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What kinds of courses are included in the program of study?
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.
Is the GRE required for program admission?
Yes, recent GRE scores (within the last five years) are required to complete your admissions packet. Please search online for opportunities to take the GRE examination.
How long will it take me to complete the program?
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.
Will I receive a certificate or pay upgrade after completing this degree?
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.
When should I submit my application for admission to the Graduate School?
Candidates should submit their completed application packets to the Graduate School by April 1 for summer admission and July 1 for fall 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.
Who will be my advisor?
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.
How can I determine who will be my Dissertation Chair?
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.
How can I find additional committee members?
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.
Who should I contact for more information about the Ed.D. in Secondary Education or the Ed.D. in Middle Grades Education?
Email your questions to the Ed.D. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.