Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program Apart?

The EdD program at UM-Flint prepares you to become a confident, inspiring, and effective administrator in K-12 or higher education. Discover how our well-rounded program will help you achieve your greatest goals.

GOAL-SPECIFIC

UM-Flint’s Doctor of Education program is specifically designed for K-12 educators looking to build upon their background and skills, and for those interested in administration roles in higher education. The program also prepares administrators at the building level who are interested in a central office position in Human Relations, Finance, Curriculum, or as Superintendents.

FLEXIBLE FORMAT

The program’s flexible, part-time, online/weekend format is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals and facilitate their success in the program. The EdD blends online coursework with an on-campus class held one Saturday per month, and is well-paced for candidates to achieve completion within three years.

EXPERT FACULTY

All courses are taught by expert faculty who bring extensive real-world knowledge and experience to their instruction. As you complete the EdD, you’ll have access to local administration and curriculum experts who share best practices in leading classrooms and schools.

SMALL COHORTS

You’ll complete the EdD program with a small cohort of fellow students who share your passion for leadership in education. This cohort structure enables you to develop a strong support network for personal and professional development. Coursework emphasizes team-based project work that allows for networking while improving collaborative and communication skills.

U-M RESOURCES

UM-Flint is a part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, making it possible for students to tap into additional resources at the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses. 

Courses

Requirements

A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and passing grades in all courses are required.

A. Core Courses (15 credits)

  • EDL 800 - Survey of Research Theory, Design, and Methods (3)
  • EDL 801 - Educational Policy (3)
  • EDL 803 - School Law and Equity Issues (3)
  • EDL 844 - Professional Standards and Community Relations (3)
  • EDL 856 - School Finance, Business and Human Resources Management (3)

B. Research Sequence (6 credits)

One of:

  • EDL 804 - Quantitative Research Methods I & II (6)
  • EDL 805 - Qualitative Research I & II (6)

C. Comprehensive Examinations

Course study leads up to the oral comprehensive examination for the doctoral degree. A student must pass the Comprehensive Examinations before moving on to the Dissertation I. Comprehensive Exams must be passed within one year after all required core courses and research courses have been completed.

D. Dissertation (13 credits)

  • EDL 990 - Dissertation I Research and Prospectus (1-6)
  • EDL 995 - Dissertation II (1-6)

Sample Calendar

Year 1

Fall

  • EDL 800 - Survey of Research Theory, Design, and Methods (3)
  • EDL 801 - Educational Policy (3)

Winter

  • EDL 804 - Quantitative Research Methods I & II (6)
  • EDL 805 - Qualitative Research I & II (6)

Spring/Summer

  • EDL 844 - Professional Standards and Community Relations (3)
  • EDL 856 - School Finance, Business and Human Resources Management (3)

Year 2

Fall

  • EDL 803 - School Law and Equity Issues (3)

Winter/Spring/Summer

  • EDL 990 - Dissertation I Research and Prospectus (1-6)
  • EDL 995 - Dissertation II (1-6)

Year 3

Fall/Winter/Spring

Individualized dissertation research

Additional information on the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

Admission

Requirements

  • Completion of an Ed.S.
  • A minimum overall graduate school grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, or 6.0 on a 9.0 scale, or equivalent.
  • At least 3 years of work experience in a P-16 educational institution or in an education-related position.

Admission decisions will be made by the program director in consultation with the program faculty. Admission is competitive; meeting the above minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission*
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)*
  • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) from colleges and universities where graduate work was completed as well as those where you completed your bachelor's degree and/or work toward your teaching and/or administrative certifications
  • An essay of at least 1000 words describing your reasons for seeking admission to the program
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Scholarly writing sample in the form of a 10+ page research paper or equivalent published research article that will be used to assess your ability to perform scholarly research and writing
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from the following: 1) professional peer, 2) professional supervisor, 3) community leader, or 4) graduate study faculty.  All letters should speak to your academic and leadership abilities
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

*Alumni of a UM-Flint graduate program or a Rackham graduate program (any campus) may substitute the Change of Program or Dual Degree Application which requires no application fee.

Application Deadlines

Program faculty will review applications twice annually after each of the following dates:

  • April 1 (early admission*) 
  • July 1 (final deadline)

* You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.