Doctor of Education
(EdD) in Curriculum
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EdD in Curriculum and Teaching
Just as teachers are now in greater demand than ever before, educational leaders are needed to manage and assist schools, school districts, state educational boards, and institutes of higher learning as they work to improve their instructional capabilities. The Doctor of Education program (EdD) uses an applied, project-based approach to prepare professionals who seek to lead improvements in the strategy, practice, policy, and outcomes of educational practice. EdD research focuses on solving a problem in the workplace or in the professional field of education.
The Curriculum and Teaching specialization builds on your fundamental teaching and learning skills by providing the knowledge and professional competencies to enhance your instructional practice and leadership. The coursework provides a foundational understanding of research methods, statistics, and data analysis, while the specialty studies allow you to explore, develop, and assess contemporary teaching practices, including the evaluation of broader curriculum programs.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
A conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution or an international institution determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation service. Examples of acceptable doctoral degrees include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Education (EdD).
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the EdD program, applicants to the Nursing Education specialization must provide a copy of the following:
- A valid and active RN license from the United States
- A master’s degree in nursing (MSN)
In addition to the foundational and specialization courses, each doctoral student is required to complete a high-quality dissertation through a systematic process assisted by faculty. An EdD dissertation is a scholarly documentation of research that makes an original contribution to the field of educational study. The step-by-step process requires care in choosing a topic, documenting its importance, planning the methodology, and conducting the research. These activities lead smoothly into the writing and oral presentation of your dissertation.
Courses and Sequence
The EdD program requires 48 credits for degree completion. Students who choose the Nursing Education specialization must take two additional courses for a total of 54 credit hours. All foundation competency courses, specialization courses, and method coursework must be completed before beginning the Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment course (CMP-9601E).
Upon successful completion of the comprehensive assessment, you’ll become an official doctoral candidate and may move onward to the sequential dissertation coursework. Additional credit hours may be allowed as needed to complete your dissertation research. If granted, additional courses will be added to your degree program in alignment with the SAP and Academic Maximum Time to Completion policies. The estimated time needed to complete this program is 33 months.
The Doctor of Education (EdD) program develops your abilities to lead improvements in practice within educational organizations. EdD learning outcomes include the ability to:
- Recommend policies advancing equity and social justice in educational organizations
- Select ethical and regulatory compliant actions supporting the mission and vision of organizations
- Develop leadership skills through the integration of theoretical constructs with professional practice
- Create strategic and tactical plans to improve organizations
- Construct theory-informed decisions for addressing complex problems of practice
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