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Program Overview

The Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies is a research-based doctoral program designed to prepare you for a leadership role in public and private schools, from kindergarten through high school and colleges and universities. The Doctor of Education is the highest degree focusing on the practice of education.

The Ed.D. program has a distinct purpose: to prepare educational leaders in transforming learning communities; to create lasting school reform; to provide effective oversight of fiscal operations; to infuse new technologies into curricula; to empower teachers to collaborate and develop new ideas for excellence; to inspire lifelong learning among students and adults; to create standards for continuous improvement of diverse schools and communities; and to advance and produce research that contributes to the understanding of the complex process of education.

The 51-credit program is uniquely structured from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is founded on the belief that critical issues in education can most fruitfully be explored using multiple points of view and methods: historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, legal, financial, governmental, administrative, ethical and cultural. This approach provides a rich environment in which theory and its practical applications are rigorously studied, scrutinized and analyzed through an understanding of the interactions between and among multiple fields and paradigms.

The Ed.D. program enables the graduate to:

  • Pursue careers as superintendents, principals, senior-level administrators, curriculum developers, policy analysts, and educational consultants
  • Work in a wide variety of settings, such as public and non-public schools, state departments of education, national and state professional organizations, special education service units and private corporations
  • Become professors and researchers in colleges and universities

Qualities That Set Our Program Apart

  • Students enter the doctoral program as members of cohorts and take their courses together with other members of their doctoral cohort throughout the 51 credits of instruction. The cohort plan allows for students to develop strong connections with other educators who are developing skills as educational leaders.
  • A carefully designed curriculum equips you with the knowledge to think across paradigms, applying multi-method and interdisciplinary research perspectives in seeking answers to critical questions in education

Important Dates:

Applications Accepted Beginning November 1, 2014
Deadline Fall Admission Only: May 1, 2015
Classes Begin September 2015