Indiana University

Name of CPED-Influenced Program: Executive EdD Program

Key Contact Person: Cindy Wedemeyer (


Program Description:

An EdD cohort of approximately15 students begins every other year. Serving students throughout Indiana, the program meets one weekend per month in Indianapolis and incorporates web-based technologies to facilitate activities between meetings. Coursework is completed in three calendar years with program graduates complete a capstone project addressing a problem of practice in the following year.
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Signature Pedagogy: 

The signature pedagogy focuses on engaging students in practice-based inquiry as leadership practice. This is developed across the program in three strands: (1) identification and articulation of a problem of practice; (2) development and selection of conceptual lenses; and (3) mastery of practice-based methods of inquiry.

Laboratories of Practice: 

The laboratory of practice develops as students and faculty members move back and forth between the field and the classroom deepening our facility with theory and inquiry methods as we bring these to bear on problems of practice. 


Most students complete a traditional dissertation that addresses a student identified problem of practice. Students now have the option to complete an alternative dissertation which can include a policy analysis, a program evaluation or substantive field-based improvement project.

Description of each year of the Program: 
Over three years, students enroll in two courses (six credit hours) in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students earn a minor in curriculum or a related area. A majority of students also earn superintendent licensure. Students in a new collaborative program with the Kelley School of Business can earn a Masters Degree in Strategic Management. In the year following coursework, students complete a dissertation or an alternative Capstone Project to fulfill the requirements for the doctoral degree.
Program Milestones: 

Near the completion of coursework, students complete three take home exams over a three-month period focusing on the major coursework, the minor coursework and practice-based inquiry methods. 

Admission Requirements: 

Candidates are selected for the EdD program on the basis of their GRE scores, prior academic performance, work history, professional and academic references, aptitude demonstrated in through a sample of writing, and commitment presented in a statement of purpose.