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Doctorate of Education

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Location: Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Degree Program

Doctorate of Education

 Concentrations (Specializations/Cognates) are offered from the following departments:

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Teacher Education
  • Special Education

Educational Administration and Leadership

  • Educational Leadership (K-12)
  • Educational and Organizational Leadership
  • Student Affairs

Educational and School Psychology

  • Educational Psychology (Non-License Eligible)
  • Counseling Psychology (Psychologist License Eligible)

Additional Concentration (Cognate) available

  • Research Methods
  • Organizational Learning and Effectiveness

Admissions Requirement

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the last 60 units of college or post-baccalaureate work
  2. An appropriate degree from an accredited university (masters for admission to doctoral programs).
  3. A completed application portfolio to the Graduate School, an essay following departmental guidelines; official transcripts from all college-level coursework including official verification of the awarding of degrees; and three letters of recommendation that attests to the candidate’s ability to undertake doctoral studies.
  4. Departmental interviews are required for the EdD program.
  5. Evidence of qualities and character in keeping with the philosophy and standards of this University and the School of Education.
  6. Some programs may have additional requirements. Please contact the Department Chair for that program for additional information.

For experienced educators who desire to prepare for positions as supervisors, consultants, vice principals, principals, or district office staff, the School of Education offers programs meeting the requirements for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. The credential programs may be combined with the master’s degree or the doctorate in education.

Program Stages

The successful completion of EDUC 356 (Option A) or EDUC 327 (Option B) with the production of a quality problem statement and literature review advances the student to Doctoral Candidacy.

Dissertation

An acceptable dissertation must be based on an original investigation. It must present either a contribution to knowledge and/or understanding, or an application of existing knowledge to the candidate’s special field of study. The dissertation must be submitted by the appropriate deadlines as stated in the current Graduate Academic Calendar. As noted above, students admitted to the EdD program in the Benerd School of Education require a minimum of 2 units and maximum of 5 units of Dissertation units (EDUC 399) that are completed after the dissertation proposal has been completed.

Period of Candidacy

The maximum time allowed for completion of an EdD program is governed by the following: All requirements for the Doctor of Education degree must be completed within nine years after the first day of the semester of enrollment in EdD coursework at Pacific as a provisionally admitted doctoral student. Failure to complete within nine years requires the student to petition the department and the Graduate School for continuation in the doctoral program. If the petition is approved, the student will be required to register for five additional units of EDUC 399 Dissertation. Students who do not meet these deadlines are dropped from the doctoral program.

Final Oral Examination

A final oral examination, conducted by the candidate’s dissertation committee, is held in accordance to the deadline established by the Graduate School. This oral exam concerns itself with the candidate’s dissertation. Supplemental information is available in the Benerd School of Education department offices.

Semester Hour Requirements

A minimum of 56 doctoral units is required for the EdD degree. Some (usually no more than 6) post master degree units may be approved by petition for transfer from another university and count toward the 56 doctoral units.

Credit value of the dissertation: Not less than 2 nor more than 5 units.

Grade Point Average Requirements

Grade point average of at least 3.0 in all work taken while in graduate studies is required. Preferably this should be 3.5.

Minimum Residence

The period of residence work represents an opportunity to secure additional competency in the area of specialization as well as the development of an acceptable dissertation. Residency requirement can be met by taking 18 units of coursework within 12 calendar months.

Courses Outside the Field of Education

Related graduate courses outside the field of education may count towards the EdD upon prior approval of the advisor and the Dean of the School of Education.

Doctorate of Education

The Doctorate of Education (EdD) requires a minimum of 56 units with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.0.  Students must complete the doctoral core courses as well as a dissertation proposal and defense.

Based upon state and federal laws, additional units and requirements may be necessary for those students electing to earn a credential, certification or license along with the graduate degree (e.g., teaching credential, administration credential, licensed educational psychologist, or licensed psychologist).  Students interested in earning a credential, certification or license should work closely with advisor and credential staff.  Student may choose to specialize in one or more areas.  Students will be required to complete a dissertation at the conclusion of the program.

