EdD in Adult Learning

Blended delivery thesis-based degree program designed for practicing professionals

Program/Degree

Doctor of Education - Adult Learning

Delivery

Online with two-week summer residencies (on-campus)

Duration

Three to six years (maximum)

Contacts

Graduate Program Administrator:
Lisa Dale
Email

Academic Co-coordinators:
Dr. Janet Groen
Email
Dr. Colleen Kawalilak
Email

The EdD in Adult Learning program is informed by a rich heritage rooted in a commitment to human, community and social development.  Designed for practitioners, the EdD provides candidates with the necessary leadership, critical thinking, and research skills to make an impact in their community. EdD graduates in this specialty serve in post-secondary teaching and administration roles, as teaching and learning consultants, and in non-profit organizations.  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 including traditional post-secondary and continuing education, business and industry, NGOs, community development, and international organizations.

Program Delivery

  1. Blended - Online and Face-to-Face

    EdD Summer Residency 2022:  Six-week summer program (blended delivery), including two weeks on-campus at UCalgary and four weeks online, conducted in July.  Please note program delivery is subject to change based on provincial health guidelines.

    Fall/Winter Semesters: Online

A registration package will be sent to new students after they have been admitted. Registration for the summer term will be available in late winter. Fall and Winter registration opens in the spring. Your Graduate Program Administrator will send more information about registration to you.

Fee details are available through the University Calendar. An explanation of fees is available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies' website.

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 doctoral 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.

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 (effective Sept 1, 2014).  Graduate Programs in Education Council (GPEC) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies have approved new Werklund School of Education guidelines for Candidacy.

All students admitted as of September 1, 2015 fall under the new procedure.

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.

Program Schedule

A list of required courses for the EdD in Adult Learning program is below. Completion of additional and relevant coursework outside of the required courses may be discussed with your supervisor.

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

  1. Year 1

    Summer (blended)

    EDER 733.04 Advanced Adult Learning Theory & Contexts
    and
    EDER 733.05 Discourses in Adult Education

    Fall (fully online)

    EDER 711 Advanced Research Methodologies

    Winter (fully online)

    EDER 712 Advanced Research Methodologies II

  2. Year 2

    Summer (blended)

    EDER 733.06 L02 (50360) Adult Education and Society
    and
    EDER 733.01 L01 (50359) Adult Education and Global Issues

    Fall (fully online)

    EDER 707 L01 Collaboratory of Practice I (71952)

    Winter (fully online)

    EDER 708 L01 Collaboratory of Practice II (11835)

  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

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

    Dissertation

    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 L01 (71672) Dissertation Seminar I

    Winter Terms (fully online)

    EDER 710 L01 (11684) Dissertation Seminar II 

EdD studnets

Prospective students: how to apply

Visit our Future EdD students page for current EdD specializations, admission requirements and application details.

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