• Current EdD Student Information

    Registration Information

    In addition to the information below, please review the Registration Guide for Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

    Timely Registration

    Each EdD student will be responsible for registering for each core course according to published deadlines. Failure to register by the deadline will result in a $50.00 late registration fee.

    EdD students may register for their elective course work through either the Graduate Schools Registration Guide or the Law School Registration Guide. Courses must be 8000-level and can be taken from the Education, Business, Liberal Studies, or Law programs. The Graduate Schools Registration Guide will be mailed to EdD students prior to each semester.

    Doctoral students register for 16 credits of dissertation work, which will be divided according to the student's schedule. Special registration forms are required and are included in this guide.

    Continuous Enrollment

    Because of the learning community organization of the doctoral program, continuous enrollment in the required courses is essential. In the event that a student must miss one or more core courses, the following applies:

    • The student must apply for a leave of absence.
    • A student who returns from a leave within two calendar years from the date the leave was granted will be automatically reinstated in the doctoral program. If the leave lasts longer than two calendar years, the student must apply for re-admission.
    • Upon return from the leave, the student’s placement will be determined by the program director in consultation with EdD faculty. These stipulations will apply:
      • A student who has completed 6 or more terms (2 or more years) will complete the remaining terms through directed study(ies) with faculty member(s).
      • A student who has completed fewer than 6 terms (less than 2 years) will be placed in the next available learning community and will complete the required courses with that community.


    Post-admission advising occurs before taking the core courses and is completed with the Program Director. This advising typically concerns elective courses that may be taken before the core courses begin. There are three annual stages in formal program advising after admission:

    First-year advising

    Each Ed.D. student must meet twice during the first academic year with the lead facilitator to develop a formal program plan. The collaborative review has three main foci:

    • the completion of program required courses and projects (written examination, synthesis project, and dissertation);
    • the selection of electives; and
    • concerns and questions about any aspect of the doctoral program.

    Second-year advising

    Each Ed.D. student must meet once during the second year with the lead facilitator to review individual formal program plan and other foci described above.

    Third-year advising

    Each Ed.D. student meets once prior to the end of the last core course with the lead facilitator to review the formal program plan, with special emphasis on progress toward the Ed.D. portfolio and prospectus development. Before the end of every core course, group advisement concerning the portfolio will also take place.

    Independent Study

    An independent study course is an opportunity to do independent work under the direction of a faculty member. The student and the instructor work out a course of study before the term begins and typically meet four to six times throughout the term to discuss readings and papers. Students may take one independent study, and special registration is required.