The Doctor of Education is a degree oriented to the improvement of professional practice by extending the knowledge, expertise, and skill of candidates through the application of research to leadership issues. The purpose of the Doctor of Education program is to provide challenging professional growth to experienced practitioners and professionals, including educators, administrators, counselors, and individuals working in higher education and related community agencies or organizations.
The dissertation requires doctoral candidates to demonstrate mastery of a set of applied inquiry skills necessary to investigate authentic problems and effectively lead research-based improvements within their practice. Candidates will position themselves as scholar practitioners of educational leadership as they use inquiry to a) better understand an authentic local problem, b) persuade organizational decision-makers to undertake a research-based course of actions, and c) lead an educational improvement effort grounded in social justice.
PSU is a member of the Carnegie Program on the Education Doctorate (CPED). This is a prestigious nationally recognized organization, which works with higher education institutions to develop and redesign Doctor of Education Programs.
The mission of the CPED Framework is to develop a professional doctorate in education that prepares educators for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge and the stewardship of the profession.
There are Six Guiding Principles for Program Design: The Professional Doctorate in Leadership, Learning and Community.
There are six program design concepts that are an integral part of the doctorate program.
The doctoral dissertation represents the candidate’s contribution to the educational knowledge base. The dissertation should display mastery of, and the ability to apply research findings to, new analyses, syntheses, interpretations, and other research methods and procedures in order to contribute to the improvement of practice in leadership. The purpose of the dissertation is to produce knowledge, insight, materials, and/or new methods in the candidate’s field of specialization. It may replicate and extend an earlier study for the purpose of correcting errors, eliminating shortcomings, and enhancing or clarifying it. The dissertation must be meaningful and provide evidence of familiarity with existing research in the field.
The student is responsible for certifying that the dissertation has been prepared in accordance with the regulations in this guide and that it is the student’s own work. The text should be proofread and free of grammatical errors and typos. For support with editing, students may contact the Writing Center. The dissertation author bears ultimate responsibility for meeting all of the formatting and style requirements set forth by the University and the dissertation committee. It is extremely important that the author carefully review and proofread the dissertation before the final submission. If format errors exist, the dissertation will be returned and this may delay graduation. After the dissertation has been submitted to and received by library staff, changes will not be permitted.
The overall dissertation format is standard, with the dissertation having four chapters that are completed in three blocks.
The reference list for the completed dissertation is placed after Chapter Four and before any appendix. Documents, tables and figures whose importance to the text is tangential may be handled as appendix material.
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Once accepted, your thesis will be uploaded to the ProQuest database Dissertation & Theses Abstracts Online (see below), where it will be discoverable by PSU students, faculty, and staff as well as patrons of other institutions.
Please note: your permission is required in order for us to upload your thesis. Please include a signed copy of the permission form when you submit your thesis.