The signature pedagogy is a variation of problem based learning we label Problem-driven learning which means the topics spring from the work of our candidates, both individually and collectively.
The EdD has been around for two cohorts,
approximately 5 years. We have focused
on P-12 educational practitioners but the two
Cohort 1 was for P-12 administrators from 14 districts in the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative (OVEC) and the KY Dept. of Education. Instructors were from ELFH and Teaching and Learning at U of L;
Cohort 2 was for P-12 teachers and administrators from Jefferson County Public Schools. Instructors were from ELFH and JCPS.
All U of L / OVEC Ed.D cohort members are practicing school administrators with significant involvement in regional and statewide agencies and initiatives. We have, therefore, defined the laboratories of practice as our communities: their employing organization, the educational consortium partnering with U of L in this pilot program (OVEC), as well as Kentucky.
OVEC cohort: Individual or group dissertation
JCPS cohort: Group manuscript model: Each member of a group completes one publishable manuscript that aligns or incorporates with the other manuscripts in the group. The group will also provide a common introduction to their compilation of manuscripts, as well as an executive summary
OVEC cohort: Students admitted with transfer hours; took 6-12 hours each semester. Take home comps over time. Individual or group dissertations.
JCPS cohort: Students admitted with no transfer hours; took 6-12 hours each semester. Take home comps over time. Individual dissertations or group manuscripts (see below).
Dr. Gaetane Jean-Marie, Dept Chair
Comprehensive Exams – 3 take home questions (48 hrs. each), completed over a period of months.
GREs were not required.
Applications included two letters of recommendation, written responses to prompts, and an interview / presentation to the selection committee.
The selection committee used a screening rubric for applications and an interview rubric for interviews / presentations.