COE: EdD: Workforce Development & Distance Learning and Technology
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There is a need to provide additional training/learning opportunities for practitioners in a variety of contexts. This program will equip practitioners to address issues relative to participation in adult education, instructional techniques to enhance adult learning and accessibility, and provide workforce development anywhere and anytime. Furthermore, as practitioners in adult education are seeking academic careers or preparation for leadership and practice in a range of adult education settings, this degree will enable them to address problems in continuing education, adult learners(ing) in postsecondary environments, distance learning organizations, program development, adult basic education, cooperative extension, workplace learning, gerontology, nonprofit or community education, places of worship, to name a few. Since, "adult education, as a field, places emphasis on developing diverse and equitable cultural and economic sustainability in schools, workplaces, and communities through the facilitation of adult learning and collaboration among participants,” this degree will allow students to explore problems from different lenses, thus meeting the needs of practitioners in diverse settings.

Adult education practitioners from the following areas will benefit from this program:
  • AEL/ABE directors and instructors
  • Community-based educators and directors
  • Continuing education professionals
  • Higher education instructors/professors
  • Higher education professionals
  • HRD professionals
  • Instructional designers
  • Health educators
  • And more!

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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E Paulette Isaac-Savage, Ed.D.

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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, ...