Doctor of Education

Welcome and congratulations to our newly admitted Doctor of Education (EdD) students!

Graduate Programs in Education is here to support you as you progress through your EdD program and develop into a scholar of the profession who leads research-informed and research-active change and innovation in your educational community.

Your EdD program components include course work, candidacy, research, and completion of a dissertation. This is a blended (consisting of face-to-face and online delivery) program designed to accommodate working professionals and students who reside in or outside of the city of Calgary.

Program Progression

EdD students have up to six years to complete all degree requirements. The first three years of your program include course work.

Year 1

Year 1 involves coursework in your area of specialization and research methods. These courses have been designed to develop your competencies as a “critical consumer of educational research”, and to develop skills in conducting field-focused research.

Year 2

The objective of Year 2 is to design and engage students in an in-depth analysis of an identified research focus in their specialized areas of practice. Students advance their knowledge through coursework in your area of specialization and research methods.

You will work with your supervisor on preparing for and determining the date for your candidacy exam.

Year 3

Year 3 has been designed to support students in synthesizing the field-focused research projects they developed in Year 2 into a dissertation.

Years 4-6

Years 4-6 are spent on preparing for your dissertation examination, and on completing all degree requirements.

Program Details

Fees for the EdD program are outlined in the University of Calgary calendar.

As a Graduate Student you are expected to devote the time, effort, and energy necessary to engage in scholarship.  As a graduate student, you will determine the specific milestones and requirements of your program of study in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar and with your graduate supervisor. 

An integral part of the masters experience is working closely with a supervisor on the development and completion of a research project.  A graduate supervisor mentors graduate students through regular meetings and research training aimed at research, scholarship, teaching and professional development. Graduate supervisors support students in the timely completion of their programs.  As a Graduate Student, you are expected to meet with your graduate supervisor on a regular basis.  While each student-supervisor relationship is unique, graduate supervisors can assist graduate students in a number of ways: advising on course selection, applying for awards and scholarships, obtaining research funds, applying for teaching assistant and sessional teaching opportunities, developing track records in refereed publications and conference presentations, getting involved in leadership and service, and encouraging and supporting apprenticeship in a research community of practice (collaborative review of papers, grants, academic writing, and data analysis). 

In the EdD program a supervisor is normally appointed at the time of admission.

  1. Candidacy Examination

    Candidacy must be completed within 28 months from the program start date.

    The Werklund School of Education Candidacy procedure falls under the Faculty of Graduate Studies Candidacy Regulations.  Graduate Programs in Education Council (GPEC) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies have approved new Werklund School of Education guidelines for Candidacy.

  2. Dissertation

    The Doctoral dissertation is the focus of the degree program. In consultation with the supervisor, the student should formulate an appropriate thesis topic as early as possible in the program because the nature and type of proposed doctoral research will affect the time needed to complete the program.  The student’s research problem, research questions and the development of the research proposal will be tied to engagement in coursework and the preparation needed in order to complete the program. The thesis proposal must be approved by the supervisory committee before continuing towards candidacy. 
    For guidance in preparing the research proposal, please refer to the Werklund School of Education Candidacy Requirements.
    For guidance in preparing the final thesis/dissertation, please refer to the GPE Thesis/Dissertation Rubric and the Student Guide to the Dissertation Oral.

    Ethics approval is required for all research projects involving the use of human subjects before data collection begins. Prior to submitting an ethics application, students are required to complete the TCPS 2 tutorial and upload the certificate of completion into their Researcher Profile in IRISS. Do NOT upload in the documentation section of a study. Register on theTCPS 2 website When registering, be sure to use your institution email address (name

    To initiate the ethics approval process, the student must submit an application to either the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board or the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board. Applications to the CFREB or CHREB are created and submitted online using IRISS. There are no paper application forms.

    Doctoral students should consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies Handbook of Supervision and Examination - Part III: Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Education for details regarding supervision and examinations, including candidacy and thesis oral examinations.

