EdD Course Format

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Flexible and Engaging Learning Format

The curriculum of the EdD program at the Pitt School of Education is designed to be mindful of the time demands of working professionals. You complete courses via a hybrid format in which most of the classwork is online, with a class held on campus once a month on Saturdays.

Hybrid Seminars

Our hybrid format means that you complete most of your coursework online, with a class held once per month on the Pittsburgh campus (typically on Saturdays). Attendance is mandatory for the in-person sessions.

On-Ramp Session

The program features several elements designed to help students adjust to life as an EdD student. Prior to the summer start of the program, students attend a one-day orientation event in the spring. Then, in the first summer, students complete the "on-ramp session," a 6-credit experience designed to be a transition to doctoral education and an introduction to the fundamentals of the EdD program. The on-ramp includes a weeklong, on-campus experience. 

Orientation Program

Prior to the summer start of your program, you will complete a one-day orientation program in the spring (typically in April). There will be an introductory session with other EdD students in your area of concentration, cohort-building activities, and a welcome from the Dean of the Pitt School of Education. 

Built for Practitioners

The Pitt EdD program is a doctoral program designed for those looking to make an impact as practitioners in the field. 

To learn more, watch What is a Scholarly Practitioner? from the CPED Initiative. The video features faculty member and CPED Director Jill Perry and Pitt EdD graduate Shallegra Moye.