Applications open September 1 - December 1
The Doctor of Education (EdD) is situated within a practitioner-scholar approach, a preparation model that is focused on research-informed practice. This EdD stream involves investigation of current trends and issues within the post-secondary context which 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, educational consultancy, and/or obtaining an advanced (doctoral level) qualification for career advancement.
This program is a combination of coursework and thesis preparation whereby the coursework scaffolds students’ learning, development of expertise, and scholarly activities required to undertake and write up research. This program is cohort based and has the feature of increased support provided by peers, instructors, supervisors, and potentially, from the field. Topic areas covered include: understanding the post-secondary context nationally and internationally; instructional leadership; other leadership issues including: research, service, budgeting, building human capacity, and the quality agenda; and technology innovation for teaching, research, services, and administration within the post-secondary environment. Students have the choice of a thematic (investigation of a problem of practice) or field dissertation (potentially commissioned research undertaken in collaboration with a particular institution).
Blended - Online and Face-to-Face
EdD Summer Residency: Six-week summer program (blended delivery), including two weeks on-campus at UCalgary, followed by four weeks online. 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.
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 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.
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.
A list of required courses for the EdD Leadership in Post-Secondary Contexts program can be found below. Completion of additional and relevant coursework outside of the required courses may be discussed with your supervisor.
Summer Residency 2022
The summer term runs Monday, June 27 - Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
Students are expected to be available for the entire term and able to complete online course work before and after the summer residency period. Further details will be available in your course outline.
On campus summer residency dates are Monday, July 4 – Friday, July 15, 2022.
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.
Years 1 and 2 have blended courses in the summer which include an on-campus component.
EDER 719.27 Instructional Leadership in Post-Secondary
EDER 719.26 The Post-Secondary Context
EDER 711 Advanced Research Methodologies
EDER 712 Advanced Research Methodologies II
EDER 719.28 L02 (1734) ICT Innovations in Post-Secondary
EDER 719.29 L01 (1733) Post-Secondary Leadership
EDER 707 L02 (4750) Collaboratory of Practice I
EDER 708 L02 (4736) Collaboratory of Practice II
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 (online)
EDER 709 L01 (2434) Dissertation Seminar I
Winter Terms (online)
EDER 710 L01 (2479) Dissertation Seminar II
Prospective students: how to apply
Visit our Future EdD students page for admission requirements and application details. A list of EdD specializations that we are accepting applications into is outlined on this page.