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The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program prepares students for scholarly inquiry and professional leadership in education. The program consists of (1) applied research, (2) courses and professional experiences in education and related fields designed to develop a comprehensive academic basis for leadership roles in education, and (3) applied professional experiences tailored to individual needs and career goals.
The degree of Doctor of Education is offered to students who wish to pursue a program of study and participate in appropriate activities in preparation for professional service and leadership in education. The program is designed to meet the needs of those for whom intensive research is not a prerequisite to accomplishing professional goals. Doctoral students are expected to participate not only in organized coursework but also in other activities that will ensure breadth of outlook and technical competence. The goal of the Ed.D. degree program is to prepare graduates to improve their professional practice as educators in early childhood-12, corporate or government settings, community college, or other settings.
Applicants must have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution and have a minimum of 3 years early childhood to grade 12 teaching experience or equivalent (with the exception of the Educational Administration – Adult & Post Secondary cognate and Instructional Technology). Admission to the program requires the following:
International students - TOEFL (minimum score of 540 written, 76 online) or IELTS (minimum score of 6.5)
Application deadlines and any additional requirements are determined by faculty in the specific program areas.
A minimum of 72 semester hours beyond the Bachelor's degree is required by UW for a doctoral degree, although each program concentration typically requires additional credits. Students may, with the approval of the faculty, transfer up to 30 semester hours from an accredited, relevant master’s degree program. All coursework, including transfer courses, must be approved by the student's committee. The program of study, developed collaboratively by the student and the committee, constitutes an agreement wherein the minimum coursework requirements for that student’s degree are listed. In addition to organized coursework, the doctoral student will be required to complete a preliminary exam and an approved applied project within the major field of professional specialization.
All programs are offered through Outreach Credit Programs; courses are delivered via distance modalities such as online, video-conferencing, audio, intensive weekends, and hybrid approaches. A very limited number of courses will be offered on the Laramie campus but will be scheduled to accommodate distance students.
There are no college-wide residency requirements. However, some programs may require students to come to campus for various reasons such as orientations, workshops, courses, or committee meetings.
Students are required to complete the degree within 8 calendar years, and within no more than 4 calendar years of the completion of their preliminary examination.
Graduate student committee membership will be approved by the school director and the college dean. Committees will consist of the following three members: two faculty members from within the student’s program area (including the chair) and one UW faculty member from outside the program and department. Additional members may be added as determined by the student and the chair.
The format of the preliminary examination will be determined by faculty in each specific program area. Options may include traditional written examinations, oral examinations, annual reviews, portfolios, or any combination.
Doctor of Education students will use research methods to explore practical leadership problems. Applied projects are problem-based and may be collaborative. Projects may involve evaluating curriculum, designing and implementing professional development or training, developing applications to be used in local settings (e.g., early childhood-12 education, corporate and government centers), as well as other projects designed to advance knowledge in a specific field or setting.
The following requirements apply to all projects:
Suggested project formats and brief descriptions are:
Local Case Study
Faculty Directed Individual or Team-based Inquiry
Documentary on an Educational Issue
Additional project formats may be proposed and approved by the student’s committee as long as they meet the requirements listed above.
As in the traditional dissertation process, all students are expected to meet with their committees to gain project approval (at the pre-prospectus and/or prospectus stage). The Report of Final Examination will indicate whether or not the final project is acceptable to the committee. The deadline for submitting projects to Mountain Scholar Digital Collections or dissertations to ProQuest is the same as the Report of Final Examination, the last day of classes for the semester during which a student intends to graduate. All projects will be evaluated by committee members and also by the student.
Please note: After submitting the required steps for the Mountain Scholar Digital Collections you will receive a confirmation email. Please forward this email to your chair, the College of Education Dean’s Office, and the Office of the Registrar.
Click here and follow the guidelines to submit your project.