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Educational Studies EdD – Innovation and Education Reform Cognate – Courses & Requirements

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Both Delivery Options Feature...

  • A mostly-online delivery, allowing you to attend while still working.
  • Five-day courses delivered in Colorado the first three Summers.
  • Your dissertation defense will also be presented on campus during the final semester of your program.

Degree Requirements (64 Credit Hours)

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page for the Denver + Online delivery or the Online + Summer Loveland Visits delivery.

Educational Studies Core (12 Hours)

EDF 670 Introduction to Research Literature (3)

EDF 685 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

EDF 700 Implementation and Evaluation of Curriculum (3)

EDF 701 Doctoral Seminar (1 credit each Summer) – this is the five-day course where you will collaborate in person with your peers. This fulfills your doctoral residency requirement.

Innovation and Education Reform Cognate (24 Hours)

EDF 720 Foundations of Educational Research (3)

EDF 773 Literacy as Social Practice (3)

EDF 775 History of Education Reform and Change (3)

EDF 777 Social Justice in Educational Reform (3)

EDF 778 Social Theories of Learning and Organizational Change (3)

EDF 781 Perspectives on Curriculum (3)

EDF 785 Contemporary Education Reform (3)

EDF 787 Technology, Innovation, and Education (3)

Research Core (12 Hours)

SRM 602 Statistical Methods I (3)

SRM 680 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3)

SRM 686 Qualitative Case Study Research (3)

One additional research course

Dissertation (16 Hours)

EDF 797 Doctoral Proposal Research (4)

EDF 799 Doctoral Dissertation (12)

Scholarly Paper Requirement

Students are required to submit for publication one paper to a professional journal prior to dissertation proposal hearing. Other research endeavors prior to the dissertation are encouraged. Students may take EDF 795 Comprehensive Seminar (3) to support the writing of a scholarly paper.


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
4 years
$560/credit hour

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Contact the Program Coordinator:

Christy McConnell Moroye, PhD


Program & Enrollment Manager:

Jon Shaw


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