Doctoral Completion Program - Ed.D.

Program Highlights:

  • No GRE requirement to enroll
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • 30-credit program, including 21 credits of coursework and 9 credits of dissertation work with advising, ending in an Ed.D.
  • Competitive time to completion: 18-24 months
  • Customizable plan of study and access to research faculty
  • Access to expert academic writing and scholarly research support

Program Overview and Description:

The purpose of the Edgewood College Doctoral Completion Program is to provide the opportunity to students with advanced graduate work in an accredited education or leadership program to complete their dissertation and earn an Ed.D. We assist All But Dissertation (ABD) students in completing their dissertation, culminating in an Ed.D. degree.

We emphasize four key components with our students: 1) course work specifically focused on the dissertation, 2) research and writing guidance, 3) intensive one-on-one advising, and 4) peer support via a cohort model. The Edgewood College Doctoral Completion Program offers support, expert guidance, and a trusting community of learners with the aim of producing scholarly researchers, academic writers, and Edgewood College leaders.

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Industry Stats:

Most senior positions in education and educational administration require an Ed.D. Having an Ed.D. allows you to advance within your current organization or to acquire a new job at a school or university. Senior positions that require or prefer an Ed.D.:

  • Education Administrator (national median salary: $97,000) 
  • Associate Professor (national median salary: $75,200)
  • Academic Dean (Wisconsin median salary: $96,607)
  • Training and Development Manager (national median salary: $81,675)




Admission Requirements

Fall 2023 application deadline - The priority application deadline for the Doctoral Completion Program, Ed.D is August 1,  2023. Applications received after August 1 will be reviewed and accepted on a space-available basis.

  1. Complete and submit the Ed.D. application 
  2. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
  3. CV or resume
  4. Contact information for 3 references who can speak to the student's academic potential and professional work
  5. Admissions interview with members of the doctoral faculty

Admissions to the Doctoral Completion Program are based on a holistic assessment of prior learning, professional experience, and commitment to completion of the degree. To qualify:

  • Transcript(s) of 24 post master’s degree credits. Credits must:
    • be earned within the last 20 years
    • be doctoral-level credits earned at a regionally accredited institution
    • be in an education-related or educational leadership field (*applicants who have significant work experience in the field of education or educational leadership who earned doctoral credits in a field other than education may be considered for acceptance)
    • demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0 in doctoral-level coursework
  • Dissertation Prospectus that includes
    • a clear and supported articulation of a research problem to be examined through a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods research study
    • a description that outlines the purpose of the study
    • a description of the research method(s) that will be utilized to collect data
    • an initial plan for carrying out the study

Admission to the Doctoral Completion Program occurs on a rolling basis ending in summer, orientation happens in August, and the first-class begins in the Fall semester. 

Course Requirements

950: Education Leadership Foundations and Ethics

3 credits
This course introduces students to the Dominican ethos as it relates to students’ leadership identity, professional lives, and their doctoral work. The foundations of educational leadership are the cornerstone for this course. Students will complete the necessary ethics training for conducting research and build their expertise as it relates to academic writing and scholarly research. Students will have an opportunity to build community with their cohort members as well as become familiar the tools and resources vital to their successful completion of their dissertation.

955: Education Leadership Research Discernment

3 credits
Students are guided in making the connection between their role as an educational leader and contributing to the field of educational leadership through their dissertation research project. This course is designed to guide students as they draft the first three chapters of their dissertation. Students continue to hone their study and align the critical components of their study through instructor feedback. Students learn about and incorporate their particular research method into their prospectus. Students continue to work in writing groups, conduct peer reviews, and incorporate instructor/advisor feedback.

960: Research Methods and IRB Proposal

3 credits
Students will devote time to completing their research design, develop their instruments for collecting data, and prepare the IRB paperwork. Students will receive guidance in developing instrumentation (survey design, interview/focus group protocol, observation rubrics, etc.) Students will be introduced to Qualtrics, a survey design tool. Students will learn about the ethics of research and will develop an IRB proposal.

965: Proposal Writing and Presentation

3 credits
Students engage in continued alignment of their critical study components including problem statement, purpose statement, theoretical/conceptual framework, literature, and method. Students present a mock proposal and get feedback from cohort members to finalize their proposal. Students continue to meet in their writing groups and incorporate instructor and advisor feedback. Students end the course with a formal proposal to their committee.

970: Data Collection

3 creditsStudents continue to meet in their writing groups. Students will begin to gather their data and are supported by advisors and experts. Students incorporate committee feedback into their proposal document. Students begin to collect data, as they continue to gain knowledge and skills related to academic writing and research through attending seminars.

975: Data Analysis

3 credits
Students continue to meet in their writing groups. Students meet with research methodologist to analyze data and determine preliminary results. Students learn how to use the tools for analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data, depending on their data set, and they work with a research methodologist to analyze their data and determine results of preliminary data analysis.

980: Study Results and Discussion

3 credits
Students attend classes to work with each other, their advisors, program experts, and their peers to communicate their findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Students receive significant and substantial feedback on their findings from their advisors, committee members, and program experts to determine the conclusions and recommendations to be drawn from the data. The objectives are that students will complete their data analysis, work closely with advisors, editors, and writing groups to analyze data and communicate results.

985: Guided Dissertation Writing

3 credits
Students submit their final draft of their dissertation to the Coordinator of the dissertation process, who then sets the defense date and distributes the student’s document to the committee. Students prepare the defense presentation. Upon successful completion of the defense, students incorporate feedback from the committee to prepare their document for publication to UMI. Students will successfully defend their dissertation through a presentation to their committee members. Next, students incorporate suggested changes and submit their document for publication.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Pursuing your doctorate in education (Ed.D.) is the next step for many educators looking to expand their career opportunities. An Ed.D. not only adds to your professional qualifications but it builds your network, deepens your understanding of research methods, and strengthens your academic writing.

Some students interested in a doctorate in education question the value of earning a Ph.D. vs. an Ed.D. This article in Inside Higher Ed provides a brief comparison of the strengths of each degree.

The Chronicle of Higher Education compiles information on the salaries paid to senior administrative positions. Learn more about the compensation you might expect for various positions at higher education institutions.

Tuition and Credits

Doctoral students pay a $105 fee each term in addition to tuition. With steady enrollment and progress, students can complete the program in 18-24 months.

Tuition and Financial Aid information for doctoral programs.

Completion Equals Success

Tuition is only one factor in choosing a program. Completion rates are another important element of doctoral programs. Edgewood College boasts an 85 percent completion rate, compared to 57 percent at other institutions.

Therefore, your chances of attending Edgewood College and completing your degree are much higher, making it a smart investment of both time and money.

Our individual attention to student support helps guide each student through meaningful, engaging coursework, research, and dissertation completion.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.

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