EdD: Global Education and Leadership
Doctor of Education in Educational Practice

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Connecting the Global and the Local: Develop Knowledge and Approaches for Educational and Community Leadership

The Global Education and Leadership Learning Community will examine the interconnectedness of global systems and the implications for community and school-based educational programs, including cross-cultural communication and policy analysis. Through interdisciplinary and experiential coursework, students will enhance their global competence—that is, knowledge of global issues, ability to see from multiple perspectives when analyzing issues, and capacity to research and act on issues of global significance.

This learning community will begin from the premise that there are many kinds of knowledge in all societies and multiple ways to frame cultural, political, social, and economic systems within societies. Rather than viewing global competence as a body of facts and figures, students will interrogate the pressing issues facing humanity and how these issues impact their professional settings; and, through course experiences, students will articulate questions and develop approaches to understand and address such issues from multiple perspectives. Students will develop knowledge and approaches to serve as leaders at the local and international level in P-16 schools; free-choice education settings; or not for profit associations/NGOs.

The framework for the three years of the program is such that experiences will scaffold as follows: Year 1, Think and Observe; Year 2, Educate and Communicate; Year 3, Analyze and Implement. This framework will offer students the opportunity to become reflective and critical, aware of the educational, socio-cultural, economic and political assumptions that frame everyday life, while envisioning ways to foster more emancipatory, sustainable, and democratizing approaches to practice.

Doctoral students in this learning community of practice will focus on interdisciplinary ways of knowing, as well as the use of systems thinking and problem-based learning, to facilitate transforming the educational system to address global challenges. In an era characterized by the desire to develop the skills and values of active and critical citizenship, doctoral students will gain knowledge and a set of approaches to become skilled facilitators of intercultural communication and collaboration. Students will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • curriculum development and scholarly research that contributes to learning about global competence
  • issues of learning for sustainability
  • issues of cultural difference
  • issues of community and school-based reform focused on global competence
  • designing and assessing culturally relevant community programs and exhibits

A limited number of research or teaching assistantships may be available for qualified students.

Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD)

Doctoral Program Director:

Dr. Bill Kyle

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937


Slide 1 Doctoral Student Draws on Passion for Social Justice, Education in Latino Recruitment Role
Her own experience there and her years in Puerto Rico make her passionate about education and social justice issues – and also make her new role and new studies at UMSL “a perfect fit.”

 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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Deborah Cohen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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R Suzanne Hendrickson, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Teaching

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William C. Kyle, Jr., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education

William C. Kyle, Jr. is the E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education I. He received a BS in Biology from LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) and a MS and PhD in Science Education from The University of Iowa. Prior to joining the UM-St. Louis faculty in 1996, Professor Kyle taught middle and h...
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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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Laura M. Westhoff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

A native St. Louisan, Dr. Westhoff, joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty in 1999 and is jointly appointed in the History Department and the Division of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. She has served as co-author and lead historian on several Teaching American Histor...