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Ed.D. in Educational Administration (AA2)

(as of 11/08/2013)

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the AA2 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (3+ Additional Credits)


Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 90 credits. The detailed AA2 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed AA2 Program of Study Form.


Entry Level Courses

Up to 36 credits in entry level/advanced coursework in education or related fields. (NOTE: Often these credits are transferred in from previous graduate programs.)
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Research Methods Courses
ED506 Concepts and Issues in Social Science Research

Choose two additional research methods courses for a total of 6 credits; eligible courses include:
ED507 Qualitative Research Methods
ED504 Quantitative Research Methods
ED520 Program Evaluation

Program Core

Choose five advanced courses in educational leadership or related areas
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Milestones and Dissertation Research
EDE560 Portfolio Review: Ed Leadership
EDE550 Comprehensive Exam Research: K12 Educational Leadership EdD

Choose a combination of ED593: Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (at least 9 credits recommended), advanced research methods courses, and/or ED591: Independent Study, for a total of 9-15 credits.
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Electives

Choose electives as needed to reach the minimum requirement of 90 credits.
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Notes:



1. ED593: Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) can only be taken after completing the comprehensive exam.

2. Comprehensive Exam Registration:

Candidates may register for 0-6 comprehensive exam credit hours in a given semester. Candidates may not register for more than 6 total comprehensive exam credit hours during their program.

Candidates undertaking their comprehensive exam and who wish to maintain full-time enrollment can register for one of the following additional designations: ED999 or ED998.

Candidates cannot register for ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) or ED595 Ph.D. Research (Dissertation) until they have completed their comprehensive exams.

Advisors will record a grade of Incomplete "I" until the candidate has completed all requirements of the comprehensive exam. Advisors will record a grade of "S" when the candidate has passed, in full, the comprehensive exam. Advisors will record a grade of "U" when the candidate has failed the comprehensive exam. Candidates who earn a failing grade on the comprehensive exam will be withdrawn from their program.

3. By choosing electives appropriately, students can reduce the number of additional credits required to complete an optional Advanced Certificate as an enhancement to this degree. If interested, be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program.

4. Students also interested in pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching & Leadership (UT1) -- See Enhancement Section -- should choose the following courses as their 6 credits of electives: EDU442 - Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education, EDE446 - Introduction to Urban Education, ED440 - Urban Teaching & Leadership Seminar 1A, and ED441 - Urban Teaching & Leadership Seminar 1B. Please contact the UTL Director to explore whether some of the required Specialization Courses could be used in lieu of ED468 - Leadership in Urban Schools.

5. For students also pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools, any teaching methods course taken as part of a prior teaching certification can be transferred in to count as the "specialization course in teaching and learning".

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Portfolio Evaluation Successful completion of a portfolio within the first two years in the program.
  • Comprehensive Exam (see program notes for how to register for exam)
  • Dissertation Proposal Exam (also referred to as "Qualifying Exam")
  • Dissertation Defense