Ed.D. in Counseling & Human Dev (w/ spec. in Human Development) HD3

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 HD3 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (12 Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (15 Additional Credits)
  • [MB1] (13 Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 90 credits. The detailed Ed.D. in Counseling & Human Dev (w/ spec. in Human Development) HD3 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 Counseling & Human Dev (w/ spec. in Human Development) HD3

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 36 credits in entry-level or advanced courses in human development or related fields. (NOTE: Often these courses are transferred from previous graduate programs.)

Research Methods Courses   
ED506 Concepts and Issues in Social Science Research

Choose two of the following courses (note ED504 carries a prerequisite of ED528):
ED504 Quantitative Research Methods
ED507 Qualitative Research Methods
ED520 Program Evaluation
ED528 Using Quantitative Data Analysis Software (1 credit)

Program Core   


At least one psychological context course; eligible courses include: ED407, ED425, ED429, ED453, ED457, ED510, ED510, EDE422, EDE475, EDE493, EDE545, EDE565, EDU455, EDU464, EDU467, EDU476, EDU479, EDU494 & EDU560 plus other courses identified with your advisor.

Additional advanced level courses in human development: EDE509, EDU557, EDU560, EDU563, EDU564, EDU565 & EDU572 plus other courses identified with your advisor.

Milestones and Dissertation Research   
EDE562 Portfolio Review: Counseling & Human Development
EDE556 Comprehensive Exam Research: Counseling & Human Development EdD

In consultation with your advisor, choose at least one semester of Research Apprenticeship (ED596) with additional coursework that includes Independent Study (ED591), Field Study (ED592), Ed.D. Research (ED593), and/or courses directly related to your dissertation. At least 9 credits must be in ED593 and can only be taken after the comprehensive exam.
ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (variable credits)
ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (variable credits)
ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (variable credits)
ED596 Research Apprenticeship -- Doctoral Level (variable credits)


In consultation with your advisor, select electives to reach a total of 90 credit hours.

Examples of available courses include ED425, EDU479, ED419, EDU494, ED481, EDU439, EDU467, EDU464, ED418, EDU455, EDU465, ED429, ED457, ED415, ED412, EDU446, EDU447, ED521, EDU498. Please note, courses may also be chosen from among the program core courses not taken to fulfill the program core requirements.


1. EDU557: Selected Theories of Human Development can be taken more than once when offered on different topics.

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

3. 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 "E" when the candidate has failed the comprehensive exam. Candidates who earn a failing grade on the comprehensive exam will be withdrawn from their program.

4. 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.

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
  • 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