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Online Ed.D

3-Year Program

We understand the importance of online flexibility for busy, working professionals and we are strongly committed to a meaningful education experience. That’s why we developed an online Ed.D. that feels like a face-to-face learning experience – complete with the academic rigor and quality instruction that people expect from College of Saint Mary.

The Ed.D. is offered online as a cohort program, which means you take classes with the same group of people as interested in moving up in their careers as you are. All classes are online with opportunities to connect virtually with faculty and peers. And of course, we will always be happy to have you on campus!

  • Learn conveniently ONLINE!
  • Immerse yourself in the 3-year and 5-year program of study and relevant courses on curriculum, assessment and quality improvement, teaching and learning theories and concepts, leadership in educational organizations, and more. 
  • Participate in virtual meetings with peers and faculty in order to enhance that face-to-face feel in our online program.
  • Gain support and assistance from caring and knowledgeable professors in all of your courses.
  • Complete your dissertation through a series of research courses that guide you through the process and help you complete your dissertation in a timely manner.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Ed.D Plan of Study: 3-Year Program

3-Year Program of Study

Course Descriptions 

First Year

Fall Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6 

  • Session I: EDL 811 Doctoral Seminar I (1), EDL 845 Teaching and Learning Theories (2)
  • Session II: EDL 821 Curriculum, Assessment, and Quality Improvement
     

Spring Semester

Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Session I: EDL 812 Doctoral Seminar II (1), EDL 856 Adult Learning Theories
  • Session II: EDL 866 Qualitative Research
     

Summer Semester

Total Credit Hours: 7

  • EDL 824 Ethics in Educational Leadership (1)
  • EDL 864 Quantitative Research
  • EDU 837 Technology Leadership OR EDL 855 Teaching and Learning Concepts
     

Second Year

Fall Semester

Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Session I: EDL 813 Doctoral Seminar III (1), EDL 842 Advanced Statistics
  • Session II: EDL 823 Leadership in Educational Organizations
     

Spring Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6

  • Session I: EDL 879 Educational Leadership Practicum
  • Session I and Session II: EDL 869 Dissertation Readings

Comprehensive Examination

Summer Semester

Total Credit Hours: 3

  • EDL 959 Research Proposal I: Generating a Research Proposal
     

Third Year

Fall Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6

  • Session I: EDL 969 Research Proposal II: Data Gathering/Analysis

Research Proposal Approval Meeting and IRB Approval

Spring Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6

  • EDL 999 Dissertation (6 hours)
     

Summer Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6

  • EDL 999 Dissertation 6 credits (You can take 3 in the summer and 3 in the fall if needed)

Dissertation Submitted, Oral Defense

*All courses are 3 credit hours unless indicated.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

For information about graduate classes, see the college graduate catalog.

 

The Assurance of Accreditation

College of Saint Mary is approved to offer online programming by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). College of Saint Mary is authorized to deliver online programs and courses to students residing in the United States, excluding U.S. territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. If you have questions about enrolling in the online program, contact enroll [at] csm.edu (Enrollment Services).

 

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • Completed application for College of Saint Mary’s Ed.D. program
  • Official transcripts from institution/s accredited to award master’s degree/s
  • Cumulative master's level GPA of at least 3.0
  • Scholarly writing sample that demonstrates the ability to do graduate level work
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resumé
  • Two letters of recommendation by qualified persons acquainted with applicant’s scholarly and professional work, achievements and potential for leadership

Academic Description

Online Ed.D

3-Year Program

We understand the importance of online flexibility for busy, working professionals and we are strongly committed to a meaningful education experience. That’s why we developed an online Ed.D. that feels like a face-to-face learning experience – complete with the academic rigor and quality instruction that people expect from College of Saint Mary.

The Ed.D. is offered online as a cohort program, which means you take classes with the same group of people as interested in moving up in their careers as you are. All classes are online with opportunities to connect virtually with faculty and peers. And of course, we will always be happy to have you on campus!

  • Learn conveniently ONLINE!
  • Immerse yourself in the 3-year and 5-year program of study and relevant courses on curriculum, assessment and quality improvement, teaching and learning theories and concepts, leadership in educational organizations, and more. 
  • Participate in virtual meetings with peers and faculty in order to enhance that face-to-face feel in our online program.
  • Gain support and assistance from caring and knowledgeable professors in all of your courses.
  • Complete your dissertation through a series of research courses that guide you through the process and help you complete your dissertation in a timely manner.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

College of Saint Mary is approved to offer online programming by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). College of Saint Mary is authorized to deliver online programs and courses to students residing in the United States, excluding U.S. territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. If you have questions about enrolling in the online program, contact enroll [at] csm.edu (Enrollment Services).

 

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • Completed application for College of Saint Mary’s Ed.D. program
  • Official transcripts from institution/s accredited to award master’s degree/s
  • Cumulative master's level GPA of at least 3.0
  • Scholarly writing sample that demonstrates the ability to do graduate level work
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resumé
  • Two letters of recommendation by qualified persons acquainted with applicant’s scholarly and professional work, achievements and potential for leadership

Curriculum

Ed.D Plan of Study: 3-Year Program

3-Year Program of Study

Course Descriptions 

First Year

Fall Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6 

  • Session I: EDL 811 Doctoral Seminar I (1), EDL 845 Teaching and Learning Theories (2)
  • Session II: EDL 821 Curriculum, Assessment, and Quality Improvement
     

Spring Semester

Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Session I: EDL 812 Doctoral Seminar II (1), EDL 856 Adult Learning Theories
  • Session II: EDL 866 Qualitative Research
     

Summer Semester

Total Credit Hours: 7

  • EDL 824 Ethics in Educational Leadership (1)
  • EDL 864 Quantitative Research
  • EDU 837 Technology Leadership OR EDL 855 Teaching and Learning Concepts
     

Second Year

Fall Semester

Total Credit Hours: 7

  • Session I: EDL 813 Doctoral Seminar III (1), EDL 842 Advanced Statistics
  • Session II: EDL 823 Leadership in Educational Organizations
     

Spring Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6

  • Session I: EDL 879 Educational Leadership Practicum
  • Session I and Session II: EDL 869 Dissertation Readings

Comprehensive Examination

Summer Semester

Total Credit Hours: 3

  • EDL 959 Research Proposal I: Generating a Research Proposal
     

Third Year

Fall Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6

  • Session I: EDL 969 Research Proposal II: Data Gathering/Analysis

Research Proposal Approval Meeting and IRB Approval

Spring Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6

  • EDL 999 Dissertation (6 hours)
     

Summer Semester

Total Credit Hours: 6

  • EDL 999 Dissertation 6 credits (You can take 3 in the summer and 3 in the fall if needed)

Dissertation Submitted, Oral Defense

*All courses are 3 credit hours unless indicated.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

For information about graduate classes, see the college graduate catalog.