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

Innovative education... Engaged educators

Develop Knowledge and Approaches to Serve as a Leader in Your Community

This community would be of interest to those in, or working to be in, positions of leadership. These positions might be formal (superintendent, principal) or informal. Leadership requires multi-faceted knowledge and skills and our curriculum responds to that need. Our emphasis is on thoughtful and effective leaders who can solve complex problems of practice. The program and its learning community format prepares individuals to be effective leaders in their organizations who can work with stakeholders to implement innovative programs. Individuals also prepare to be change agents responsive to issues of social justice within their organizations.

Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD)

Doctoral Program Director:

Dr. Bill Kyle

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

 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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Matthew D. Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Matthew D. Davis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Foundations in the Department of Educational Services and Professional Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Davis earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D., (curriculum & instruction, educational administration, history, and public affa...
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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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Vanessa Garry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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James Shuls, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

James V. Shuls earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including: Phi Delta Kappan, Social Science Quarterly, The Rural Educator, Educational Policy, Education Economics, ...