University of Pittsburgh School of Education


The EdD curriculum is delivered through a variety of learning environments:
  • Orientation: The EdD cohort participates in a full-day orientation in the spring before the summer start of the program that includes a welcome from the dean of the School of Education, EdD program information, and cohort-building activities as well as an introductory session with others in your ARCO.
  • One-week intensive on ramp: The EdD cohort will participate in a full-week on-ramp experience that includes intense work focused on understanding enduring problems of practice in education, health, and human development. This one-week experience will be your first foundations course on framing, identifying, and investigating problems of practice. This course will take place during the last full week in June.
  • Hybrid seminar: You will experience a hybrid model of education through online course experiences and sessions on the Pittsburgh campus.


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.