EdD Program Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The EdD degree at the Pitt School of Education consists of 84 credits. Of that total, a student is required to transfer 24 credits of qualified coursework from a master's program into the program. That reduces the amount of your required new credits to 60 credits. Students must have earned a B grade or better on each of their master's courses in order for the credits to qualify.

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Course Type  
Core Courses 24 credits
Guidance in Scholarly Practice 18 credits
Major 12 credits
Supervised Practitioner Inquiry 3 credits
Laboratory of Practice 3 credits
Total Credits 60 credits

Core Courses (24 credits)

  • These courses provide an interdisciplinary perspective and are designed by faculty members from across the Pitt School of Education. 
  • Foundations Courses (12 credits) equip you with the knowledge and competencies to develop as a leader and scholar-practitioner through topics such as today’s educational landscape, equity and justice, policy, and change.
  • Practitioner Inquiry Courses (12 credits) introduce and develop your expertise in improvement science and associated techniques.
  • Major Courses (12 credits) are based on your major.

Guidance in Scholarly Practice (18 credits)

  • The scholarly practice project addresses a problem or dilemma directly related to your academic and professional fields.

Major (12 credits)

  • These courses will help you develop specialized knowledge in your major.

Supervised Practitioner Inquiry (3 credits)

  • This doctoral inquiry seminar is led by a group of faculty members and is focused on developing deep knowledge in your area of interest

Laboratory of Practice (3 credits)

  • This course will allow you to choose to complete one of three different experiences: a job-embedded, aspirant, or global studies experience.