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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Become an Academic Leader.
Radford University's Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) is designed to prepare educators to lead responsively and equitably in complex times. Whether you aspire to be a superintendent, administrator, or other organizational leader, we invite you to join us for the next step in your career. Student learning is framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice in education and community organizations.
This 63 credit hour program includes courses in Practitioner Inquiry, Educational Leadership, Social Justice, Field Experiences, and Elective choices and is designed to be completed in three years as a part-time student.
Radford University is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate. We are committed to the Guiding Principles that frame the Professional doctorate in education:
- Our program is fully online and practitioner-focused providing convenience and flexibility for working professionals and can be completed in three years taking courses part-time.
- Prepares leaders who can construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
- We use the latest in collaborative online technologies and modes of learning to give you the benefits of a traditional face-to-face program.
- Our program offers seven-week courses allowing you to focus on one course at a time and still complete two courses each semester.
- Our students complete a dissertation in practice that utilizes improvement science to address problems of practice.
- Our program meets the Virginia licensure requirements for the superintendency.
- Is grounded in and develops a professional knowledge base that integrates both practical and research knowledge, that links theory with systemic and systematic inquiry.
See Program Requirements provided in the University Graduate Catalog.
Note for applicants:
We begin a new cohort in January of each year. Applications are accepted from March 1 until November 1 for each cohort.
- A master's degree, in any field, from an accredited program;
- An official transcript from each college or university from which you have earned a degree or post-baccalaureate credits. An unofficial transcript is sufficient from all institutions where transfer credit was earned and may be uploaded directly to the application;
- Three letters of reference addressing your potential as a doctoral student; one must be from a current or most recent employer and one must be from a professor or instructor familiar with applicant’s academic work;
- Writing sample of no more than 1,500 words that addresses the following:
- your purpose for pursuing a doctoral degree,
- an issue or problem in your school or district that you believe can be addressed by applied research skills and scholarly inquiry,
- scholars and educational leaders who have influenced your thinking and practice, and
- your understanding of how doctoral education can help you lead educational change and bring necessary knowledge to bear on the needs of schools and communities.
- An admission interview with the program coordinator will be requested of qualified candidates.
Students can focus on one course at a time and still complete two courses per semester.
The Ed. D. program is convenient and flexible for working professionals. Our latest collaboration software allows for "face-to-face" engagement with faculty and cohort members.
Ed. D. program courses, field experience and research are directly connected to solving complex problems of practice in schools.
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Theresa Burriss
Office: Cook Hall 228