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)


 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

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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 C...
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Melinda Bier, Ph.D.
Co-Director Center for Character and CItizenship

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.
Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Educator Preparation and Leadership in the COE at the UMSL, St. Louis, Missouri, has K-12 principal and superintendent certification. She received her Ph.D. and Ed.S. degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the UMSL. Dr. Garry teaches graduate students DDDM, leadership for equity, school law, ...
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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 Principal As Chief Empathy Officer: Creating A Culture Where Everyone Grows. He has presented around th...
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Amy Johnston,
Sr. Educational Leadership Coordinator