• EdD Degree Program Details

    Courses and Degree Requirements

    Hamline’s Doctorate in Education (EdD) is cohort program that allows you to complete your core coursework in three years with the option to choose an accelerated pathway by taking your electives during the summer.


    Required courses (36 credits):

    • The Learning Organization (4 credits)
    • Constructivism Seminar (2 credits)
    • Educational Foundations (4 credits)
    • Doctoral Writing Seminar (2 credits)
    • Educational Organizations (4 credits)
    • Building Community Seminar (2 credits)
    • Leadership (4 credits)
    • Frameworks for Inquiry (4 credits)
    • Equity and Social Justice Policy (4 credits)
    • Advanced Inquiry (4 credits)
    • Inquiry and Reflection Seminar (2 credits)

    Elective courses (16 credits)

    Students tailor their elective series in consultation with an academic advisor in order to best to meet their interests. Many elective courses are available online or in low-residency formats in addition to on-campus offerings. Students may take courses in nonprofit management, creative writing, dispute resolution, or complete the Administrative Licensure program to satisfy elective requirements.

    Dissertation (16 credits)

    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, and a dissertation.


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

    • 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.


    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;
    • promote the EdD's purpose of developing educational leaders’ ability to make effective public presentations;
    • and demonstrate 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.


    This is a series of four advisement experiences (4 credits each) with a primary dissertation advisor and two committee members for the purpose of developing and completing the dissertation.

    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for EdD: Doctorate in Education.