Education Doctoral Programs
NDSU’s doctoral programs in education prepare scholars who will advance education research and practice and maintain the integrity and vitality of the profession. Our graduates will be stewards of the discipline, individuals entrusted with preserving, creating, and applying knowledge in education and with communicating educational knowledge to others. North Dakota State University offers both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Education, both with an emphasis in either Institutional Analysis or Occupational and Adult Education.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree focuses on translating theory and research into practice, and has the larger goal of preparing scholar-practitioners who will be well-informed, credible leaders in the field of education. Ed.D. recipients in education analyze educational contexts and practices from various applied perspectives, conduct scholarly practice, evaluation, and organizational development using various methodologies of inquiry, and become responsible stewards of the discipline and culture of lifelong learning. The purpose of the Ed.D. degree is to develop scholar-practitioners who can utilize theory and research to enhance their capacity to bridge theory and diverse philosophical perspectives with practice as well as contribute to knowledge in the field.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree emphasizes the study and synthesis of theory and research, and is intended to produce dedicated scholar-researchers committed to the advancement of knowledge and scholarship in the field. Ph.D. recipients in education analyze educational contexts and practices from various theoretical and philosophical perspectives, lead and conduct independent scholarly research using various sophisticated methodologies of disciplined inquiry, and become responsible stewards of the discipline and culture of lifelong learning. The purpose of the Ph.D. degree is to develop scholar-researchers who can create, advance, expand, revise and disseminate new theories and knowledge in the field.
The Education Doctoral Programs were selected as a member of the second wave of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) and have been a participating partner since August, 2011. CPED is an inter-institutional discussion about reclaiming the Education Doctorate, or the Ed.D. As a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, we believe that: “The professional doctorate in education prepares educators for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession.”