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

Education (Ed.D)

http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/education-edd

Education Department information  


The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Educational Leadership is designed to provide a post-Ed.S. (Education Specialist) education for practicing teachers and administrators. The 34 credit-hour, cohorted program coursework can be completed in 20 months plus work on a formal doctoral study dissertation, and is offered part-time in a dual modality of online and monthly Saturday campus residency.

The Ed.D. program is appropriate for educators who aspire to be curriculum directors at the K-12 level, administrators at the building level who are interested in a Central Office position in Human Relations, Finance, Curriculum, Assistant Superintendency or Superintendency, and individuals from both ranks with an ultimate goal of a doctoral degree.

The program offers several distinctive features which distinguish it from those of other public Michigan universities:

  • Cohorted program
  • Opportunity to specialize in Executive Leadership and Curriculum Leadership
  • Comprehesive exams relevant to individualized dissertation research
  • Mixed-mode format; online with monthly Saturday residencies. Comprehensive exams and relevant to individualized dissertation research
  • Utilization of local (Genesee County) administration and curriculum experts
  • Prepares the scholar/practitioner by combining scholarly work with real-world exposure and experience and authentic assessments
  • Authentic key assessments

Admission Requirements

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

Admission decisions are made by the program director in consultation with the program faculty. The requirements above are necessary, but not necessarily sufficient for admission; admission is not guaranteed. Depending upon the program size in any given year, admission may be competitive.

Application Process

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

  1. Application for Graduate Admission (available online at http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms)*
  2. $55 application fee (non-refundable)*
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities where graduate work was completed as well as those where the bachelor’s degree was completed and/or work toward teaching and/or administrative certifications.
  4. An essay of at least 1000 words describing the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission to the program.
  5. A resume or curriculum vitae.
  6. A scholarly writing sample in the form of a research paper of 10 or more pages or equivalent published research article that will be used to assess ability to perform scholarly research and writing.
  7. 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 the applicant’s academic and leadership abilities.

*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 review applications twice annually after each of the following dates:

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

A one-hour in-person or electronic interview may be scheduled at the discretion of the faculty.

Curriculum

The program consists of four components:

  • The first component is a set of five core courses, totaling 15 credit hours.
  • The second component consists of coursework in either advanced qualitative or advanced quantitative research methods. This component takes place in the second semester of study.
  • The third component is an oral comprehensive exam (3 credits). The comprehensive exam is designed to check students for overall leadership knowledge, skills, and dispositions. The exam is taken after the first three semesters of coursework during the fall semester of year two of the program, while the candidate completes the School Law and Equity Issues course.
  • The fourth and final component is the dissertation, which comprises the final 13 credit hours. Students take Dissertation I (2 credits) to define their problem statement and begin their dissertation’s first three chapters under faculty guidance as a cohort. The final Dissertation II (11 credits) begins as early as the spring of year two of the program and is the more typical independent work. It is expected that students will complete the final dissertation by summer of the third year. A fourth year is acceptable within the typical timeline. Extensions beyond this time must be appealed in writing and granted on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See Education (EDU)  and Graduate Study  for additional rules and regulations pertaining to Education Department graduate programs.

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.


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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.