Doctor of Education (EdD)

EdD Requirements

The EdD degree consists of the following academic requirements:

  • Completion of 60 credit hours of doctoral studies comprised of:
    • 33 credit hours of core coursework
    • 12 credit hours of research and culminating capstone coursework
    • 9 credit hours of advanced doctoral practice (including a practicum and advanced leadership institute)
    • 6 credit hours of dissertation preparation
  • Successful completion and defense of a dissertation

Students are expected to complete the doctoral degree within five years of beginning the program at NAU (refer to Time Limitations and Program Terminations - Graduate Programs).

EdD Program Core Courses

Core courses are to be completed prior to taking the capstone course, the advanced doctoral practice courses (i.e., practicum and advanced leadership institute), or, defending the dissertation. The core EdD courses include:

ED8000College History, Mission, and Emerging Issues

3

ED8106Leadership Development

6

ED8200Managing Change - Leading Institutional Transformation

3

ED8300Organization Design and Development

3

ED8400Ethics and Values

3

ED8500Governance and Administration

3

ED8600Planning, Finance, and Resource Development

3

ED8700Policy, Politics, and Public Affairs

3

ED8800Education Analytics

3

ED8900Understanding the Contemporary College Student

3

EdD Research and Culmination Courses

Research and culmination courses include:

ED9000Introduction to Research Methodology

3

ED9043Capstone

3

ED9020Designing and Shaping the Dissertation

6

Advanced Doctoral Practice Courses

The advanced doctoral practice courses include:

ED9600Project and Program Introduction I

3

ED9601Project II

3

ED9700Advanced Leadership Institute

3

The Dissertation

The dissertation at NAU is a major applied research project that is the culmination of a rigorous program of study leading to the EdD. It is "applied" meaning that it has practical use and value; it is "research" meaning that it is conducted in an established framework of scientific analysis.

Requirements List

ED9800Dissertation Proposal

3

ED9801Dissertation Proposal Extension

3

ED9802Dissertation Proposal Extension

3

ED9900Dissertation Completion

3

ED9901Dissertation Completion Extension

3

ED9902Dissertation Completion Extension

3

Dissertation Purpose

The EdD degree is designed for those whose goal is to be an educational leader in an institution or organization. The focus of the EdD dissertation is on problems and issues of practice as seen through the lens of a scholar-practitioner. Accordingly, it should address a specific problem, issue, or program in a particular context, such as specific issues pertinent to an institution or organization. The purpose of the dissertation is for the student to produce a project or product, under the guidance of a highly qualified advisor, which contributes to the body of research in the field of education by providing a solution to an institutional or organizational issue or by improving the overall quality of professional practice.

Dissertation Process

The dissertation is an essential component of the doctoral program and an opportunity for students to examine a topic, become subject matter experts, and contribute to scholarly and practitioner knowledge. The dissertation process includes:

  1. Selecting a topic worthy of study for the dissertation proposal
  2. Selecting a chair and a committee
  3. Choosing an appropriate methodology
  4. Obtaining proposal approval
  5. Completing the Institutional Review Board process for approval of the research design
  6. Completing the research and preparing the final dissertation
  7. Obtaining dissertation committee approval
  8. Submitting required dissertation and graduation documents.

Dissertation Requirements

If a student is unable to complete ED9800 or ED9900 within a trimester, the student may sign up for a Dissertation Proposal Extension (ED9801 or ED9802), or for a Dissertation Completion Extension (ED9901 or ED9902) course.

In order for students to fulfill dissertation requirements, students are to complete researching, writing, proposing, and defending the dissertation. Students are encouraged to complete dissertation work within two consecutive courses: ED9800 Dissertation Proposal and ED9900 Dissertation Completion. Students must stay continuously enrolled in ED9800, ED9801, or ED9802 (Dissertation Proposal); or, ED9900, ED9901, or ED9902 (Dissertation Completion) until completion of the proposal or the dissertation.

Students may register for the relevant dissertation course(s) after receiving a grade of “S” (Satisfactory) for a dissertation proposal or completion course.  The vice president and dean will advise students regarding available options regarding corresponding dissertation completion courses, financial implications, or exigencies. The student must continue to be enrolled each trimester for dissertation credit until completion of the dissertation.