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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 is structured to leverage the benefits of the collaborative dissertation model in which students engage in action research as part of a cohort. Our scholar-practitioners work as part of a dissertation team of 2-3 students to investigate a high-impact Problem of Practice (PoP). The research experience would encompass the scholarly process of conducting research, and possibly working with community stakeholders and reviewing extant data related to the Problem of Practice. We will explore solutions to the Problem of Practice that impacts the community and/or educational workplace locally, but we will 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.

Student Support Specialist:

Alexandra Gresick

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

History


News

Slide 1 EdD alumnae break new ground with innovative social studies curricula
Chelsea Witwer and Julia Wilkins earned the EdD Dissertation of the Year award from the UMSL College of Education. Their co-authored research examined power structures and their effects on the populace. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 Doctoral students apply UMSL education to roles as charter school administrators
Sarah Ranney (left) and Susan Marino use their EdD coursework to help inform administration of the UMSL-sponsored public charter school Lafayette Preparatory Academy, where Marino is executive director and Ranney is head of school. (Photos by August Jennewein)
Slide 3 Heritage Leadership Program Draws Crowd from Across the Country and Around the Globe
That concept of empowerment – of using leadership as a mechanism for encouraging others to engage and grow and thrive – was a theme often returned to by many members of the cohort as they introduced themselves and shared their research interests over the course of the week.

 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 Practitioners1
EDUC 7395Research Proposal Development for Educational Practitioners1
EDUC 7605Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Educational Practice2
EDUC 7615Evaluation of Educational Programs2
EDUC 7625Building Socially Just and Ethical Educational Communities2
EDUC 7710Research Methods and Design for Educational Practitioners3
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