Offered by the School of Education , the Education Policy and Leadership (EdD) doctorate program aims to equip learners with knowledge and skills to hone their disruptive innovation, action research, and systems thinking abilities to transform PK-12 education. Through a part-time, online program, students explore issues and opportunities in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education, pragmatically exploring within their current roles and projects within the courses, residencies, and program. The program’s four domains are: systems change, anti-racism, personal leadership, and research and policy.
The three-year, part-time program sets students up for eight semesters of coursework and rigorous practitioner research, supporting students to think about disruptive innovation and how to re-imagine education to be both, anti-racist and in support of all learners. The first six semesters require students to engage in intensive courses, modules, and coaching, and the last two semesters entail the more intensive research, writing, and presenting of our students’ doctoral research; additionally, students receive peer support and seminar support from faculty and students as they are in their final year of research, writing, and presenting. The EdD program focuses on identifying a problem of practice that students can act upon, reflect upon, and evaluate; pulling from the practitioner and academic domains.