Guides to Doctor of Education Programs

For teachers and education leaders who decide to earn their Doctorate of Education (EdD), this degree can be one of the most challenging yet impactful academic experiences they have. The combination of leadership-oriented coursework, intensive research culminating in a dissertation, presentations to faculty, and in some cases practicums and campus residencies prepares students to serve as leaders across a wide variety of education environments. is invested in helping current and prospective students navigate the important milestones in their graduate education, including putting their best foot forward on applications and interviews, successfully completing their dissertation and dissertation defense, and making the most of campus residencies and practicums. As we further build out this section, we will also be including exclusive interviews with graduates of EdD programs who have taken their doctorate-level education and applied it to leadership roles in academic, advocacy, and corporate settings.

Guide to the Doctor of Education (EdD) Dissertation

This detailed guide to EdD dissertations outlines the process for completing and defending one’s dissertation, and also describes important steps students should take to optimize their learning outcomes, research methodologies, and final research paper.

The History of the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.)

This article discusses the history of the Ed.D., from its origins in 1920 and the challenges it faced, to the ways in which the CPED re-designed and advanced the Ed.D. to become a degree that embraces an empowering scholarly practitioner model.