Program Brochure (PDF)
Dr. Maida Finch
Ed.D. Program Interim Director
Dr. Nancy Michelson
Education Specialties Chair
For additional information on the Ed.D. program and the admissions process:
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction in Literacy Program provides the next generation of scholarly practitioners with the skills needed to develop innovations, inspire change, and assess the impact of these programs in educational contexts. The program is designed for educators at all levels who envision themselves as transformational leaders and strive to collaboratively design and implement solutions to problems of literacy practice in schools.
The Ed.D. Program at Salisbury University is influenced by the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate (CPED). This interinstitutional collaboration promotes programs of the highest quality that offer advanced preparation in the field of education. Salisbury University’s Ed.D. curriculum is organized around CPED’s core components of signature pedagogy, inquiry as practice, and laboratories of practice along with literacy specialization courses.
The course of study includes a focus on preparing scholarly practitioners “to think, to perform and to act with integrity” (Lee Shulman). Students’ professional settings are an integral component of the classroom: they become the laboratories for inquiring about the improvement of practice, where theory and practice intersect and enrich each other.
Graduates of the Ed.D. Program pursue positions of leadership in:
Advanced professional study in collaborative environment
Candidates complete an approved program of study, including 60 semester hours of graduate coursework in signature pedagogy, inquiry as practice, labs of practice, and literacy specialization courses. The program culminates with a dissertation that reflects a candidate’s deep knowledge of the field and is shared with both the academic and education communities. Full-time students will follow a cohort model and complete the program in four years. Part-time programs of study also are available; students can expect to complete the part-time program in five years. Faculty advisement is provided throughout the program. The Ed.D. is an advanced degree, and candidates must hold a master’s degree in education or a closely related field.
Interested applicants should submit official academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, GRE General Test scores, a professional writing sample and three professional letters of recommendation. Application materials should be submitted using the online application process. Prerequisites: Master’s degree with a GPA of 3.5 in education or a closely related field. Preference is given to applicants who have three years of professional teaching experience.
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