Doctor of Education (EdD)
The Doctor of Education degree (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Leadership is the highest professional degree offered by Piedmont College. Individuals with a specialist's degree from an accredited college or university may wish to pursue course work which will enhance their instructional skills and/or prepare them for leadership roles in their schools or school districts or for college-level teaching.
The Doctor of Education degree (EdD) is aligned with the goals in all graduate programs at Piedmont College. It is designed to develop eminent leaders in the field of education. The primary focus of the EdD 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 teaching and learning and/or educational leadership through adding new knowledge about their fields.
Candidates for the EdD degree 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, extensive field experience, research, and writing, culminating in the dissertation process. The EdD 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 (EdS) degree from Piedmont College may apply to the EdD program and may apply 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 Director of Doctoral Studies and by the Registrar.
The Doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as in Educational Leadership, is an approved program by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools] (SACS).