A Mostly Online Doctoral Program for Educators
This Educational Studies Doctor of Education (EdD) degree provides working teachers and administrators with access to a premier doctoral program in education. This mostly online program features our Innovation and Education Reform Emphasis, preparing informed, reflective and forward-thinking educational leaders who are prepared to implement and study educational change in today’s rapidly evolving educational systems.
In the Innovation and Education Reform Cognate You will study...
- Relationships between research, policy and practice in education
- How to conduct, analyze and apply research of education
- Issues surrounding curriculum, evaluation and implementation
- Critical evaluation skills and perspectives of education and society
- Ways to contribute to the improvement of education systems
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The Program & Enrollment Manager will share information about our online programs for licensed teachers and answer any questions you have. Attendees are entered for monthly UNC gift drawings.
1st Tuesday of each month, 6:00 PM Mountain Time
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The Highest Level of Educational Leadership Preparation from a National Leader in the Field
Graduates will be able to pursue careers in academia, the K–12 world, and other educational settings and agencies.
- Take on leadership roles in school districts.
- Become a University faculty member.
- Work as a consultant to state and federal agencies.
- Plan and implement curriculum at the district level.
- Assume leadership roles for non-profit and private schools and agencies.
Time to Completion:
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online + Summer Loveland visits: Starts Summer term (Late July) 2021
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This doctoral program is delivered mostly online, allowing you to complete the program while still working. Face-to-face sessions are limited to...
- Five-day (or less) courses delivered in-person the first three Summers.
- Your dissertation defense will also be presented in person during the final semester of your program.
Degree Requirements (64 Credit Hours)
To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.
Educational Studies Core (12 Hours)
- EDF 670 Introduction of 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 Theory of Learning and Change (3)
- EDF 781 Perspectives on Curriculum (3)
- EDF 785 Contemporary School 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)
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.