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The Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies curriculum is distinguished by its broad approach to school reform and by its topical focus on the study of theory, research, practice and issues affecting the Pre-k – 16 continuum. The program gives considerable attention to the large problems and research questions that impact education. Interdisciplinary issues that will be woven throughout the doctoral curriculum are organized in the following categories:

  • Child-Centered Education (i.e., developmental psychology, adolescent psychology educational psychology, special education, reading, gifted children, etc.)
  • Reform and Transformation in Education (i.e., change theory, educational philosophy, educational policy, organization theory and development, educational technology, etc.)
  • The Cultures of Pre-kindergarten - 16 Education (i.e., community values and education, cultural pluralism, organizational values and traditions, gender issues, etc.)
  • Pedagogical Innovations (i.e., curriculum development, alternative assessment, educational technology, learning theory, distance education, etc.)
  • Educational Leadership in Pre-k - 16 or Higher Education Systems (i.e., organizational theory and behavior, systems theory, leadership, educational administration, collegiate preparation etc.)
  • Educational Policy Studies (i.e., the “standards” movement, educational finance, special education, accreditation and regulation, access to education, etc.)

Students in the program are immediately immersed in developing broad approaches to the study of educational issues, working with the ideas contained in a number of reform models. The goal is for students to continue to broaden and deepen their perspectives regarding the key issues that they have chosen to examine through lectures, seminar discussions, papers and research.