Doctor of Education
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Program Development with an emphasis on Educational Innovation provides graduates with the skills needed to conduct rigorous inquiry and apply findings to real-world decision-making in professional settings. The program is generally designed for working professionals, takes about three years to complete and provides students with knowledge and analytical skills that can be applied directly to challenges in education and related fields.
The program fosters intellectual and professional growth as students work with faculty in seminars, research projects, and other assignments. As a result, this deepens students’ understanding of innovative practices and inquiry skills and refines their ability to communicate important findings to a broad audience of practitioners and other applied researchers.
Main components of the program:
- Students complete the three-year program in a cohort with other professionals.
- Classes are scheduled using alternative formats, such as weekend meetings, hybrid design, and distance learning options to increase accessibility.
- Face-to-face classes are heavily supplemented by online activities and independent research between meeting sessions.
- The flexible format allows participants to continue with their careers while they master a range of applied research skills.
- The dissertation in practice requirements are rigorous but also flexible. They may be fulfilled with an applied research thesis, book, or major research and development project.
- Because the scope of education in most communities extends well beyond the formal school environment, this program is open to students from a variety of fields that are engaged in or related to educational activity. This includes schools, businesses, nonprofits, governments, media, youth-serving agencies and public service organizations.
- Graduates are prepared to design, promote, and evaluate sustainable innovations in their professional settings and communicate the results of their work to the larger nonprofessional and professional communities.
Students may transfer credits into the Ed.D program if doing so aligns with USF and USF College of Education policy. Transfer credits may not be used to satisfy program core courses, concentration core, or dissertation requirements.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 54 CREDIT HOURS BEYOND THE MASTER'S DEGREE
Core Requirement (3 Credit Hours)
- EDG 7069: Sustainable Innovation in Education (3 credit hours)
Concentration Requirements (15 Credit Hours)
- EDG 7695 : Problems of Practice in Education (3 credit hours)
- EDG 7941 : Practicum in Educational Innovation (6 credit hours)
- EDG 7936 : Graduate Seminar: Leader-Scholar Community (6 credit hours)
Concentration Electives (15 Credit Hours)
- At least four additional 6000 or 7000 level courses selected in consultation with your advisor.
Research Methods and Tools (9 Credit Hours)
- Selection of three quantitative, qualitative, applied, or action research courses chosen in consultation with your advisor.
Philosophical/Psychological/Sociological Foundations of Education (3 Credit Hours)
- Course focused on equity, diversity and social justice chosen in consultation with your advisor.
Dissertation in Practice (9 Credit Hours)
- EDG 7987 : Dissertation in Practice (9 credit hours)