2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Collaborative High Impact Instruction, Ed.D.

This online professional doctorate in education (Ed.D.) will prepare participants to apply evidence-based, high-impact educational practices in order to affect change in diverse 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 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 interview with the director of the Ed.D. program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will construct and apply knowledge regarding evidence-based, high-impact educational practices designed to affect change in diverse educational communities.  
  • Students will develop and demonstrate collaboration and communication skills related to partnership development using culturally responsive and inclusive mindsets.  
  • Students will analyze problems of practice by learning and applying translational research, and by using assessment data to inform instructional practices.  
  • Students will complete and defend a dissertation grounded in professional knowledge that integrates research knowledge with systematic inquiry. 

Two Courses from One Emphasis Area (6 credits)

Advanced Research for the Diverse Learner and Family Engagement Emphasis

Special Research Topics as Problems of Practice Emphasis

Dissertation (up to 12 credits)