Ed.D. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in K-12 Schools, accelerated option) AA9

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 AA9 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (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 Ed.D. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in K-12 Schools, accelerated option) AA9 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 program plan for Ed.D. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in K-12 Schools, accelerated option) AA9

Entry Level Courses   

Enter up to 36 credits in entry level/advanced coursework in education or related fields to be transferred in or completed prior to matriculating into the degree program. If there are not 36 credits of eligible transfer courses, or required doctoral courses were taken as part of a Warner master's degree, the student must take additional electives to reach the 90 credits total for the doctoral degree.

Research Methods Courses   
ED506 Concepts and Issues in Social Science Research
ED504 Quantitative Research Methods
ED528 Using Quantitative Data Analysis Software (1 credit)
ED507 Qualitative Research Methods
ED524 Survey Design (1 credit)
ED525 Interview and Focus Group Techniques (1 credit)

Program Core   
EDU515 Decision Making for Educational Leaders I: Analyzing Problems in Schools and Universities
ED520 Program Evaluation
EDU516 Decision Making for Educational Leaders II: Making Decisions in Schools and Universities
or ED521 Advanced Program Evaluation

Choose 4 advanced courses in educational leadership or related fields. Students should not take a certification course without the express written consent of their advisor (Warner School Leadership Graduates can include 1 retroactive course from their leadership program):

Milestones and Dissertation Research   
EDE560 Portfolio Review: Ed Leadership
EDE550 Comprehensive Exam Research: K12 Educational Leadership EdD
ED540 Program Evaluation Dissertation Proposal Seminar
or ED546 Decision Making Dissertation Proposal Seminar
ED541 Program Evaluation Dissertation Seminar I
or ED543 Decision Making Dissertation Seminar I
ED542 Program Evaluation Dissertation Seminar II
or ED544 Decision Making Dissertation Seminar II

A total of at least 6 credits of dissertation credits, to be taken concurrently with ED540/ED546 (3 credits), ED541/ED543 (3 credits), and ED542/ ED544 (3 credits):
ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (variable credits)
ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (variable credits)
ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (variable credits)


Choose electives for a total of 6 credits. (Warner School Leadership graduates can include 2 retroactive courses for 6 credits total from their leadership program).


1. Students in this program need to have completed and/or have transferred a minimum of 36 graduate credits before they can be admitted into their “cohort” (i.e., the group of students who will be together for three years culminating with the field-based dissertation supported by the Dissertation Seminar). However, students can be provisionally admitted into the program and allowed to take some of the courses prior to their admission into a cohort.

2. Students who intend to complete the program in three years part-time with their cohort need to start their cohort experience in the summer and take 6 credits of coursework and/or dissertation each semester, including summers, following the recommended sequence identified in our webpage. Students who cannot commit to this intense pace, or need to interrupt their program for unforeseen reasons, need to discuss their specific situation with their advisor.

3. Students need to have completed their comprehensive exam in order to register for the Proposal Seminar. Students need to have successfully completed the Proposal Seminar in order to register for one of the Dissertation Seminars. Once in the Dissertation Seminar sequence, students are expected to register for both Seminars in the same academic year and to keep up with the assignments in order to complete their field-based dissertation within the year. In the rare event that a student cannot complete the field-based dissertation within the allotted year, the student will be required to enroll in BOTH dissertation seminars the following academic year in order to complete his/her dissertation.

4. Possible sequence of courses for students joining a cohort for the entire duration of the program:
Year 1:
• Summer: core/elective; core/elective
• Fall: core/elective; core/elective
• Spring: core/elective; core/elective
Year 2:
• Summer: ED504 OR ED507; core/elective
• Fall: ED520; EDU515
• Spring: ED521 OR EDU516; core/elective
Year 3:
• Summer: ED550; ED540 (proposal seminar)
• Fall: ED541 OR ED543 (dissertation seminar I); dissertation credits
• Spring: ED542 OR ED542 (dissertation seminar II); dissertation credits

5. Students who have completed courses towards administrative certification at the Warner School should consider these courses as “retroactive” (rather than transfer credits) and as such can substitute them for some of the electives in the program.

6. Students in an accelerated Ed.D. option are expected to be holding a professional job that gives them access to a site where their action research dissertation can take place. If for any reason this condition is not met, the student needs to discuss with his/her advisor whether the student needs to move to the regular Ed.D. program or whether there are alternatives.

7. 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.

8. 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 or completing exams).

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