2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin 
    Sep 27, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Doctorate in Education (EdD)

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The learning community structure and thematic curriculum of the doctorate in education (EdD) provide intellectually stimulating and collaborative teaching and learning. Each community remains together during a set of core courses, thus deepening personal connections and enriching shared experiences. The pillars of the School of Education conceptual frame are integrated into the curriculum: promote equity in schools and society, build communities of teachers and learners, construct knowledge, and practice thoughtful inquiry and reflection. The themes form the nucleus for exploring and understanding current education ideas and issues. The quality of the doctoral experience results from the meaningful program design, the exploration of the conceptual frame, the responsive setting of the learning climate, and the skills and expertise of the faculty and students.

EdD Degree Requirements (68 credits and 3.0 GPA):

Elective Courses (16 credits)

(see below)

Successful completion of the following

  • a written examination
  • a synthesis presentation
  • a dissertation

Advancement to Candidacy

Required coursework must be completed prior to advancement to candidacy.

Grade Requirement

Students must maintain a minimum grade of 3.0 (B grade or higher) in all coursework.


Sixteen semester credits of elective course work are required. A maximum of eight credits of independent study may be counted toward the elective requirement. Students may begin taking electives during the next term following admission. However, EdD students are discouraged from co-enrolling in electives during their first year of required courses. The elective requirement may be satisfied by taking electives at Hamline, at another regionally accredited university, or through a combination of these two options. Each is explained below.

Electives at Hamline

Students may use selected 8000-level graduate courses from HSE master’s programs, though course restrictions apply and registration may need to be approved. It is important that students consult their faculty advisers to determine which courses may be available to them. In addition, selected courses in the School of Business, and master’s-level course work in The Creative Writing Programs may be used to fulfill elective credits. Prerequisites apply as indicated. Hamline continuing studies or professional development courses may not be used to fulfill elective credit.

EdD students who earn an administrative license through the HU School of Education may apply these credits toward their electives, whether they earned the license before or during their doctoral work. That is, Hamline University administrative license alumni may transfer 16 credits. Note: New administrative licensure students must apply for admission to that program separately. Licensure coursework may precede, overlap, or extend beyond earning an EdD.

Electives at Other Institutions

EdD students may transfer a maximum of 8 semester credits of coursework from another regionally accredited university. This credit may have been earned prior to admission to the EdD program or it may be taken while students are registered for courses in the EdD program. Continuing studies or professional development courses will not be accepted to satisfy doctoral requirements. Approval to transfer credit depends on meeting transfer credit criteria. For additional information, see the EdD program website or contact the program administrator.

If EdD students wish to transfer graduate courses from international universities, transcripts should be accompanied by translation and recommendations from one of several educational services recommended by HU Student Administrative Services for this purpose.

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