The Educational Doctorate in Professional Practice prepares the candidate to bring both theory and praxis into their specific area of educational practice. This program was developed by the faculty of the Helen DeVos College of Education along with Local Education Agency (LEA) partners to give candidates the skills and dispositions to impact education administration, policy, and instruction. This includes understanding the nature of change, the relational aspects of administration, and the leading of an organization that is constantly in flux. Analytical data skills and current assessment techniques are foundational to the degree.

This ongoing degree program is seen as the final degree level offered in the college; it is expected to be a logical extension of the already successful Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree. The primary target audience of this program is currently employed educators in local education agencies, Pre-K through Higher Education. Instructional delivery will be almost exclusively through the traditional classroom setting with certain clinical requirements conducted in Local Education Agencies and other educational environments off-site. Admissions will be rolling throughout the academic year with an expected enrollment of twelve annually.


Hear a few words about our Educational Doctorate from our dean, Dr. Bill Estes.

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