For those seeking to generate and apply research in the solution of complex real-world challenges facing our communities.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) focuses on development of a high level and advanced proficiency in the education field of study as well as acquisition of research and leadership skills. It aims to produce graduates who can solve practical problems in a specific education-related context. The Ed.D. is ideal for educators who seek new skills and new opportunities for leadership and is designed to meet a critical need in southeastern Michigan for educational leaders who can transform education at the PK-12, community college and university levels.

  • Graduates of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program will be:

    • Knowledgeable of and sensitive to differences in learning and organizational styles of different communities.
    • Effective education leaders who select relevant best practices form research to solve local educational problems.
    • Ethical and professional leaders who promote high levels of student achievement for all learners.
    • Experienced in research techniques, methodologies and scholarly writing within their field of emphasis.
  • Program Information: The Ed.D. Program is a 60-credit hour program with 24 credit hours of core courses, 24 credit hours of concentration area courses and 12 credit hours dedicated to a dissertation or applied studies project.

    Students must maintain a “B” average (cumulative grade point average of 3.0) to remain in good standing in the Ed.D. program.

     

    Transfer of Credit: Up to six credit hours from another (non-U-M) accredited university may be accepted as transfer credits with approval of the program adviser. Students may transfer up to one-half (1/2) the minimum number of credit hours required for the Ed.D. degree from the Ann Arbor and Flint U-M campuses.

    Courses must be at the 500 level or above. The student’s program adviser must approve the transfer of the course and credits.

    Transfer of Credit will be considered if:

    • Graduate credits were completed within five years of application to the Ed.D. program at another accredited institution.
    • Graduate credits were completed at another U-M School or College (including Flint and Ann Arbor).
    • Graduate Extension courses were completed at any of these campuses:
      • University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Michigan University and Oakland University.
    • Courses were taken at an undergraduate institution, only if:
      • Students completed the course during their junior or senior year 
      • They were approved for graduate credit by the graduate school of the institution where and when the student took the course
      • The courses were not used in whole or in part, in any way, to meet requirements for a degree
      • The student’s program adviser approves the transfer of the course and credits

     

    Time to Completion: The Ed.D. program is designed for completion of the degree requirements within four calendar years. Students should not take more than seven years to complete the program. Students will not be allowed to register for credits in the program after seven years without the approval of a formal petition by the Ed.D. Faculty Advisory Committee.

  • Core Courses (24 hrs)

    DEDA 725
    EDB 722
    EDC 740
    EDD 717
    EDK 700
    EDK 823
    EDK 825
    EDK 850
    Seminar in Metropolitan Education
    Seminar in Educational Leadership
    Seminar in Educational Psychology/Special Education
    Seminar in Curriculum and Practice
    Introduction to Educational Research
    Quantitative Research Methods
    Qualitative Research Methods
    Research Design & Proposal Development

     

    Concentration Area Courses (24 hrs)
    Eight graduate level courses must be selected in the area of concentration with prior written approval from the doctoral program adviser. The professional studies courses are offered through the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and other units of the university. The student will work with their faculty adviser to determine which concentration area courses are appropriate to the student’s needs and professional goals. This plan will be submitted to the doctoral program coordinator for approval within one year of admittance to the program.

     

    Preliminary Examination/Proposal Seminar (3 hrs)
    The preliminary examination is taken after the student has successfully completed their coursework, the qualifying exam and the dissertation or applied studies proposal. The preliminary examination is a public hearing on the student’s proposal. Typically the same review team for the qualifying examination is used for the preliminary examination. The Ed.D. Faculty Governing Committee must approve the dissertation or applied studies topic prior to the preliminary examination. The entire Dissertation or Applied Studies Committee must be present during the preliminary examination and approve the proposal unanimously. The oral presentation will be open to other interested faculty and students.

     

    Dissertation/Applied Studies Project (9 hrs)
    A student will become a candidate for the Ed.D. degree after completing the required coursework with a minimum GPA of “B” and after passing both qualifying as well as preliminary examinations. At this point, the student will be allowed to pursue the dissertation or applied studies work.

    The student must submit a written copy of the dissertation or applied studies project to the dissertation/applied studies committee for approval before the oral defense will be scheduled. All members of the dissertation or applied studies committee are responsible for reading the dissertation or applied studies documents and submitting their written evaluations to the committee chair at least a week prior to the defense.

  • Admission is on a yearly-basis only.  Materials must be submitted in full by March 1, annually.

    Learn more about application forms and admission information

Concentration Areas

Students will complete 24 credits in one of the three concentration areas that will specifically target their professional interests.

  • The concentration in Educational Leadership provides students the ability to develop the leadership and administrative skills needed to identify, solve and anticipate the challenges facing Michigan schools and community colleges.

    Students in the Educational Leadership concentration can complete the program and be recommended to the Michigan Department of Education for the MDE-required Central Office Administrator Certificate for educators in or aspiring to a K-12 district central office leadership position.

    Course Requirements:

  • The concentration in Metropolitan Education prepares students to assume leadership positions in metropolitan school systems and other educational agencies with a focus on the historical, political, economic and socio-cultural context of communities and schools.

    Learn about Course Requirements

  • Become subject area leaders and/or a curriculum specialist. This is a flexible concentration that may include any of the disciplines in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services such as mathematics, science, literacy, social studies, early childhood education and English as a Second Language.

    Learn about Course Requirements

Academic Advisors

Christopher Burke

Chris Burke, Ph.D.
cjfburke@umich.edu
313-593-5319, C19 FCS

Schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Burke.

Bonnie Beyer, academic advisor Educational Leadership

Bonnie Beyer, Ph.D.
beyer@umich.edu
313-593-5583, C23 FCS

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Beyer, please email her directly.