The Neag Ed.D. is a part-time, 43-credit program divided into three distinct phases.

  • Year One is designed to develop students’ competencies as critical consumers of educational research and students’ skills to conduct practitioner-inquiry. Students will learn about the education policy system and leadership frameworks in the field of education.
  • Year Two is designed to strengthen students’ understanding of qualitative and quantitative methods. Coursework will also advance students’ knowledge of social justice, legal issues, and workplace learning in education. Students will conduct a pilot study related to their problem of practice.
  • Years Three and Four are designed to support students in their capstone research projects.

Fall and Spring classes are held on Tuesday evenings between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Currently, each course is a mix of in-person (Storrs campus) and online modalities.

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Ed.D. Course Sequence

Year 1 (14 credits)


  • Policy (EDLR 6466) (3 credits)
  • Inquiry I (EDLR 6054) (3 credits)


  • Leadership (EDLR 6312) (3 credits)
  • Inquiry II (EDLR 6055) (3 credits)


  • Practicum - Critical Reading of Literature (EDLR 6092) (2 credits)


Year 2 (17 credits)


  • Quantitative Methods (EDLR 6465) (3 credits)
  • Social Justice (EDLR 6467) (3 credits)


  • Qualitative Methods (EDLR 6052) (3 credits)
  • Legal Issues (EDLR 6314) (3 credits)


Timing of this course is subject to change for the 2021 cohort and beyond.

  • Workplace Learning (EDLR 5202) (3 credits)


  • Practicum - Methods/Theory (EDLR 6092) (2 credits)


Year 3 (at least 12 credits)


  • Proposal Development (EDLR 6050) (3 credits)


  • Independent Study (GRAD 6950*) for Proposal Writing

Year 4 


  • Independent Study (GRAD 6950) for Data Collection and Capstone Writing

* A total of 9 credits of GRAD 6950 must be taken prior to graduating. It can be taken in allotments of 1 to 9 credits at a time.