2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Oct 24, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Collaborative High Impact Instruction, Ed.D.

This professional doctorate in education will prepare participants to apply evidence-based, high-impact educational practices in order to affect change in divers educational communities. The program will focus on the development of culturally responsive and inclusive skills in collaboration, partnership development, application of translational research, using assessment data to inform instruction and integration of technology and teaching.

Student cohort groups of 10-12 will be formed each Summer semester to complete this 51 hour program over a 2 ½ to 3 year period. Applications will be accepted year round and must be received within five weeks of the start of summer classes. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the graduate level.


To be considered for admission to the Ed.D. program candidates will complete the following:

  • Submit transcripts from Masters-level work completed
  • Submit three letters of recommendation which speak to the candidate’s ability to do doctoral work
  • Complete an essay to be submitted as part of the application, which should include the applicant’s rationale for an Ed.D., a rationale for this particular program, an explanation of how the degree will influence professional impact and how the applicant hopes to be using the degree in 10 years.
  • Complete an on-campus interview.

Two Courses from One Emphasis Area (6 credits)

Dissertation (up to 12 credits)

Residency Requirement for Certification

The student must complete a minimal residency requirement of 24 credit hours plus the required student teaching or field experience required by the department in which his/her program is held. Within these minimum credit hours, a candidate must complete at least six hours of discipline-specific coursework (excluding methods courses) appropriate to the area of certification sought.

Background Checks

Most school districts require that any individual who teaches, supervises, or has access to students in a school undergo a criminal background check. This will include an open records check, a check for child abuse/neglect and possibly an FBI fingerprint screening. Some districts also require a TB screening. Students will be required to obtain a background check upon declaring themselves a candidate for teacher education. Students are responsible for keeping background checks current in order to avoid exclusion from clinical sites, practicum sites and student teaching. Costs for background checks will be borne by the individual student. Questions regarding background checks should be directed to the Teacher Certification Officer in East 235.

Post Baccalaureate Certification

Post-Baccalaureate students should refer to the section on the Master of Arts in Teaching  degree above and the catalog section title, Teacher Certification at Fontbonne University  immediately following this graduate section. Fontbonne University is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer certification programs in elementary education (grades 1-6); special education (K-12 cross categorical); middle school (mathematics, science, social studies and language arts); and secondary (art K-12, biology, mathematics, social science, language arts, and speech/theatre). Those wishing to work toward certification in speech/theatre or deaf education should contact the fine arts or Communication Disorders/Deaf Education, respectively.

Dual Undergraduate/Graduate Enrollment

In order to be eligible for dual enrollment, a student must be classified as a senior (a minimum of 90 credit hours earned) and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

A maximum of nine graduate credit hours taken during dual enrollment may be applied to the total required for the master’s degree. These credits may not be included in the 120 hours required for the undergraduate degree. Students dually enrolled will retain classified status as undergraduates and will be enrolled as unclassified graduate students.

Unclassified Status

Students who wish to complete coursework without entering a degree program may do so by making application for unclassified graduate status. Unclassified students will receive advisement related to their professional goals as needed. Students in this status are, however, not eligible for financial aid. A maximum of 12 hours earned under the unclassified status may be applied to the Master of Arts degree. (See also: Dual Undergraduate/ Graduate Enrollment below.)

Educators’ Discount

Educators who are employed at least half-time in a school setting, preschool through higher education, are eligible for a fifteen (15%) percent discount on graduate tuition. Students must reapply each semester in order to be eligible for this discount. Forms are available online or in hard copy.

Re-Enrollment Upon Completion of a Graduate Degree in the Department of Education/Special Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is established for pre-service teachers seeking initial certification. The Master of Arts degree in Education  is established for teachers who wish to earn a degree for professional development. Therefore, those completing the Master of Arts degree in Education  may not re-enroll for the Master of Arts in Teaching  degree. Those completing the Master of Arts in Teaching  degree may apply for admission to the Master of Arts degree in Education . Those making application must be able to plan a full 33 hour program with his/her graduate advisor. See other departments in the catalog for additional degrees offered at Fontbonne.