Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a blended delivery thesis-based degree program designed for practicing professionals

Why choose the EdD?

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) program is designed to support the needs and interests of practicing professionals across a variety of contexts. Providing advanced preparation for educational leaders, the Werklund School's EdD community includes a diverse range of learners including teachers and administrators in K-12 and higher education; community-based educators and facilitators; adult and lifelong learning educators and practitioners; health and wellness educators; outdoor education and environmental educators; human resource professionals and workplace learning facilitators; counsellors and career-development specialists; and leaders in non-profit public service organizations.

Lead change and innovation in your community

The EdD program develops scholars of the profession who can lead research-informed change and innovation in their communities. As a cohort-based program, it is compatible with the busy lifestyles of professionals, allowing students to continue working in their communities while developing new skills, engaging in scholarly discourse, and carrying out field-focused research.

EdD program components include: course work, candidacy, research, and completion of a dissertation. This is a blended (face-to-face and online delivery) program designed to accommodate working professionals whether you live in Calgary or internationally. Students have up to six years to complete all degree requirements. The first three years of the program include course work.

*Year 1 includes a two-week residency in July at the University of Calgary, followed by four weeks online course work, designed to develop students’ competencies as “critical consumers of educational research” and to develop skills to conduct field-focused research.
Year 2  includes a second two-week residency, also in July, at the University of Calgary, and four weeks online course work, designed to engage students in an in-depth analysis of an identified research focus in their specialized areas of practice.
Year 3 is designed to support students in synthesizing their Year 2 field-focused research projects into a dissertation. 
*Coursework from September through May is completed online by students.
Year 4-6 provides students with up to six years to complete all degree requirements.

Find Your Specialization

Please note that not all specializations and topics are offered each year


Specializations accepting applications for 2022:

Applications are open/accepted September 1 - December 1.

Specializations offered in 2021 (applications closed):

Program Details

  1. Application Dates

    Application opens:  September 1
    Application deadline: December 1
    Official supporting document deadline: December 1-No Exceptions

    Students must use the online application found at the How to Apply page.

  2. Program Delivery

    Blended, includes both online and face-to-face courses.

    In years 1 and 2, EdD students are required to complete two Summer courses per year. Summer courses include a two-week face-to-face residency on-campus followed by four weeks supplementary online assignment submissions. Fall and Winter courses are offered fully online.

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, Graduate Programs in Education requires:

  • A course or thesis-based Master's degree in an appropriate field. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a four-point scale in a Master's degree program.
  • A written statement of approximately 500 words indicating the applicant's reasons for wishing to pursue a graduate program. In this statement, briefly outline how your research interests and goals align with the specialization you have applied to; identify relevant prior research, teaching and leadership experiences, publications, awards and recognitions, that you bring to doctoral research. To help us to consider potential supervisors, please identify Werklund School of Education academic faculty members whose research expertise aligns with your own.
  • Candidates will be expected to have, or to obtain, relevant practical experience in their area of specialization.
  • For the 2022 Application, Graduate Programs in Education will not be accepting Duolingo for ELP purposes.

    Proficiency in the English language is essential for the pursuit and successful completion of graduate programs in the Werklund School of Education.  Prior to admission to Graduate Programs in Education, an applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement for academic purposes in one of the following ways:

    An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) score of 97.
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 (Academic Version).
    Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) score of 70 (no less than 70 in each section).
    Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) score of A- in each course.

    A Graduate Program Director may exempt an applicant whose first language is not English from the ELP requirement if they meet the following criteria:

    The student has completed
    a Bachelor’s Degree (minimum of 3 years in length), or
    a Graduate Degree
    in an institution where the sole language of instruction and examination is English.

    Eligible institutions must be listed as providing English language instruction in the World Higher Education Database (WHED). Please remember, even if you have a degree from an institution included on this list, exemption from ELP requirements remain at the discretion of Graduate Program Directors
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  • a Graduate Degree
  • Two references - References are submitted directly through the online application system.  No hard copy documents are required.
  • Current CV

Admission Portfolio

Applicants to the Doctor of Education program are strongly encouraged to submit an Admission Portfolio containing examples of their work. The purpose of the Admission Portfolio is to give applicants the opportunity to provide additional documentation that demonstrates their suitability and qualifications for doctoral studies. The Admission Portfolio is especially relevant for applicants who do not hold a thesis-based Master's degree.

