Ed.D. in Policy, Planning, and Administration

College of Education and Social Work
Professional Core18
EDD 700Doctoral Seminar in Educational Studies3
EDD 701Social and Ethical Foundations of Education Policy Research3
EDD 702Innovation in Curriculum Development and Evaluation3
EDD 703Educating All Students in a Diverse Society3
EDD 704Political and Legal Trends in Educational Policy3
EDD 705Critical Issues in Special Education3
Research Methods12
EDD 720Educational Research Design and Measurement3
EDD 721Educational Statistics3
EDD 722Qualitative Methods for Educational Researchers3
EDD 723Quantitative Methods for Educational Researchers3
Area of Concentration12
12 credits of coursework related to candidate’s area of focus.
Comprehensive Exam 1
Prerequisites: Professional Core, Research Methods, Area of Concentration (42 earned credits).
Capstone Experience 212
EDD 801Education Research Experience I: Research Questions/ Literature Review3
EDD 802Education Research Experience II: Instrumentation and Data Collection3
EDD 803Education Research Experience III: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis3
EDD 804Education Research Experience IV: Findings and Conclusions3
Total Minimum Credits Required54

 After successful completion of the professional core, specialized content area coursework, and the research methods, candidates will sit for comprehensive examination. Candidates will be required to pass written and/or oral qualifying examinations before beginning the research project portion of the program. The qualifying exam will cover content from the core and methods courses as well as content from the specialized content area. Candidates not passing the qualifying exam on the first try will be permitted one additional attempt. 


 The EdD Capstone Experience is a series of four courses whereby students demonstrate mastery of required competencies through the completion of a final culminating independent applied research project. Candidates will conduct the project in a setting related to their area of concentration, presumably their current employment setting. The student will enroll in EDD 801-804 and select an Education Research Advisory group who will serve to provide support, feedback, and approvals throughout the Capstone Experience.  All EdD candidates will solicit participation of an Education Research Advisory group to be maintained for the entirety of the Capstone Experience EDD 801-804 (a minimum of two semesters). The advisory group shall consist of the following: 1 faculty adviser, 2 peer WCU EdD candidates, 1 WCU faculty member (external to the course), 1 Educational Agency Representative (site-based research consultant), and other education experts as approved by the faculty adviser. 

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via my WCU and consult their Graduate Coordinator.  For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.