• EdD Program Details

    Transfer of Credits

    Up to eight semester graduate credits taken prior to admission at Hamline or other institutions may be considered for transfer toward satisfaction of elective requirements upon approval.

    Up to eight semester credits of graduate work may be transferred, providing they meet these criteria:

    • B or better (Satisfactory or Pass grades not eligible)
    • 8000-or 9000-level courses (if taken at Hamline)
    • Semester-or quarter-long courses from an accredited institution (if not taken at Hamline)
    • Taken within 7 years of admission to EdD program
    • Not part of coursework for an earned graduate degree
    • Fit the program goals of the student
    • Official transcript on file in the Program Office

    Program Benchmarks

    In addition to completing required and elective courses, students are required to demonstrate competency through successful completion of a written examination, a synthesis presentation, a portfolio, and a dissertation.

    Written Examination

    The written examination is done after the first year and is included in the EdD portfolio, and:

    • Serves as a reconstruction of the ideas and knowledge from GED 8501-8503;
    • Documents the ability to synthesize and apply what has been learned in the first four courses; and
    • Demonstrates ability to do quality writing, thinking, and research.

    Synthesis Presentation

    The synthesis presentation is done after the second year as an example of public scholarship, and is included in the EdD portfolio. Students make their presentations to Hamline faculty, students, and guests. Presentations should:

    • show content expertise on a topic of interest to the student;
    • engage the student actively as a researcher and scholar through deep investigation and synthesis of the self-selected EdD themes and guiding questions from the second-year courses; and
    • promote the EdD's purpose of developing educational leaders’ ability to make effective public presentations; and demonstrates proficiency in using language in its oral, written, visual, and technological components.

    The presentation (approximately 45 minutes) emphasizes these skills: public speaking, organization of ideas, actively engaging the audience, effective use of media/technology, and writing. Each presenter provides a synopsis of the presentation.

    EdD Portfolio

    Each EdD student develops a professional, comprehensive portfolio during the doctoral program. The purpose is to document progress on the EdD knowledge, action, and reflection learning goals. These learning goals derive from the program’s eight integrated themes. The portfolio is submitted after completion of the eighth required course and must be approved before a student registers for any dissertation credits.

    Students who pursue Minnesota administrative licensure must go through a competency-based portfolio assessment. The contents of that portfolio, which are dictated by the State, may be a subset of the EdD portfolio, but cannot be substituted for it.


    The completion of a dissertation is the final requirement for the Doctor of Education degree. It is an individual research project done in conjunction with a committee.

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