Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at AIC is an innovative, non-traditional doctoral program for mid-career practitioners in the fields of education, counseling, psychology, as well as higher education leadership, who already hold an accredited master’s degree in these, or a closely aligned field.

There are five concentrations to select from allowing you to tailor your degree to your individual interests. Each of these concentrations combine core required courses, professional seminars, and structured study overseen by a team of advisors. The 72 credit cohort-based program requires weekend residencies and is designed to be completed in four years. Encompassing four years of professional study, the program is organized into two levels.

Level 1: employs core courses, professional seminars, and structured, mentored study to build upon each student’s professional interests for a total of 54 credits.

Level 2: consists of at least one year and 18 credits of study to encompass the completion of a professional portfolio and the approval of an action project-oriented dissertation.

Education, Teaching and Leadership Concentrations

Educational Leadership & Supervision

Concentration Overview

Learning Outcomes

Degree Requirements

Teaching & Learning

Concentration Overview

Learning Outcomes

Degree Requirements

Psychology, Development and Counseling Concentrations

Individual & Institutional Development

Concentration Overview

Learning Outcomes

Degree Requirements

Professional Counseling & Supervision

Concentration Overview

Learning Outcomes

Degree Requirements

Psychology

Concentration Overview

Learning Outcomes

Degree Requirements

Admissions Requirements

All Concentrations

The Ed.D. program offers rolling admissions, accepting applications throughout the year and allowing individuals to begin their studies in any one of our fall, spring or summer cohort models. Decisions are rendered within 4 to 6 weeks of receipt of the completed admissions materials. The following items are necessary for candidacy to be considered:

  1. Completed and signed application
  2. Payment of a non-refundable $50 non-refundable application
  3. Sealed official transcripts, minimum 3.0 GPA in a master’s program from a regionally accredited institution
  4. Three completed recommendation forms
  5. Resume
  6. In a 6-8 page essay, double-spaced, please answer the following questions, as they relate to your choice of academic concentration (Teaching and Learning, or Educational Leadership and Supervision) and your individualized plan of study in the doctoral program:
    • What educational or professional experiences have prepared you for doctoral study?
    • What motivates you to pursue doctoral study at this stage of your career?
    • What are three or four topics of personal, professional, and scholarly interest that would guide the formulation of your degree plan, and why are these topics of importance to you?
    • What might be a general focus for your dissertation?
    • Why have you chosen to study in a low-residency, mentored model of doctoral education?

 

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