Current Specializations

Visit your specialization page for more details on your program. Prospective students: please view our "Future Students" page to view specializations that are currently accepting applications for admission.

Adult Learning

Informed by a rich heritage rooted in a commitment to human, community and social development. As a hub of interdisciplinarity, the focus of graduate studies within this specialization is on adult learning and adult education. Our graduate students draw from multiple and diverse contexts and interest areas, which include: traditional post-secondary and continuing education; business and industry; NGOs; community development and international organizations.

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Curriculum in Context

The topic of Curriculum in Context encompasses issues of content, context, and teaching in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Students can explore contemporary themes of curriculum and learning, including issues of globalization, gender, culture, power, traditions of wisdom, ecology in education, and the ideas and practices of social justice, examined from social, cultural, historical, political, discursive, ecological and other interpretive perspectives.

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Leadership in Post-Secondary Contexts

This EdD stream involves investigation of current trends and issues within the post-secondary context that encompasses higher education, tertiary or third level education contexts. The audience for this program is faculty, current leaders, and policy makers of universities, colleges, institutes of technology, colleges of applied arts and technology, vocational and trade colleges and others who are interested in: assuming leadership roles in the post-secondary educational environment, becoming an expert educational consultant, and/or obtaining an advanced (doctoral level) qualification for career advancement.

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Leading Language and Literacy Education

The Leading Language and Literacy Education EdD program has been designed to support teachers, principals, curriculum leaders, policy makers and community and non-formal educators as they engage with current research and practice in language and literacy learning. This program will also be of interest to linguists and language professionals, including specialists in language revitalization.

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Learning Sciences

An interdisciplinary field of scholarship that works to further scientific, humanistic, and critical theoretical understandings of learning as well as to engage in the design and implementation of pedagogical innovations to support learning. The primary mission is the advancement of knowledge and the preparation of future researchers and scholars of the discipline.

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Senior Leadership in K-12 Education

This EdD stream involves investigation of problems of practice within the K-12 education context. The audience for this program is senior principals, district leaders, ministry personnel, policy makers, and government officials who are interested in: assuming leadership roles in the K-12 educational environment, becoming an expert educational consultant, and/or obtaining an advanced (doctoral level) qualification for career advancement.

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Program Schedule

A list of required courses for the EdD program can be found below. Please visit your specialization page for information regarding your required specialization courses.

Please consult the Graduate Calendar for course descriptions.
Course outlines are normally posted in D2L 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the term.

Notice re: Summer Residency 2021

All EdD Summer 2021 classes will be moving fully online. There will be no on-campus Summer Residency. Please do not make any travel plans such as booking flights or accommodations. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

  1. Year 1

    Summer (fully online)

    Two Specialization courses (Please visit your specialization page for details)

    Fall (fully online)

    EDER 711 Advanced Research Methodologies

    Winter (fully online)

    EDER 712 Advanced Research Methodologies II

  2. Year 2

    Summer (fully online)

    Two Specialization courses (Please visit your specialization page for details)

    Fall (fully online)

    EDER 707 Collaboratory of Practice I

    Winter (fully online)

    EDER 708 Collaboratory of Practice II

  3. Years 3-6

    The work completed in years 3-6 is variable and depends on your pace. Students have up to six years to complete their EdD program.


    Candidacy must be completed within 28 months from the program start date. 


    Your dissertation is the focus of your degree program. 

    Students enrol in Dissertation Seminar once you have successfully completed your candidacy exam and have begun to work on your dissertation. Dissertation Seminar is offered every fall and winter term. 

    Fall Terms (fully online)

    EDER 709 Dissertation Seminar I

    Winter Terms (fully online)

    EDER 710 Dissertation Seminar II

Spring 2020

No EdD courses offered

Summer 2020

Classes begin: Monday, June 29, 2020
Classes end: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Fall 2020

Classes begin: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Classes end: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Winter 2020

Classes begin: Monday, January 11, 2021
Classes end: Thursday, April 15, 2021