Ed.D. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education FAQs



  • The Ed.D. Program of Study includes courses related to adolescent learning, educational research, issues and trends in secondary and middle grades education, and content-based courses. For example, if you are working toward an Ed.D. in Secondary English, you might take a course related to research on teaching writing in your Program of Study.

    The program comprises 66 total hours, including 15 hours of education and research core courses, 36 hours of secondary or middle grades major courses, 6 hours of cognate/guided electives, and 9 hours of dissertation. Read more about the program of study here.

  • No, the GRE is no longer required for admission.

  • Most of our students take two (2) graduate classes during both the fall and spring semesters and three (3) graduate classes during the summer semester. With this schedule, it would take two and a half to three (2 1/2 to 3) years to complete the coursework and one (1) more year, at least, for completing the dissertation. If you already have an Ed.S. degree when you enter the program, up to 17 credit hours may be applied to the Ed.D. program as transfer credits.

  • You are strongly encouraged to check the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Upgrade Advisor before enrolling to determine if obtaining this degree or an endorsement will lead toward a pay and/or certificate upgrade.

  • Candidates should submit their completed application packets to the Graduate School by November 1 for spring admission. ALL documents must be submitted by the deadline date to be considered for admission. You can find more information at The Graduate School's Admissions website, or you can apply online.

  • The Program Coordinator will serve as your early program advisor and recommend courses for the first few semesters. About one (1) year into the program, students should find a Dissertation Committee Chair among the faculty who have expertise in your research and/or content area. Please click here for a list of potential faculty advisors.

  • During the program, you will learn more about faculty members’ research, and you will meet several faculty members as course instructors. You will select a Dissertation Chair who shares your research interests and has expertise in either methods or content. You may find out more about faculty research interests by clicking here for a list of potential Doctoral Advisors or by finding their profiles in the faculty sections of the website or individual faculty webpages.

  • Your Dissertation Chair can assist you with finding an additional two (2) or three (3) committee members. Your potential research topic and content area influence the choice of your committee members.

  • The Bagwell College of Education has prepared a handbook as an overview for the convenience of current and prospective students in the various Doctor of Education programs. Additionally, the Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education has created an addendum to this handbook that highlights specific policies about its doctoral program.

  • Email your questions to the Ed.D. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education Program Coordinator at eddsmge@kennesaw.edu.