COE: Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD)
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Bridge Theory and Practice with Scholarship

Why Choose the Ed.D.?

The Doctor of Education program (Ed.D.) with an emphasis in Educational Practice provides an accelerated doctoral experience structured to leverage the benefits of the collaborative dissertation model and immerse students in action research as part of a cohort community.

Scholar-practitioners typically work as part of a dissertation team of two or more students to investigate a high-impact Problem of Practice (PoP). The research experience encompasses the scholarly process of conducting research and possibly collaborating with community stakeholders to review extant data related to the Problem of Practice. Students explore solutions to the Problem of Practice that impacts the local community and the educational workplace, and they also investigate national implications.

About the UMSL Ed.D. Program:

Students are admitted to the degree program and simultaneously to a Learning Community of Practice that is formed around a central theme. Our learning communities typically begin during the Fall semester. Members of the learning community advance through the program together as a cohort and complete the degree requirements within 3 to 3 ½ years. Students enroll in approximately 5-6 credits each semester. A collaborative Dissertation in Practice (DIP) is the culminating capstone project.

The GRE is not required for admission to this program. The Ed.D degree requires the completion of 80 credit hours. A master's degree in any discipline could be applicable. Consult with the faculty mentor associated with your respective cohort of interest for guidance on the transfer of your previous graduate degree coursework. A maximum of 39 credit hours can be accepted for the completion of a master's degree. Individuals with an earned Ed.S. degree should consult with the faculty mentor for further guidance regarding credit hour requirements.

Please note that our doctoral programs do not align with MO state requirements for administrative certification. Students interested in pursuing certification should inquire with the appropriate advising staff member to pursue our master’s or specialist degree programs in Educational Administration.

Student Support Specialist:

Alexandra Gresick

203 Education Administration Building (EAB)
(314) 516-5107



Slide 1 Doctoral student Tracy Smith begins tenure as principal of Ross Elementary School
In May, the Parkway School District named Tracy Ross, a master’s graduate and EdD student at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, principal of Ross Elementary School. Smith has served students in the St. Louis region for more than two decades. Over the course of her career, she has worked as an elementary school teacher in three area school districts, and also as an instructional coach and assistant principal. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 Education alumna Paula D. Knight beginning new role as Jennings superintendent
Paula D. Knight is beginning her new role as superintendent of the Jennings School District after a 28-year career with St. Louis Public Schools. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 3 EdD student Britt Tate finds her place inspiring St. Louis students with art education
Britt Tate (with her rabbit Bunilla Ice) is part of the College of Education’s Heritage Leadership for Sustainability, Social Justice and Participatory Culture EdD cohort and splits her time between Bryan Hill Elementary School and Columbia Elementary School teaching art. As a product of public schools, she believes that every student deserves a passionate, enthusiastic teacher – no matter what neighborhood they live in. (Photo by August Jennewein)

 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 7889Laboratory of Practice3
3. Required Common Courses
EDUC 7215Data Analysis for Educational Practitioners3
EDUC 7395Research and Technical Writing for Educational Practitioners2
EDUC 7615
EDUC 7625Building Socially Just and Ethical Educational Communities3
EDUC 7710Research Methods and Design for Educational Practitioners 3
ED REM 7781Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I3
4. Tools Courses
EDUC 7310Integrating Technology in Learning for Educational1
EDUC 7325Grant Writing for Educational Practitioners1
5. Specialization30-60
Courses in an area of specialization (can include Master’s or Education Specialist work)
6. Dissertation in Practice
EDUC 7998Dissertation in Practice Research8

 Total: minimum 80 hours, post-bacclaureate