Education Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (Ed.D)
The Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) is consistent with the goals in all Teaching and Learning graduate programs at Piedmont College. It is designed to develop distinguished, contributing leaders in the field of education. The primary focus of the Ed.D program is to facilitate transformational change of individuals and schools by preparing teacher leaders, other school professionals, and school administrators for the challenges of our rapidly changing world. The program will also serve to prepare educators for various roles in college and university teaching and in research and leadership positions in other educational institutions. Additionally, the doctoral program allows candidates to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge base of theoretical and pedagogical issues relating to curriculum and instruction through adding new knowledge about their fields.
Candidates for the Ed.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction are expected to engage in independent learning throughout their program. Research toward, and the ultimate completion of, the doctoral dissertation are primary examples of independent learning. Independent learning is a key component in many courses in which the aim is the development of analytical skills and critical thinking. Developing the ability to think independently leads to strengthened learning communities.
The components of the doctoral program include course work, field experience, research, and writing, culminating in the dissertation process. Candidates may earn the Specialist Degree equivalency after successful completion of the area I coursework and other requirements as indicated in the program description. The Ed.D. degree requirements include a minimum of 57 hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree and nine hours minimum of dissertation credit.
Candidates who have earned the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) from Piedmont College may apply to the Ed.D. program and may transfer credit toward area I coursework requirements. Up to six hours of transfer credit beyond the master’s degree may be submitted by applicants with post master’s credit from other institutions. All transfer credit is subject to approval by the Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning and by the Registrar.