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Program at a Glance

Delivery Format – Gadsden

Tuition per Hour – $420

Application Deadline – April 1 – summer cohort, July 1 – fall cohort, November 1 – spring cohort

Number of Credit Hours – 72-75

Fees – $10 graduate College of Education fee (per hour)

Required Entrance – Master’s degree or EdS in relevant field

*Test scores are waived for the Fall 2020 application semesters.

Overview

The doctor of education is the highest professional degree program option available to educators. Programs at the doctoral level are designed to prepare advanced practitioners for key leadership positions in K-12 schools and school systems as well as for professorships in institutions of higher education.

The EdD in Elementary Education and EdD in Secondary Education programs are the ideal choice for elementary and secondary education teachers who are committed to advancing their own education in order to better serve their students. A focus on research gives educators pursuing the doctoral degree the opportunity to understand theory and develop strategies to increase student success in the classroom.

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Curriculum – EdD in Elementary Education

The core courses of the EdD program include:

  • CIE 605 Comparative and International Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • CIE 610 Effective Teaching Concepts and Processes
  • CIE 630 Curriculum for the Classroom Teacher
  • CIE 640 Seminar in Teacher Education Processes
  • CIE 650 Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education
  • CIE 660 Cognitive Perspectives on Teaching & Learning in K-12 Curriculum
  • CIE 670 Critical Inquiry into Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • CIE 645 Teaching and Learning Communities
  • CEE/CSE 690 Advanced Seminar

The plan of study for an EdD in Elementary Education includes 36 semester hours in the major field of study (CIE, CEE, CRD) including 12 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of research courses, 12 credit hours of foundations courses, and a minimum of 12 credit hours of dissertation research.

Doctoral students must also pass a written, take-home comprehensive examination and fulfill residency requirements by completing 24 graduate hours while continuously enrolled for a period of 24 months.


Curriculum – EdD in Secondary Education

The core courses of the EdD program include:

  • CIE 605 Comparative and International Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • CIE 610 Effective Teaching Concepts and Processes
  • CIE 630 Curriculum for the Classroom Teacher
  • CIE 640 Seminar in Teacher Education Processes
  • CIE 650 Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education
  • CIE 660 Cognitive Perspectives on Teaching & Learning in K-12 Curriculum
  • CIE 670 Critical Inquiry into Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • CIE 645 Teaching and Learning Communities
  • CEE/CSE 690 Advanced Seminar

The plan of study for an EdD in Secondary Education is comprised of 60 hours of coursework and a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation. Coursework includes 27 credit hours in the major field of study including 12 hours of core courses, 24 credit hours in a major area of specialization, 12 credit hours of research courses, 12 credit hours of foundations courses, and a minimum of 12 credits hours of dissertation research.

Doctoral students must also pass a written, take-home comprehensive examination and fulfill residency requirements by completing 24 graduate hours while continuously enrolled for a period of 24 months.

Admission – EdD in Elementary Education

To be considered for regular admission to the EdD in Elementary Education, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum score of 300 on the GRE*
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.0 average for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • At least three years of teaching experience

*Test scores are waived for the Summer and Fall 2020 application semesters.

A completed UA Graduate School application package includes:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Graduate School application
  • Valid test score

In addition, submit the following materials to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Declaration of intention and letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation (may be the same letters submitted to the Graduate School)
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Two writing samples
  • Participation in a screening interview

Find instructions here on applying to The University of Alabama Graduate School.

Application Deadline:

  • April 1
  • July 1
  • November 1

Admission – EdD in Secondary Education

To be considered for regular admission to the EdD in Secondary Education, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum score of 300 on the GRE*
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.0 average for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • At least three years of teaching experience

*Test scores are waived for the Summer and Fall 2020 application semesters.

A completed UA Graduate School application package includes:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • Graduate School application
  • Valid test score

In addition, submit the following materials to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

  • Declaration of intention and letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation (may be the same letters submitted to the Graduate School)
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • One writing sample

Find instructions here on applying to The University of Alabama Graduate School.

Application Deadline:

  • April 1
  • July 1
  • November 1

Contact

For questions about the program, please contact:

Dr. Cynthia Sunal
cvsunal@.ua.edu
(205) 348-8264

For questions related to the Gadsden Center, programs, facilities, support, or general inquiries, please contact:

gadsdeninfo@bama.ua.edu
(256) 546-2886

For questions related to Alabama teacher certification contact:

Pam Logsdon
pflogsdon@ccs.ua.edu

For questions related to registration contact:

Donna Pickard
dpickard@ccs.ua.edu