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School of Education: Doctor of Education in Learning and Leading
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Learning and Leading
Portland, Oregon (On-Campus)
EdD Program Overview and StrengthsCredits and Length: The 51-credit cohort program is designed to be completed in 3 years. Students enroll in 5-6 credits in 3 contiguous semesters (summer, fall, spring) during 3 consecutive years of study. Part-time options may be planned individually based on consultation and transfer credit. Career goals will determine the best track for each student.
Integration of a Leadership and Learning Concentration: EdD candidates select one of the following 15-credit concentrations to integrate into their program:
State-of-the-Art EdD Core Curriculum: All students complete a 21-credit common curriculum that bridges theory, best practices, and applied research for immediate impact on the profession.
EdD Program of Study and Concentrations
The Prospectus and Dissertation Process
Program Admission and Application
An earned master’s degree in education or a related field from a nationally accredited institution is required for admission to the program.
To be considered for admission, the items listed below must be submitted to the Graduate School. Please note that only completed applications will be reviewed.
2. Official Transcripts
An official transcript sent directly to the University of Portland Graduate School showing all college credit attempted and/or completed from each college and university previously attended. (Note: Transcripts from foreign universities must be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic. Please contact the Graduate School at email@example.com or 503-943-7107 with questions). Evidence of possession of a master’s degree from a nationally accredited institution is required. All official transcripts submitted become the property of the University and cannot be copied or returned to the applicant.
3. Three Essays
Candidates are required to write three essays. The doctoral program essay topics and instructions are listed below and on the EdD Essay Form. Essays may be submitted electronically (email attachment or as part of the online application).
EdD in Learning and Leading Essay Questions:
1. Each candidate brings his or her own set of personal and professional goals to the selection of a doctoral program. What are your goals? Provide an analysis of how those goals match the University of Portland’s Learning and Leading doctoral program. Limit your response to no more than 500 words.
2. Discuss an area of professional interest that might become a topic of study within your doctoral program. Why is this area of study of interest to you? What contributions might your research make to the profession? Support your discussion with citations and references. Limit your response to no more than 1500 words.
3. The expectation of the doctoral program is a continuous commitment until program completion. Discuss how you will accommodate the schedule and rigorous academic expectations of the program. Limit your response to no more than 500 words.
4. Two Letters of Recommendation
We require two letters of recommendation to assess your ability to integrate research and theory, your potential for successful and timely degree completion, and your ability to provide ethical leadership for the field. The appropriate Recommendation Cover Sheet must accompany letters from the recommender.
Please note: All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School. To begin your application, go to the Graduate School's website. You are encouraged to complete your application as early as possible!
Qualified applicants with completed applications may be invited to interview with members of the School of Education School faculty. Applicants who are invited to an interview will be required to write an on-demand essay.
Candidates accepted into the program are expected to have their own computer and access to the Internet.
The next EdD cohort will begin in Summer (June) 2016.
Review of completed applications began on November 1, 2015 for entry in Summer (June) 2016. We will continue to review applications through Spring 2016 until the June 2016 cohort is full; however, applications will close on April 22, 2016.
EdD Information Sessions:
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
All sessions are held 6pm-7pm in the Franz Hall Murphy Conference Room (#426).
For more information or to RSVP:
Graduate Program Specialist