EdD: Creativity and Generative Design in Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Practice

Innovative education... Engaged educators

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The program of study for those in the Creativity and Generative Design Learning Community will nurture professional creativity towards revolutionizing the systems, structure, and cultures that form our current educational landscape. The emphasis will be on utilizing the wisdom of the learning sciences and art and design to develop thoughtful and intentional educational leaders who seek to explore and create innovative solutions to existing educational challenges.

Central to the program of study is a focus on the processes and structures leading to the design, prototyping, and testing of various models that create, re-design or radically alter the ways we construct learning environments, whether they are in schools, in communities, in hospitals, in government or corporations.

Faculty mentors invite individuals with diverse experiences across a broad array of disciplines to apply. We anticipate that applicants will hold master’s degrees in their respective fields and come from formal and informal educational settings, including those from the private sector who are interested in generating innovative educational products and programs. EDpreneurs, those working on ‘maker-space initiatives,’ teachers leading the InnoLab expansion in schools, museum curators, librarians, K-12 STEM/STEAM teachers, principals, coaches, social workers, municipal government managers – and anyone working in an area where they are responsible for designing learning environments for others – are invited to apply!

For more information about the topic of this community, click on the Key Faculty tab below. For information about applying, contact the program director.

Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD)

Program Contact:

Ralph Córdova

306 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 621-3784

 Students seeking the Ed.D. degree are expected to meet the Graduate School’s relevant practitioner doctoral degree requirements and procedures.

Degree requirements

1. Learning Community of Practice Seminars15-20
EDUC 7600
Learning Community of Practice I
EDUC 7610
Learning Community of Practice II
EDUC 7620
Learning Community of Practice III
EDUC 7630
Learning Community of Practice IV
EDUC 7640
Learning Community of Practice V
EDUC 7650
Learning Community of Practice VI
2. Laboratory of Practice
EDUC 7889
Laboratory of Practice
3. Common Courses8
EDUC 7605
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Educational Practice
EDUC 7615
Evaluation of Educational Programs
EDUC 7625
Building Socially Just Educational Communities
EDUC 7635
Ethical and Legal Issues in Educational Practice
4. Inquiry Approach Electives, minimum 4 hours selected from the following:4
EDUC 7205
Action Research for Educational Practitioners
EDUC 7210
Survey Design for Educational Practitioners
EDUC 7215
Data Analysis for Educational Practitioner
EDUC 7220
Designing Research for Educational Practitioners
EDUC 7225
Ethnography for Educational Practitioners
EDUC 7230
Interviewing for Educational Practitioners
EDUC 7295
Inquiry Seminar for Educational Practitioners
5. Tool Course Electives, minimum 4 hours selected from the following:4
EDUC 7305Representing Data for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7310Integrating Technology in Learning for Educational1
EDUC 7315Project Management for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7320Financial and Budgeting Skills for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7325Grant Writing for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7330Human Relations Skills for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7395Tool Seminar for Educational Practitioners1
6. Specialization30-60
Courses in an area of specialization (can include Master’s or Education Specialist work)
7. Dissertation in Practice8

 Total: minimum 80 hours, post-bacclaureate

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Ralph Córdova, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Ralph A. Córdova Jr. is an educational ethnographer and researcher. He “grew up teaching” as teacher-researcher in elementary bilingual Spanish/English settings in Santa Barbara, CA. During these early years, he collaborated long-term with Drs. Judith Green, Carol Dixon, Be...
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Phyllis Balcerzak,
Senior Program Producer

Phyllis Balcerzak, Ph.D., is a Program Producer in the College of Education where she works with teams to explore, design, and build innovative programming for K-20 students and educators. Balcerzak joined the UMSL-COE in 2015 after retiring from Washington University where she was a clinical a...
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Kathleen Fink, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Professional Learning & Innovation

Dr. Kathleen T. Fink brings her expertise leading in urban school systems and higher education venues to the College of Education. The breadth and depth of Dr. Fink's professional experience informs the mission of the College. A hallmark of Dr. Fink’s work is leading positive transformatio...
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Carl Hoagland, Ed.D.
Emerson Electric Company Endowed Professor in Technology and Learning

Carl Hoagland is the Emerson Electric Endowed Professor of Technology and Learning and the Director of the E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center. He previously served as the Executive Director of The Regional Consortium for Education and Technology, a technology center that served over 30 ...
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E. Wendy Saul, Ph.D.
Dr. Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Endowed Professor for Education

E. Wendy Saul serves as the Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Endowed Professor of Education and International Studies in Collaboration with Springboard to Learning. As an UMSL faculty member she teaches graduate courses in teacher research and literacy. To support Springboard she works with the organ...
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Ann Taylor, Ph.D.
Interim Dean

Ann received her bachelor’s degree from Nottingham University, UK (Geography), her master’s from the University of Sheffield, UK (Education), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from West Midlands College of Higher Education in Walsall, UK, (Geography and Chemistry) and a Ph.D. from...