Ed.D. in Teaching & Curriculum (accelerated option) TC9

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 TC9 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Advanced Certificate in Teacher Leadership [LT1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • 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 Ed.D. in Teaching & Curriculum (accelerated option) TC9 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 Teaching & Curriculum (accelerated option) TC9

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

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   
EDU522 Theory and Research in Learning
EDU526 Theory and Research in Curriculum and Change
EDU523 Theory and Research in Teaching

Select at least two courses to develop depth in your area of specialization. Advanced Seminars are strongly recommended and can be taken more than once if offered by different instructors.
ED513 Research Writing: The Literature Review
ED551A Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1A
ED551B Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1B
ED551C Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1C
ED552A Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2A
ED552B Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2B
ED552C Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2C

Milestones and Dissertation Research   
EDE561 Portfolio Review: Teaching & Curriculum
EDE558 Comprehensive Exam Research: Teaching & Curriculum EdD
ED532 Action Research Methods (1 credit)
ED553 Teaching & Curriculum Dissertation Proposal Seminar
ED554 Action Research Dissertation Seminar I
ED555 Action Research Dissertation Seminar II

A total of at least 9 credits of dissertation credits, to be taken concurrently with the Proposal Seminar (3 credit), the Dissertation Seminar I (3 credits) and the Dissertation Seminar II (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 9 credit hours. If additional courses are need to reach the 90 credits total required for the doctoral degree, add electives to reach that total.


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, starting in summer and culminating with the action research dissertation supported by the Dissertation Seminar). Students who are short of a few credits may be provisionally admitted into the program at the discretion of the advisor, but in that case they will need to take the necessary coursework between the time they are admitted and the first summer when they could join a new cohort (and, therefore, they will need more than three years to complete the program). Students cannot take required courses that are part of the course sequence described in point 2 below as part of the 36 credit hours of transfer credits.

2. Once admitted into a cohort, students need to take their courses according to the following sequence (courses marked with an asterisk will be taken by all students in the cohort together):
Year 1:
• Summer: ED506*; core/elective
• Fall: EDU525*; core/elective
• Spring: EDU526*; ED507 OR ED504*
Year 2:
• Summer: ED513*; ED504 OR ED507* (or elective if ED520 is chosen)
• Fall: ED532*; ED520 OR elective; core/elective
• Spring: core/elective; core/elective
Year 3:
• Summer: Proposal seminar*; dissertation credits
• Fall: Dissertation seminar I*; dissertation credits
• Spring: Dissertation seminar II*; dissertation credits
Once accepted into a cohort, students need to maintain the pace indicated above. If unforeseen personal or professional events cause a student to require a leave of absence, the situation needs to be discussed with the advisor in order to determine whether the student needs to move to the regular Ed.D. program or whether there are better alternative solutions.

3. In addition to the courses indicated above, students in this program are also required to participate in and register for the non-credit bearing “cohort seminar” (ED551) for the first six semesters since they join their cohort.

4. Students who are admitted into the program in Fall or Spring (instead of Summer) will not be able to join a new cohort until the following Summer (and, therefore, will need more than three years to complete the program). Students who are admitted in Fall or Spring may, however, with the consent of their advisor, begin to take some of their elective courses so as to lighten their load in the program later on; under no circumstances students will be allowed to take any of the courses marked with an asterisk or an Advanced Seminar before joining their cohort.

5. 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 action research dissertation within the required year. Failure to complete the action research dissertation within the allotted year will have to be considered on a case by case basis.

6. Students in an accelerated Ed.D. option are expected to be holding a professional job that provides a site in which to conduct an action research dissertation. If the student is promoted or the job is eliminated for reasons beyond the student’s control, the student needs to discuss with his/her advisor whether he/she should move to the regular Ed.D. program or whether there are other alternative solutions.

7. 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.

8. By choosing specialization courses and 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. Please note, though, that field experiences and other internships (identified by a course number starting with EDF) are not counted as coursework by New York State, and therefore cannot be counted as electives.

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