The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in SCAE prepares creative and innovative professionals to take leadership of their chosen professional fields. As scholars, practitioners, and citizens, EdD students conduct research related to their professional practice while expanding the agency of students in PreK-20 education and non-formal educational settings. This is in addition to creating structures, practices, and policies that reflect a commitment to equity and social justice, critical deliberation, and the understanding and forging of collaborative links between educational institutions and other communities. The curriculum is a combination of foundational, specialized research methods, and SCAE specialization courses, all founded upon six commitments:
- Deep specialized knowledge
- Intellectual and practical skills required to innovate
- Personal and social responsibility for change
- Application and integration of what is learned to enduring problems of practice
- Commitment to equity
- Active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity
Through the SCAE experiences, students have the opportunity to craft competencies in areas of professional practice, critical study of educational issues, and other areas relevant to their professional goals. An internship in a supervised setting provides context for cultivating professional expertise and integrating theory and practice.
The Doctor of Education degree provides varied opportunities for graduate students to build their knowledge and expertise to take on various roles of leadership in their chosen fields or specializations, such as master educators, leaders of organizations devoted to non-formal education, leaders of national and international educational agencies, officials of educational and cultural ministries, and faculty members in higher education.