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Education, Teaching and Learning (EdD)

UMD Graduate School

Program Overview

The EdD with a major in Teaching and Learning is an applied degree for the professional development of P-12, community college, and university faculty and administrators, professionals in other human service professions such as coaching, athletic training, criminal justice, social work, extension, community agency administration, and university student personnel, as well as business professionals involved in education and training activities. The mission of the program is to produce scholarly practitioners.

Admission and Application Requirements

Applicants to this program should:

  • Hold a master’s degree, or a comparable foreign degree from a recognized college or university, in education or a related field
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Have a minimum GRE score of 500 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based)
  • International students should have a minimum TOEFL score 79-80.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Submit a minimum of three work samples
  • Submit a personal statement of career objectives

Degree Requirements

Required Core courses (37 cr)
EDUC 8015—Research Design (3 cr)
EDUC 8016—Theory and Practice in Qualitative Research Methods (3 cr)
EDUC 8017—Theory and Practice in Quantitative Research Methods (3 cr)
EDUC 8018—Statistical Analysis in Educational Research (3 cr)
EDUC 8020—Doctoral Seminar (1 credit each of 4 terms)
EDUC 8001—Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 cr)
EDUC 8003—Educational Policy (3 cr)
EDUC 8005—Curriculum Evaluation: Theory into Practice (3 cr)
EDUC 8007—Research on Knowledge and Learning (3 cr)
EDUC 7005—Teaching and Learning in a Systems Context (3 cr)
EDUC 8009—Distance Education in 21st Century: From Theory to Practice (3 cr)
EDUC 8021—Assessment (3 cr)

Related Field courses (minimum 15 credits)
EDUC 8888—Thesis (24 cr)

Language Requirement—None.

Preliminary Written and Oral Exam—Preliminary written and oral examinations are required and will be administered after completion of all research and major course work.

Project—A project designed to build a knowledge base relevant to problems in schools and organizations.

Final Exam—An oral defense of the project is required.

Deadlines and Dates

A new cohort starts every odd year. The application deadline is the second Friday in February.

Financial Aid

Some assistantships and fellowships are available to students in the program.

Contact Information

Department of Education, University of Minnesota Duluth, Montague Hall 120, 1211 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812-3012 (218.726.6525; fax 218.726.7008;

Director of Graduate Studies: Mary Ann Marchel,, 218.726.7357

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies: Karen Mehle,, 218.726.6525

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