Course Catalog

Program Requirements

The Ed.D. in Policy, Planning, and Administration requires 54 credits spread across six main components:

  • Professional Core Components (18 credits) 

    addresses applied research within the context of eight program goals.

  • Research Methods (12 credits) 

    prepares candidates in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to study their practice in intentional, deliberate ways.

  • Area of Concentration (12 credits) 

    affords candidates the opportunity for in-depth study in an area of interest and associated educational settings.

  • Comprehensive Exam 

    provides candidates the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge across educational domains and research methodologies and the intersection of this knowledge with their Areas of Concentration.

  • Dissertation (12 credits) 

    offers a supervised research opportunity to identify site-specific challenges/questions, develop an action research plan, and collect and analyze data to inform solutions.

Tentative course plan:

Session Course # Course Name Total Credits 
Fall (first year) 

EDD 700 (3)
EDD 701 (3)

Doctoral Seminar in Educational Studies
Social & Ethical Foundations of Education Policy and Practice
Spring (first year) EDD 702 (3)
EDD 720 (3)
Innovation in Curriculum Development & Practice
Educational Research Design and Measurement
Summer Session I EDD 705 (3) Critical Issues in Special Education 3
Summer Session II EDD 703 (3) Educating All Students in a Diverse Society 3
Fall (second year) EDD 704 (3)
EDD 722 (3)
Political & Legal Trends in Educational Policy
Qualitative Methods for Educational Researchers 
Spring (second year) EDD 723 (3)
EDD 721 (3) 
Quantitative Methods for Educational Researchers
Educational Statistics 
Summer Session I & II   • Doctoral Summer Workshop• Comprehensive Exam• Elective Courses  
Fall (third year) EDD 801 (3)
EDD 802 (3) 
Education Research Seminar I: Research Questions/Literature Review
Education Research Seminar II: Instrumentation & Data Collection
Spring (third year)  EDD 803 (3)
EDD 804 (3)
Education Research Seminar III: Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis
Education Research Seminar IV: Findings & Conclusions


It is difficult to create a schedule that works for all of our busy lives. We have done our best to schedule course dates and times that work for most students and still maintain the integrity of the courses and course assignments. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Tentative Fall Schedule

Please note that unless posted, classes take place Monday evenings as follows:
4:00 pm - 4:25 pm: student/instructor conferences as needed/requested
4:25 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m: class time
9:30 pm – 10:00 pm: student/instructor conferences as needed/requested

Tentative Summer Sessions

Summer sessions run 5 weeks each. These classes are two evenings per week, 4:25 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Progression Requirements

After successfully completing the Professional Core, Research Methods, and Area of Concentration, candidates will sit for a Comprehensive Examination. Candidates will be required to pass written and/or oral qualifying examinations before beginning the research portion of the program, the Dissertation. The qualifying exam will cover content from the core and research methods courses, as well as content from the area of concentration. Candidates not passing the qualifying exam on the first try will be permitted one additional attempt.

Candidates must also obtain professional disposition recommendations from three on-site professional education representatives before beginning the research project sequence. Recommendations should include references to related experiences and professional dispositions necessary to conduct applied research in educational settings.

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