The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program is designed to provide advanced study and research for educators interested in educational leadership in the specific area of school administration. The EdD program provides opportunities for in-depth exploration, study, research, and analysis regarding administrative practices in the school/district setting.
The program will consist of a minimum of 60 semester credits (30 in the EdS and 30 in the EdD) and will take approximately four years to complete. An integral part of the EdD program is the EdS program previously approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It is anticipated that most doctoral students will come directly through the EdS program, which provides at least 30 credits of educational leadership content. In the EdD program, students will be required to complete six additional credits in research methods, 12 credits in an educational leadership core, and at least 12 credits in dissertation. The program will utilize a cohort model and will be offered predominately online, with all three-credit online courses being eight weeks in length. Two courses will be offered face-to-face during one summer for a two week session. An online orientation course will be offered for all incoming students who have not yet completed a similar course in their EdS program. Most students will have the opportunity to take the orientation as part of their EdS program.
The Education Doctoral degree will prepare administrators who are:
- capable of providing servant leadership to their districts.
- able to make ethical decisions under demanding circumstances.
- willing to encourage professional growth in others and exhibit academic excellence to those around them.
- able to provide creative, workable solutions to problems as they arise both within the district setting and the larger community.
- able to provide leadership in creating an inviting environment for students and staff regardless of their background or circumstances.
- able to contribute to the working body of knowledge through scholarly research.
- A recognized specialist degree (Ed.S.) or its equivalent with a minimum of 30 semester graduate credits from an academic institution that is accredited by an official regional accreditation agency. Applicants who have earned an Ed.S. degree from an institution other than NNU may transfer in a maximum of 15 Ed.S. credits upon approval of the program director. Applicants who have not earned an Ed.S. degree or its equivalent should apply to the Ed.S. program before applying to the Ed.D. program.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in previous graduate programs as indicated on official transcripts. The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 to continue in the Ed.D. program.
- For students whose native language is not English, satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as indicated by official scores. Minimum scores accepted: 550 (paper score), 213 (electronic score); 85 (Internet-based Test – iBT) with writing and speaking no less than a score of 22, and no score under 20.
- Competency in the use of computer and Internet technology, and either access to or ownership of appropriate computer equipment. High-speed Internet access is required.
- Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.