I. Core

Option A - A minimum of 21 units. Required option for all concentrations with the exception of Educational Psychology and Specialization in Counseling Psychology.

EDUC 202Statistical Thinking and Communication3
EDUC 322Qualitative Research Design and Methods3
EDUC 325Quantitative Research Design and Methods3
EDUC 352Applied Inquiry I3
EDUC 354Applied Inquiry II3
EDUC 356Applied Inquiry III3
EDUC 358Applied Inquiry IV3

Option B - A minimum of 21 units. Required for Educational Psychology and Specialization in Counseling Psychology concentrations.

EDUC 201Techniques of Research3
EDUC 202Statistical Thinking and Communication3
EDUC 304Program Evaluation3
EDUC 325Quantitative Research Design and Methods3
EDUC 326Applied Multiple Regression3
EDUC 327Structural Equation Modeling3
EDUC 352Applied Inquiry I3

II.  Research and Dissertation

(Minimum 5 units)
EDUC 399Doctoral Dissertation2-5
Education Electives related to Dissertation at 200-300 level0-3

III.  Concentrations

Students may elect to specialize in one or more specific areas.  In order to earn a concentration (specialization and/or cognate), students must fulfill the general requirements listed above as well as specific concentration (specialization and/or cognate) requirements listed below.  A single course may be used to fulfill requirements in two or more specializations and/or cognates.

Students interested in earning a credential or license along with the degree will need to fulfill specific requirements as mandated by state and national governing organizations.  In order to ensure these requirements are fulfilled, the student must work closely with an academic advisor and the credential staff in the Benerd School of Education.

Specialization Concentrations

Educational Leadership (K-12)
Select 18 units from the following Specialization courses:18
Educational Organization and Diverse Constituencies
Education Law and Legal Processes
School Finance and Business Administration
Educational Leadership
Administration of Human Resources
Seminar: Educational Planning, Delivery, Assessment
Seminar: Trends, Issues and Dynamics of Change
Seminar: Ethics, Law and Finance
Seminar: Administration of Instructional Programs
Seminar: Educational Policy Making and Politics
Seminar: Communication and Public Relations in Education
Seminar: Cultural Diversity and Educational Administration
Seminar: Administering Complex Organizations
Seminar: District Office Administration
Program and Organization Evaluation
Economics of Education
Educational and Organizational Leadership
Select 18 units from the following Specialization courses:18
Seminar: Trends, Issues and Dynamics of Change
Seminar: Personnel Issues
Seminar: Educational Policy Making and Politics
Seminar: Administration of Higher Education
Seminar: Cultural Diversity and Educational Administration
Seminar: Administering Complex Organizations
Program and Organization Evaluation
Innovation in Organizational Leadership
Law in Higher Education
Leadership in Higher Education
Student Affairs
EDUC 375Advanced Student Development Theory3
EDUC 376Critical and Contemporary Issues in Student Affairs3
Select 12 units from the following Specialization courses:12
Seminar: Trends, Issues and Dynamics of Change
Seminar: Personnel Issues
Seminar: Educational Policy Making and Politics
Seminar: Administration of Higher Education
Seminar: Cultural Diversity and Educational Administration
Law in Higher Education
Leadership in Higher Education
Special Education
Select 18 units from the following Specialization courses:18
Program Evaluation
Advanced Programming for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Advanced Programming for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Positive Behavioral Support in the Classroom
Seminar: Crucial Issues in Special Education
Or an approved course by the advisor
Curriculum and Instruction
Select 18 units from the following Specialization courses:18
Pluralism in American Education
Instructional Strategies and Classroom Process
Program Evaluation
Curriculum Materials Development
Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
Contemporary Issues in Schooling and Education
Interdisciplinary Curriculum Inquiry
Curriculum Analysis
Advanced Curriculum Studies
Writing for Publication
Seminar: Trends, Issues and Dynamics of Change
Teacher Education
Select 18 units from the following Specialization courses:18
Pluralism in American Education
Supervision of Instruction
Issues in Teacher Education
Program Evaluation
Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
Interdisciplinary Curriculum Inquiry
Research in Classroom Context
Curriculum Analysis
Writing for Publication
Counseling Psychology (Psychology license eligible)
Select 18 units from the following Specialization courses:18
Program Evaluation
Advanced Human Development I
Advanced Human Development II
Advanced Human Development III
Theories of Multicultural Marriage and Family Therapy
Psychotherapeutic Interventions
Group Counseling
Crisis Intervention
Consultation Methods
History and Systems in Psychology
Law and Professional Ethics for Mental Health Professionals
Psychopathology and Wellness Promotion
Data-Based Decision Making I: Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
Data-Based Decision Making II: Academic Assessment and Intervention
Psychological Assessment
Behavior and Personality Assessment
Neuropsychology
Social Psychology
Educational Psychology (non-license eligible)
Select 18 units from the following Specialization courses:18
Nature and Conditions of Learning
Program Evaluation
Advanced Human Development I
Advanced Human Development II
Advanced Human Development III
History and Systems in Psychology
Psychopathology and Wellness Promotion
Data-Based Decision Making I: Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
Neuropsychology
Social Psychology

