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

Innovative education... Engaged educators

  This learning community is currently in-progress. Check back here for upcoming offerings.

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

The Leadership Learning Community will begin study in 2015. 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.

In anticipation of a large response to this invitation to apply, with sufficient interest we will offer three themes:

Educational Leadership Management and Entrepreneurship - Increasingly, educational leaders must be well versed in business administration as well as educational administration. Moreover, educational leadership today means much more than being a principal or a superintendent. In addition to those important roles, educational leaders may: start charter schools, create an educational non-profit, become a consultant, work in state agencies, or help develop future educators. This learning community will provide candidates with the knowledge base to step into any of these roles. Students will gain expertise in leadership, systems thinking, finance, human resources, and organizational change.

Leadership for Social Justice - Individuals interested in improving equitable school access AND outcomes for all are invited to apply for this new learning community. This description could include educators, community agency workers, human resource employees, and many others. The leadership team for the LSJ learning community includes tenured, tenure-track, and endowed professors along with working administrators in local school districts. This EdD community interested in LSJ will draw impetus from a myriad of questions and concerns arising from the “Ferguson Moment.” As we enter 2015, important discussions, organizing, and activities are occurring with the rallying cry “lives matter.” Perhaps nowhere is this more important than in educational settings – whether school-based or not – in which concerns for humanity are being marginalized by calls for efficiency and accountability. Importantly, our common interest in social justice will include concerns over oppression and privilege in a variety of contexts: race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and more.

School Leaders - This community is specifically for school leaders who are interested in "cage-busting" leadership and the examination of school-based systems in new ways. We will engage in building a model for design thinking in education EXPLORING existing systems that are in need of change, engaging community members from across disciplines to help us ENVISION what new systems could look like, and then support you as you ENACT these new practices and systems in your school or organization. In the course of this 3-year process, leaders will have an opportunity to re-invent their schools, their systems and processes, and develop new ways of supporting student learning.

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, ...