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Why a Regis College EdD?
1. Why should I pursue an EdD rather than a PhD?
As a leader in the field of education, an EdD provides you with both the knowledge and the skills to transform theory into practice. Scholar practitioners who earn an EdD are prepared to use systems thinking to address significant issues ranging from teaching and learning to administration, finance and leadership. These practitioners know how to collect and analyze data, consume relevant reference material, conduct learning sessions, and create positive learning communities.
2. What makes the Regis College EdD unique and a good fit for me?
EdD students at Regis College get the individual support and guidance that they need to find their own path to earning a doctorate. Students are challenged to stretch educationally while being supported in a small cohort model where peers support each other’s growth. Students are encouraged to bring their experiences into the classroom, where outstanding faculty, using strategic andragogy (Knowles, 2011), will guide and encourage intellectual growth, ethical leadership skills, and a scholar-practitioner perspective on resolving organizational issues.
The Regis College doctor of education program utilizes the Carnegie Project on the EdD (CPED) format that is based on creating a small cohort, innovative, and supportive learning community as our model. The CPED community is working towards creating an EdD that uses action research to improve an area of practice. Our students will consider authentic problems of practice, design and implement possible solutions, and report findings so that others may benefit from their experiences. Additionally, like all graduate programs at Regis, the EdD takes into account that students are busy adults, often working full time with many outside commitments. For this reason, the program offers courses in a hybrid model with classes that meet one Saturday per month with online work between class meetings during the academic year. Summer courses are also offered in a hybrid model.
3. How does the Capstone differ from a Dissertation?
The Regis College EdD capstone project is developed throughout the final three classes, a design that enables collaboration from start to finish. This model is in contrast the traditional five-chapter thesis found in traditional doctoral programs.
The capstone will include
- Problem identification and lit review
- Methods and data collection
- Reporting conclusions
Contrary to what Dr. Dan Butin (July, 2009) stated in an address “No one will be interested in your dissertation except your mother,” the Regis College capstone project is designed to create new knowledge regarding learning, education and leadership that will be put into practice immediately. Everyone will be interested in your action research. The Regis College capstone project may indeed result in a thesis; however, this innovative program supports alternative research/learning experiences that can be reported out in many ways. Some students may wish to create multiple publishable articles, others might wish to publish and present their work at national conferences, and even other students may want to create a screenplay or production so that their findings can readily get out in the mainstream of ideas.