Doctorate of Education

About the Program:

Doane’s Doctorate of Education (EdD) prepares candidates for leadership roles through the development of research and analysis skills that allow the candidate to create in-depth and highly specialized knowledge and expertise in a specific discipline or field of study. While the major focus of the EdD degree program of studies is research, the Doane University EdD is a practitioners’ degree in which students apply the research process to present issues, problems or programs which, in turn, will define the scope of study in which the candidate will be engaged.

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EdD graduates will develop the capacity to have an impact in their professional and personal roles in the communities in which they serve, through the development of expertise in a discipline or topic/field of study that has both immediate and future relevance to their professional roles in education. As well as, the development of the knowledge, skills and dispositions to maintain their capacity to be continuously engaged in issues of policy, program and practice throughout their professional career. This degree is for anyone involved in education at pre-K, K-12, postsecondary, industry, healthcare and not-for-profit organizations who seeks the advanced degree as a capstone of their preparation. It is also a pathway to a doctorate for those with a master’s degree who desire a route to the capstone degree of the doctorate.


  1. The candidate has completed a MA/MS program from an accredited institution.
  2. Completion of a disclosure statement of criminal history and any history of violations of the Code of Ethics of the Professional Practices Commission.

Course Offerings and Sequence:

Doane’s Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) will include 57 hours of post-graduate level coursework seminars and stand-alone courses, culminating in a dissertation. The core 30 hours of Ed.D. coursework will be delivered in a Cadre format, similar to the Education Specialist Program in sequential order. It is recommended that the 27 post-Masters’ specialization courses be completed prior to beginning core classes, but in special situations, arrangements may be made for this course work to be taken while completing core courses. Elective coursework cannot be counted if taken before the completion of the original MA/MS degree.

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