Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: Literacy

Applications now being accepted for the Fall 2014 program
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Contact Information

Dr. Judith K. Franzak
Ed.D. Program Director

Dr. Ron Siers
Education Specialties Chair

For additional information on the Ed.D. program and the admissions process:

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching President Emeritus Lee Shulman: E. Pauline Riall Lecturer at SU

About the Program

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: 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.

CPED Based

The Ed.D. Program at Salisbury University is influenced by the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate (CPED). This inter-institutional 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.

Shulman Influenced

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.

Program Requirements

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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Ed.D. Program pursue positions of leadership in:

Advanced professional study in collaborative environment




Higher education

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.

Application Process

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.

Please direct all supplemental application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research:

Office of Graduate Studies and Research
Holloway Hall 262
Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD  21801

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