Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Teacher Education

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About this Program

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Education program enhances the professional practice of its graduates who assume the role of scholar practitioners as classroom teachers, local curriculum specialists, and other professionals actively involved in classroom instruction, supervision, or professional development in the various areas of emphasis.  

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Education prioritizes a practitioner focus in doctoral studies in four separate emphasis areas: 

  • Early Childhood Education  
  • Elementary Education 
  • Secondary Education (with specializations in Social Studies, Mathematics, English Language Arts, or Science)  
  • Special Education 

The School of Education at the University of Mississippi is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a consortium of over 80 colleges and schools of education which have committed resources to work together to advance the understanding of the contemporary doctorate in education.

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    Program Information

    Program Type

    Doctorate Program

    Area of Study



    3 years


    Ed.D. in Education

    Program Location



    Early Childhood Education;
    Elementary Education;
    Secondary Education;
    Special Education

    Required Credit Hours


    Ed.D in Teacher Education

    The Ed.D. in Teacher Education program is designed to improve the practice of educators involved in classrooms, curriculum, or professional development. Participants take advanced courses in educational foundations, inquiry, analysis, and evaluation methods for real-world problems.

    The Ed.D. in Teacher Education requires the following courses for a minimum of 48 credit hours.

    To complete the Ed.D. in Teacher Education, students must complete:

    • 9 hours of Professional Core Courses
    • 12 hours of Specialization Courses
    • 12 hours of Inquiry & Analysis Courses
    • 15 hours of Dissertation Courses

    Professional Core Courses (9)

    • EDCI 703 Seminar on the Learner & Learning
    • EDCI 757 Improvement Science
    • EDFD 713 Education & Society

    Specialization Courses (18)

    This section is designed to meet the student's individual goals and is approved by the graduate committee.

    Inquiry & Analysis Courses (12)

    • EDRS 700 Models of Inquiry & Literature Review for Problems of Practice
    • EDRS 701 Educational Statistics II
    • EDRS 704 Foundations of Qualitative Research Methods
    • EDRS 705 Educational Research II

    Dissertation (15)

    • EDCI 787 Dissertation in Practice - Projects 1, 2, & 3

    Other Academic Requirements

    • Ed.D. in Teacher Education students are required to pass a comprehensive exam to demonstrate that they have satisfactorily mastered the body of academic material appropriate to the degree.
    • Ed.D. in Teacher Education students must complete and orally defend the Dissertation Prospectus. Upon successful defense, candidates must complete the Dissertation Study as outlined in the Dissertation Prospectus and approved by the committee.
    • The final written dissertation must be orally defended by the Doctoral student. Upon defense, the committee will evaluate the merit of the dissertation.

    For specific questions, students are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.

    Students applying to the Ed.D. in Teacher Education must meet the following requirements. Students must have:

    • A Master’s degree in a related field area with a 3.0 GPA minimum from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university
    • Full or Part-time employment in the field of education
    • A completed online Graduate School application which includes:
      • Official transcripts
      • GRE scores (less than five years old with verbal, quantitative, and writing component sub-scores)
    • 3 years teaching or relevant experience (letter from employer on letterhead)
    • Hold or be eligible to hold a valid teaching license in the content or related area
    • Two letters of recommendation signed by the recommenders. Letters of recommendation should speak to the applicant's competency to conduct rigorous, scholarly work as well as the applicant's impact on his or her professional practice
    • A personal statement (not to exceed 750 words) including responses to the following:
      • Describe a significant Problem of Practice relevant to your current context of professional practice.
        • Why is this problem important?
        • Discuss the potential underlying causes.
        • Discuss the ways in which this problem aligns with your chosen area of specialization.
    • Interview with doctoral admissions committee

    To properly complete the application process for fall admission, students must submit all application materials before the following deadlines:

    • Priority application deadline: March 1
    • Final application deadline: June 1 (with no guarantee of openings in this cycle)
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