EdD: Social Justice
Doctor of Education in Educational Practice

Innovative education... Engaged educators

Radical Imagination in Black Education

This learning community will explore "hope and healing" for Black students and other students of color caught "learning in a burning house." Drawing energy from our intimate location near Ferguson and the on-going protests over "Black Lives Matters," students will examine theoretical positions including Black intellectual history, critical race theory and afro-futurism to ground various explorations into "schooling as a site of [b]lack suffering." Out of this collective work of "radical imagination" should emerge novel ideas toward increased educational liberation. Or as Dumas and Ross suggest, our work will burn bright "where the Black educational imagination dances wildly into the night - quenching the thirst of yearning and giving birth to becoming."

Voices in our region are increasingly asking "why" when confronted with the persisting racialized tensions in civic life, in general, and schools, in particular. While not directly endeavoring to answer this question, the learning community will search for avenues of clarity toward contextual understanding and increased humanity in local schooling experiences for Black students. Thus, our learning community would be actively engaged toward increased humanity in the schooling experiences of Black students or other students of color. As well, learning community members should encounter their own educational liberation through their study.

We invite the following individuals to apply: Educators, social workers, non-profit organizers, community activists.

Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD)

Contact Advisor:

Matthew Davis

204 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-5953

Deadline to Apply:
Fall - February 15

 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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Thomasina Hassler, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education in the College of Education. He holds a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Economics). He received a B.A in Environmental Management from Makerere University in Kampala, Uga...