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Education Doctorate in Transformational Teaching and Learning (Ed.D.)

KU's Education Doctorate in Transformational Teaching and Learning is designed to help educators transform education one student, and one classroom, at a time.


The KU Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in the Transformational Teaching and Learning Program is designed to offer education to prepare educators who will ultimately transform their educational space to promote social change. Key elements of our program include:

  • Students as Learning Associates model where teaching and learning will be, by intention and design, a bidirectional process with faculty
  • Emphasis on integrating theory and practice through job-embedded and "puzzles of practice" learning experiences
  • Educational engagement focusing on contemporary educational challenges, often framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice, to find solutions to complex issues related to education
  • Action research dissertation in practice (DiP) emphasizing the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge and practice
  • cohort-based, blended delivery format that fosters a strong support system by helping each member balance work, family life, and coursework

The program is a cohort-based, blended delivery model that merges in-person and online instruction. The cohort will study and work together over the course of the three-year program. The blended delivery format will consist of various classes with online webinars, discussions, assignments, and work-embedded tasks interspersed between meetings.


View the Ed.D. program handbook for detailed information on program structure, philosophy, course descriptions, Leader-Scholar Community design, and the dissertation process. 

Student Learning Outcomes

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    1. Cultural Competency (A): The Learning Associate will be able to critically reflect on student populations to purposefully create practices that meet the needs of all learners.
    2. Cultural Competency (B): The Learning Associate will be able to employ transformative practices when responding to social justice initiatives in their educational setting.
    3. Cultural Competency (C): The Learning Associate will be able to engage stakeholders within the educational setting and community make systemic curricular decisions surrounding multiculturalism and social justice.
    4. Research Methods & Methodology: The Learning Associate will be able to engage in and promote lines of inquiry that result in meaningful analysis, conclusions and recommendations for student and education-specific puzzles of practice.
    5. Systems Thinking: The Learning Associate will be able to develop a shared vision and commitment to high student achievement and foster collaboration and inquiry.
    6. Accountability for Equitable Student Performance: The Learning Associate will be able to effectively interpret data that supports the implementation of transformative curriculum and practices to foster accountable educational cultures that reflect high expectations.
    7. Applied Research: The Learning Associate will be able to analyze the systematic collection, review, dissemination, and use data in making data-driven decisions to bring about transformative change.
    8. Reflective Practice: The Learning Associate will be able to recognize transformative qualities through self-analysis, inquiry, and personal reflection to become effective change agents in their education setting.

Please direct any inquiries to the Ed.D. program coordinator at edd@kutztown.edu.    

How Can I Receive More Information?

To receive more information on the Ed.D. program, please request information via the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applications are invited for the upcoming Ed.D. cohort. Current applicants will be considered for admittance to the 2021 cohort. Cohorts begin in fall semesters only. Please direct questions about enrollment timelines to edd@kutztown.edu.

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