COE: EdD: Advance Scholarship and Practice in Educational Leadership (K-12)
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Take your leadership knowledge and practice to the next level to help transform your school or district and create a positive school culture environment. Today’s schools are concerned with educating the whole child. Educators are increasingly called to address issues of social-emotional learning, character development, mental health and well-being in their schools. As an educational leader, you are at the forefront of this transformation and have the opportunity to engage in reflective practice and propel your district forward through strategic planning and professional development.

It is increasingly common for individuals in school leadership roles to have doctoral degrees. Additionally, those who wish to transition to roles of consulting and school design may find it beneficial to have doctoral level training and degrees.

The Educational Leadership Learning Community is designed for educators who want to engage with colleagues and take a deep-dive into the development of school-wide systems of character education and the nature of servant leadership. Participants in this program will develop the skills and dispositions necessary to be an effective leader of an educational organization that promotes the comprehensive development and learning of all its stakeholders.

This cohort is designed for individuals interested in serving in school and district leadership positions. Students should have already completed a M.Ed. or an Ed.S. in education administration. The Ed.D. is typically a three year program, but students with an Ed.S. may be able to finish the degree in as little as two years.

Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD)

Student Support Specialist:

Alexandra Gresick

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

Deadline to Apply:
March 15th

 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

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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, and the Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform.
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Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D.
Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor in Character Education

Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz is the inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and University of Missouri President’s Thomas Jefferson Professor. He has also served as the inaugural Ambassador H.H. Coors Professor of Character Development at t...
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Melinda Bier, Ph.D.
Academic Director

Melinda C. Bier is currently the Associate Director for the Center for Character and Citizenship (CCC), College of Education, University of Missouri, St. Louis. Bier’s expertise spans the fields of Character Education, teacher preparation and professional development, and the design and use of instructional technology for enhanced teaching and learning.
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Vanessa Garry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Vanessa Garry is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), St. Louis, Missouri and holds K-12 principal and superintendent certification. She earned her Ph.D. and Ed.S. degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the UMSL. Dr. Garry teaches graduate s...
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Thomas Hoerr, Ph.D.
Scholar In Residence

Tom Hoerr led schools for 37 years, taught for eight years, and worked for two years as an intern in the SLPS Division of Evaluation and Research. He has written five books and 140 articles/chapters. His most recent book is The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Students Need. He has presented around the world on multiple i...
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Amy Johnston,
Sr. Educational Leadership Coordinator