverse educational settings

Program Characteristics

  • Access to faculty in varying disciplines
  • Applied practice in community research via an internship
  • Research assistantship opportunities
  • Cohort structure

Program Concentrations

*The Dual Ed.S./Ed.D. degree track is only offered with Educational Administration or Higher Education Administration.

Curriculum Overview

The doctoral degree has a minimum 60 credit hour requirement. The core curriculum is 36 credit hours. Additionally, the program requires 12-15 elective credit hours, 3-6 internship credit hours, and 6-9 dissertation credit hours. 48 hours of coursework must be at the 6000 or 7000 level.

For students entering the program with an Ed.S., up to 30 credit hours may be waived toward the doctoral required 60 credit course hours. For students entering with a Master’s degree, the full 60 credit hours are required. More information regarding the Ed.S can be found in the Program Concentrations sections.