Doctor of Education in the Field of Educational Administration and Policy Studies

The doctor of education (Ed.D.) in educational administration and policy studies degree program provides students with the skill and knowledge they need either to excel within policy research and analysis or achieve high-level success in a K-12 school setting. Though the education administration and policy studies specialties are offered under the same degree title, they are offered at different campus locations with entirely different curricula.

Education Administration Specialty

The education administration specialty is offered at three GW campus locations—the Virginia Science and Technology Campus, in Herndon, Virginia; Alexandria Graduate Center in Alexandria, Virginia; and Hampton Roads Center in Hampton Roads, Virginia. This academically rigorous program prepares students for leadership responsibilities within all facets of the educational arena. Researchers and practitioners who aspire to high levels of responsibility in educational organizations will develop leadership skills through course work, seminars, research associations with faculty, and self-directed activities.

Please visit the Doctorate in Education Administration website for more information.

Education Policy Specialty

The Education Policy specialty is offered at GW’s Foggy Bottom campus in downtown Washington, D.C. The interdisciplinary program relies on approaches and methods from various fields to help students develop the skills needed to examine and assess education problems in the context of their social environments.  The program is designed for students who wish to develop skills in policy research, program evaluation, and the technical, political aspects of education policy. Emphasis is placed on developing both an understanding of the political, economic, and social environments affecting education policy and the competencies needed to apply research to analyze and effectively implement them or to evaluate their impact. Topics covered in this field include school reform, urban education problems, student achievement, school finance and its equity, teacher quality and effectiveness, equal opportunity, access to higher education, and accountability.

Please visit the Doctorate in Education Policy website for more information.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

The degree is offered in two specialized areas. All requirements in one specialized area must be fulfilled:

Educational administration specialty—a minimum of 48 credits, including 27 credits in required courses, a 3-credit research course, 18 credits in dissertation courses, and successful completion of the comprehensive examination. 

Education policy specialty—a minimum of 54 credits, including 12 credits in required courses, 12 credits in research courses, 15 credits in dissertation courses, 15 credits in elective courses, and successful completion of the comprehensive examination. Six additional credits in prerequisite courses may be required.

Fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Education programs is required for both specialties.

Educational Administration and Policy Studies (Educational Administration)

Required
EDUC 6116Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 6368Leadership and Education
EDUC 6371Education Policy
EDUC 6570Educational Planning
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 8276Seminar: Administration and Supervision
EDUC 8277Advanced Instructional Leadership for School Improvement
EDUC 8280Critical Review of Educational Leadership Literature
Research
3 credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
Dissertation
EDUC 8998Pre-Dissertation Seminar (taken for 6 credits)
EDUC 8999Dissertation Research (12 credits minimum)
Approved dissertation proposal required
Successful completion of comprehensive exam required

Educational Administration and Policy Studies (Education Policy) 

Prerequisites
EDUC 6116Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 6371Education Policy
Required
EDUC 8320The Politics of Education
EDUC 8321Economics of Education
EDUC 8322Education Policy Implementation
EDUC 8340Methods of Policy Analysis in Education
Research
EDUC 6381Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
Dissertation
EDUC 8998Pre-Dissertation Seminar (taken for 3 credits)
EDUC 8999Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits)
Approved dissertation proposal required
Electives
15 credits selected in consultation with advisor
Students may elect to take elective courses to develop expertise in a specific area in policy and/or take additional research methods courses to advance their research methods skills.
Successful completion of comprehensive exam required