EdD: Higher Education Student Services
Doctor of Education in Educational Practice

Innovative education... Engaged educators

Advance Scholarship and Practice in Higher Education

The Higher Education Student Services Learning Community is a distance learning program committed to student immersion in high-impact educational practice that can affect change within higher education institutions. We will investigate the interconnectedness between systems and strategic thinking, higher education leadership, and how the intersection between these ideologies affect the cultural ethos of postsecondary institutions. At the core of this cultural dynamic is understanding the important role of the student affairs profession and its philosophy of supporting the whole student and promoting student success in postsecondary institutions. A unique and dynamic synergism will occur if all systems are aligned to support the collaboration of academic and student affairs professionals.

The Higher Education Student Services Cohort will collaborate to explore various areas of inquiry:
  • The Strategy behind Strategic Planning
  • Enrollment Management
  • Student Services Infrastructure
  • The Evolution of Recruitment and Retention
  • Using Data-Based Decision Making to Support Student Success
  • Using Institutional Software Systems to Enhance the College Student Experience and Student Success
  • Diversity, Social Justice and Cultural Competence
  • Women and Higher Education Leadership
  • Global Higher Education
  • The Impact of Pre-Collegiate Programs on Diversity and Recruitment Initiatives
  • Professional Stewardship and Public Accountability
  • Student Affairs Administration
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Law in Higher Education
  • Impact of College Access and Support Services on Student Success and Degree Completion
  • Higher Education Leadership

If you are a Practitioner-Leader who would like to enhance your career as an academic or student affairs professional to solve organizational issues that impact student success and the student services profession in higher education institutions, you have arrived! This program will provide you with an extraordinary experience that will prepare you for executive management in postsecondary institutions, as well as policy analyst and policy advocacy positions within organizations such as the American Council on Education.

Apply today to be a change agent who can make a difference!

Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD)

Program Director:

Dr. Shawn Woodhouse

123 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5889

 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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Shawn Woodhouse, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students

Shawn Woodhouse is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration in the Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies for the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A Gus T. Ridgel Fellow, Dr. Woodhouse completed her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Co...
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Michael Porterfield, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer

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Natissia S Small, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean of Students