In this program, you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of foundational theories, undergo rigorous research training, and explore a range of topics through blended and online coursework
     
  • Explore a wide variety of relevant electives such as grant writing and policy briefs; conflict analysis; theory and practice of peace and justice; and negotiation, mediation and dialogue
     
  • Undertake guided reflective practice to build and realize meaningful connections between theory and practice, in addition to reflecting on concepts, theoretical debates, methodologies and approaches, while applying these to knowledge in the workplace
     
  • Pursue a topic of your interest and conduct dissertation research in an environment such as your workplace, closely guided by SIT faculty, your EdD cohort, and other advisors
     
  • Engage in doctoral seminars that guide you through the entire dissertation process and enable you to build a community of practice that provides constructive feedback and peer support
     
  • Conceptualize and develop your dissertation proposal; research your dissertation topic; and complete and defend your dissertation by the end of the third year
     

SEMESTER DETAILS

Semester One: Summer, three-week residency and online (7 Credits)

  • Theoretical Foundations I
  • Research Methods 1: Qualitative Approaches
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 1
  • Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement (can be fulfilled any time prior to graduation)

Semester Two: Fall, online (8 Credits)

  • Theoretical Foundations II
  • Research Methods 2: Qualitative Approaches
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 2

Semester Three: Spring, online (8 Credits)

  • Research Methods 3: Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 3
  • Elective

Semester Four: Summer, two-week residency and online (8 Credits)

  • Research Methods 4: Qualitative or Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 4
  • Elective

Semester Five: Fall, online (5 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 5
  • Elective
  • Preparation of Dissertation Proposal and Human Subjects Review Application

Semester Six: Spring, online (8 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 6
  • Proposal Defense
  • Data collection
  • Elective

Semester Seven: Summer, online (5 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 7
  • Data collection
  • Dissertation Writing

Semester Eight: Fall, online (5 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 8
  • Dissertation Writing

 Semester Nine: Spring, online and graduation (6 Credits)

  • Reflective Practice Doctoral Seminar 9
  • Dissertation Defense (can be remote)
  • Graduation