Cognate Concentrations

Educational Leadership (K-12)
Select 12 units from the following Cognate courses:12
Seminar: Trends, Issues and Dynamics of Change
Seminar: Ethics, Law and Finance
Seminar: Administration of Instructional Programs
Seminar: Personnel Issues
Seminar: Cultural Diversity and Educational Administration
Educational and Organizational Leadership
EDUC 365Seminar: Administration of Higher Education3
EDUC 367Seminar: Cultural Diversity and Educational Administration3
EDUC 381Law in Higher Education3
EDUC 382Leadership in Higher Education3
Student Affairs
EDUC 375Advanced Student Development Theory3
EDUC 376Critical and Contemporary Issues in Student Affairs3
Select two of the following Cognate courses:
Seminar: Trends, Issues and Dynamics of Change
Seminar: Personnel Issues
Seminar: Educational Policy Making and Politics
Seminar: Administration of Higher Education
Seminar: Cultural Diversity and Educational Administration
Law in Higher Education
Leadership in Higher Education
Special Education
Select 12 units from the following Cognate courses:12
Advanced Programming for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Advanced Programming for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Positive Behavioral Support in the Classroom
Special Topics
Seminar: Crucial Issues in Special Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Select 12 units from the following Cognate courses:12
Curriculum Materials Development
Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
Contemporary Issues in Schooling and Education
Interdisciplinary Curriculum Inquiry
Curriculum Analysis
Seminar: Trends, Issues and Dynamics of Change
Teacher Education
Select 12 units from the following Cognate courses:12
Pluralism in American Education
Instructional Strategies and Classroom Process
Supervision of Instruction
Issues in Teacher Education
Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
Interdisciplinary Curriculum Inquiry
Research in Classroom Context
Educational Psychology
Select 12 units from the following Cognate courses:12
Nature and Conditions of Learning
Program Evaluation
Advanced Human Development I
Advanced Human Development II
Advanced Human Development III
History and Systems in Psychology
Psychopathology and Wellness Promotion
Data-Based Decision Making I: Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
Neuropsychology
Social Psychology
Research Methods
Select 12 units from the following Cognate courses:12
Qualitative Research Design and Methods
Advanced Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research Design and Methods
Applied Multiple Regression
Structural Equation Modeling
Models of Epistemology and Inquiry
Action Research
Organizational Learning and Effectiveness
EDUC 235Organizational Analysis3
EDUC 236Performance Improvement3
EDUC 237Organizational Learning3
EDUC 238Organizational Change and Consulting3

IV.  Of the required 56 units a minimum of 18 units must be from the Benerd School of Education

V.  Of the required 56 units a minimum of 18 units must be taken at the 200 or 300 level