Doctor of Education Program
The Doctor of Education degree program at WSU emphasizes applying theories and research to advance practice in the field of education for Pre-K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities.
This doctorate program develops scholars in education who can strategically enhance teaching, address the challenges of practice, and apply research-based strategies to improve educational outcomes at all levels.
Through your elective coursework, you can explore a variety of areas of emphasis, including curriculum and instruction, instructional technology, multicultural leadership, organizational leadership, special education, and K-12 licensure/educational leadership.
There are many careers you can pursue with a Doctorate in Education. Some of these positions include, tenure-tracked faculty positions, curriculum director, college president, college administrator, educational consultant, K-12 administrator (with licensure), and non-profit organization leader.Request More Information
- Take online classes (primarily synchronous with some asynchronous components)
- Complete 2 in-person summer residencies in Winona, MN. Residencies are normally 7 days long and held in mid-July.
- Learn from experienced faculty from a variety of departments
- Degree completion in as little as 2 years. Most students complete the program, including the dissertation in 3 years.
- Flexible degree completion for students seeking a more appropriate work-life balance
- Achieve key program milestones of main coursework, defense of dissertation proposal, and final oral defense of your dissertation
See the required courses for the Doctor of Education program.
- Understand teaching and learning are at the heart of the organization and demonstrates the ability to foster reflective best practice
- Demonstrate an ethical and moral commitment to collaborative work that promotes positive learning for all members of the organization
- Connect the immediate work of organizational improvement of larger philosophical, political, and historical contexts, and organizational missions and visions
- Establish a commitment to social justice through their work and act in ways that promote and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout organizations
- Harness evolving technologies to improve organizations, enhance learning, and build institutional identities
- Foster continuous organizational improvement grounded in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and application of appropriate data
- Locate, interpret, and assess relevant educational research and apply it to both problems of practice and the design and conduct of research
- Construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities
Learn about WSU’s tuition and fees for graduate students.
The Doctor of Education program and course descriptions are available online in the course catalog.
The GRE is not required for this program.
The EdD is designed as an applied, accelerated program.
Time to degree completion is about 3 years. However, time to degree completion depends on your unique situation and academic persistence.
All students must advance through the program in a timely fashion. All degree requirements—including credits to be earned, transfer credits, final examinations, thesis, required research papers, and all other program requirements—must be completed within 7 years after beginning your first class in the program.
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