Doctorate in Education in Professional Educational Practice

The Doctorate in Education in Professional Educational Practice (EdD), is in line with the call from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to offer advanced degrees in professional practice that are distinct from doctoral research degrees in education. These advanced degree EdD programs are aimed at preparing professionals for leadership roles through application of research, assessment, and evaluation in education settings.

The EdD is a WASC accredited doctoral degree program and envisions for program graduates to become educational leaders who work collaboratively, apply research and theory, reflect critically and ethically, and utilize broad, interdisciplinary perspectives to recognize, create, advocate, implement, evaluate, and enhance spaces of social justice across Hawaiʻi and beyond.

The EdD is in line with reforms to doctoral education advocated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the following organizations:

  • the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions (CADREI)
  • the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • the American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • the University Council on Educational Administration (UCEA),
  • and leading experts in the field.

Who should consider this program

The program invites educational (P-20) and community leaders who are seeking a doctorate that advances social justice initiatives to improve the lives of learners.