Doctoral Program


EdD in Instructional Leadership

Course of Study

The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in Instructional Leadership prepares experienced educators to become effective practitioner leaders able to translate current research into policy and practice. The program prepares teacher leaders, department chairs, administrators and other education professionals to transform K-12 education, driving better educational experiences and outcomes across larger systems. The program provides clinically-focused doctoral training and a deep grounding in the research on educational practice, particularly as it applies to urban settings and suburban settings with increasingly diverse student populations. Students develop the ability to synthesize and apply new research to improve educational experiences and outcomes for students, and the skills to communicate their insights effectively as leaders in schools and communities

For a full list of requirements, progress standards, and exit requirements consult the Hunter College Course Catalog, Doctoral Student Handbook and Sample Course Sequence.

Credits : 60

Course Catalog

Review the course descriptions, progress standards, and exit requirements in the Course Catalog.

Course Catalog Summer 2022 onward

Course Catalog prior to Summer 2022

Curricular Structure and Sample Course Sequence

The Dissertation

A dissertation is the required culminating assessment in the EdD program in Instructional Leadership. This handbook is intended to provide guidance to doctoral candidates in the EdD program as well as the faculty members who work with them. In keeping with the principles of the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED), the EdD program encourages candidates to think of this culminating project in the program as a “problem of practice dissertation.” A problem of practice dissertation addresses a challenge in educational practice, seeks to investigate that problem empirically by describing it and/or testing solution(s) to address the challenge, identifies actionable implications for the findings of the dissertation research, and appropriately communicates these implications to relevant audiences and stakeholders (adapted from Belzer & Ryan 2013).

Doctoral Student Handbook

Program Leader/Advisor