University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Curriculum for Urban Education - Doctor of Education (EdD)


The curriculum merges several types of learning environments, including a one-day orientation, a week long intensive on-ramp experience, hybrid seminars, and an internship.

Year 1: Summer Year 1: Fall Year 1: Spring Year 1: Summer

Foundation 1: Framing, Identifying, and Investigating Problems of Practice (3 credits)

Practitioner Inquiry 1 (3 credits)

Foundation 2: Leadership in Groups and Organizations (3 credits

ARCO: Course 1 (3 credits)

Foundation 3: Education Contexts (3 credits)

ARCO: Course 2 (3 credits)

Foundation 4: Investigating Policy as a Lever for Change (3 credits)

Practitioner Inquiry 2 (3 credits)

Year 2: Fall Year 2: Spring Year 2: Summer

Supervised Practitioner Inquiry (3 credits)

ARCO: Course 3 (3 credits)

Practitioner Inquiry 3 (3 credits)

ARCO: Course 4 (3 credits)

Inquiry Practicum (3 credits)

Supervised Internship (3 credits)

Year 3: Fall Year 3: Spring Year 3: Summer

Dissertation of Practice (6 credits)

Dissertation of Practice (6 credits)

Dissertation of Practice (6 credits)


90 credits total:

Transfer credits from graduate work in the candidate's specialized area of concentration: 30 credits

Core Courses: 24 credits (12 credits in Foundations and 12 credits in Practitioner Inquiry courses)

  • Students take eight core courses that are collaboratively designed by faculty members from throughout the School of Education, allowing them to gain an interdisciplinary perspective.

Supervised Practitioner Inquiry: 3 credits / Supervised Internship: 3 credits

  • Supervised Practitioner Inquiry: The doctoral inquiry seminar is led by a group of faculty members with focus on developing deep knowledge in particular areas of interest.
  • Supervised Internship: Students choose from three types of internship experiences: a job-embedded internship, an aspirant internship, or a global studies experience.

Area of Concentration (ARCO) Courses: 12 credits

  • Students take four ARCO courses that help them to develop specialized knowledge in their area of concentration.

Dissertation of Practice: 18 credits

  • The dissertation of practice project addresses a problem or dilemma directly related to the student's academic and professional fields.

To learn more, schedule a preadmission consulting appointment with Graduate Enrollment Manager, Rashee Ferguson.