This document may contain the following (please include a table of contents):

  • thesis (if applicable) methodology chapter only
  • writing sample (curriculum development, conference presentations and/or proceedings)
  • non-print materials, e.g. link to personal external website, blogs)

Relevant Prior Learning Considerations

In exceptional circumstances, individuals who do not meet formal academic requirements, but who have significant life achievements, may be considered for admission to some graduate programs. The candidates must provide evidence demonstrating a potential to successfully undertake the proposed program of studies. Such candidates are advised to make early contact with Graduate Programs in Education, and supply additional supporting documents as part of their application package, such as:

  • evidence of personal continuing education/training,
  • results in these continuing education efforts,
  • experience in the field related to the aspired degree,
  • effective management of people, resources, finances, situations,
  • increasing or varying responsible positions in organizations related to the aspired degree,
  • work-related products, e.g., reports, programs of learning or training, handbooks, videos, manuals, workshops, seminars,
  • evidence of personal growth in knowledge, understanding, management skills, and intellectual resources,
  • evidence of innovation,
  • evidence of leadership, coordination.

In all these cases, the decision whether or not to admit the applicant rests with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Admission to all graduate programs is highly competitive due to limited enrollment capacities. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

All graduate programs are governed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In the case of any conflict, regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar take precedence over material on this website. Please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for University of Calgary graduate admission requirements.

Please check Application Process for details.

Offers of admission are valid only for the term to which applications are made.  Graduate Programs in Education will not grant deferrals of admission.  Students unable to take up an offer will be required to submit a new application.

All supporting documents are due on December 1- No Exceptions. This is the same date as the application deadline. 

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that transcripts arrive before the application deadline, and that referees are aware of this deadline.

Transcripts

Official transcripts must be sent directly from all post-secondary institutions you have attended (even if you did not graduate) to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Official transcripts need to be sent by the transcript office(s) (i.e., the office or unit responsible for transcripts) of the institution(s) that you attended.

If original documents are not in English, you must supply an English translation from the issuing University or a notarized word-for-word English translation of a duplicate copy of your original transcript(s).

Transcripts can be sent by email to gradtranscripts@ucalgary.ca or by mail to the following address: 

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Earth Sciences, 1010
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
T2N 1N4

One official copy of your final official transcript(s) and degree certificates (if degree is not clearly stated on transcripts) in a signed, sealed envelopes from all institutions you attended. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the online application for initial evaluation purposes. Admission offers, however, are conditional upon receipt of official transcripts.  

These documents may be sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies from the institution or they can be mailed to you and you can mail them to us yourself. 

Email transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution's transcript office to gradtranscripts@ucalgary.ca.

Open official transcripts are not considered as official.

Please visit https://grad.ucalgary.ca/future-students/how-apply/transcript-faq-applicants to answer frequently asked questions on transcripts

Applications, transcripts and all supporting documents must be submitted 11:59 pm MT on the application deadline date for each program. NO EXCEPTIONS

Transcripts for courses taken at the University of Calgary are not required.

References

Two (2) academic references are required. References will be asked to complete an online reference form. No hard copy letters of reference or documents will be accepted.

Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies' advice on finding references for your application.

References are due by the application deadline, so you should complete the online application earlier in order to give your referees sufficient time to submit their reference. Referees will receive notification on how to submit their reference after you submit your application and are due on the application deadline regardless of when they receive the notification. Please ensure that your references are aware of the supporting document submission deadline. Applications without completed reference forms will be considered incomplete after the application deadline has passed.

Statement of Intent

Statement of Intent must be uploaded to your Student Centre after the application has been submitted.  Applicants will receive a confirmation email with instructions and information regarding this process upon completion and submission of the online application.

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 this 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. Graduate Programs in Education also has Candidacy Requirements for our doctoral degree programs.

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 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.

  1. Year 1

    Summer (blended - face-to-face and 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 (blended - face-to-face and 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 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 Dissertation Seminar I

    Winter Terms (fully online)

    EDER 710 Dissertation Seminar II

Have Questions?

Graduate Program Administrator (GPA)

Please refer to your desired EdD specialization page for GPA contact info

Academic Program Coordinator

Specialization specific Academic Program Coordinator info listed on EdD specialization pages

Ready to Apply?

Applications open September 1 - December 1. All students apply for admission through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please note that topics are offered yearly and subject to change.

Learn more about applying