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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 master's or 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.

EdD (Fall Start Only) application deadline - March 15, completed application file by March 30.

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.

Beginning with the Fall 2021 Cohorts, candidates for the doctoral program must complete a minimum of 61 hours (curriculum and instruction focus) or 63 hours (educational leadership focus) beyond the master’s degree. The program is built around five core areas. The academic writing core (6 hours) and research core (15 hours) form the foundation on which the doctoral program is built. The common content core (12 hours) as well as the core concentration courses provide an in-depth and advanced look at the areas affecting P-12 schools while preparing the candidate to do advanced graduate research. The dissertation core (minimum of 10 hours) supports the candidate throughout the dissertation process. Up to six hours of transfer credit beyond the master’s degree may be submitted by applicants with post-master’s credit. 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).