Doctor of Education

Welcome and congratulations to our newly admitted Doctor of Education (EdD) students! We look forward to seeing you on campus this July.

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 a two-week residency at the University of Calgary in the month of July and online coursework completed in the Fall/Winter. Your first year has been designed to develop your competencies as a “critical consumer of educational research”, and to develop skills in conducting field-focused research.

Year 2

Year 2 includes participation in your second two-week residency, also in July, at the University of Calgary. Online coursework is completed in the Fall and Winter. 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.

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.

Summer Residency 2020

Learn more about the summer residency component of your program.

Summer on campus

Term & Residency Dates

The summer term runs Monday, June 29 - Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Please be advised that you may have readings or online coursework to complete throughout the entirety of the summer term. Students are expected to be able to complete online coursework before/after our residency period.

You will be on campus for our summer residency from Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 17, 2020.

Moving into residence

Accommodations & Travel

Students must pay for and secure their own accommodations and travel arrangements to/from Calgary.

A room block in Hotel Alma (our on campus hotel) has been secured for Werklund School of Education students. Rooms are available from July 5 - 18, 2020. Rates vary depending on the style of accommodation that you select. This room block is available until May 22, 2020, so please book sooner rather than later!

Learn more about booking with Hotel Alma.

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 https://tcps2core.ca/register. When registering, be sure to use your institution email address (name @ucalgary.ca)

    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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Courses are listed by term. Please visit your specialization page for more information on your required courses.

Spring 2020

Start of Classes: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
End of Classes: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

There are no EdD courses running in Spring 2020.

Please connect with your supervisor to discuss work that may be completed in Spring 2020.

Summer 2020

NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS: you will not yet be able to register for your Summer courses. Your Graduate Program Advisor will send you information on course registration in the coming weeks.

Registration Start Date: February 3, 2020
Start of Classes: Monday, June 29, 2020
Summer Residency: Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 17, 2020
End of Classes: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

EDER 733.04 L01 (class #50633)
Advanced Adult Learning Theory & Contexts

EDER 733.05 L02 (class #50634)
Discourses in Adult Education

EDER 783.04 L01 (class #50228)
Narratives in Place

EDER 783.03 L02 (class #50229)
The Cultural Politics of Curriculum

EDER 779.05 L01 (class #50085)
Introduction to the Learning Sciences

EDER 779.06 L02 (class #50086)
Introduction to Computer Supported Learning

EDER 719.30 L01 (class #50083)
Globalization, Policy & Governance

EDER 705 L01 (class #50635)
Doctoral Seminar in Ed Leadership

Fall 2019

Fall 2020 courses will be posted later this spring.

Registration Start Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Start of Classes: Thursday, September 5, 2019
End of Classes: Friday, December 6, 2019

EDER 709 L02 Dissertation Seminar I

EDER 709 L01 Dissertation Seminar I

EDER 713 L02 Participatory Methods in Education

EDER 707 L01 Collaboratory of Practice I

EDER 707 L02 Collaboratory of Practice I

EDER 707 L02 Collaboratory of Practice I

Winter 2020

Winter 2021 courses will be posted later this spring.

Registration Start Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Start of Classes: Thursday, January 10, 2020
End of Classes: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

EDER 710 L02 Dissertation Seminar II
Course outline - Winter 2020

EDER 710 L01 Dissertation Seminar II

Students must select one of:

EDER 714 L01 Action Research Methods
EDER 701.23 L01 Interpretive and Critical Research Methodologies

EDER 708 L02 Collaboratory of Practice II

EDER 708 L01 Collaboratory of Practice II

EDER 708 L01 Collaboratory of Practice II