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Fit for Purpose: Conceptual Design for the EdD Program

Fit for Purpose: Conceptual Design for the EdD Program
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Author(s): Erika Prager (Northcentral University, USA), Barbara M. Hall (Northcentral University, USA), Laurie Wellner (Northcentral University, USA) and B. Andrew Riggle (Northcentral University, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 22
Source title: Practice-Based and Practice-Led Research for Dissertation Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Robin Throne (Independent Researcher, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6664-0.ch002


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Using an illustrative case study, this chapter explores the two-year design process of a practice-based Doctor of Education degree program in an online university. Emerging from the continuous improvement lens, the redesign process centered around the examination of the purpose of the degree in the context of meeting the educational needs of practitioners in the field. Principally, this program redesign led to greater differentiation between the practitioner-based EdD degree and the PhD to provide students with distinct options for meeting their personal and professional goals.

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