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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Mar 28, 2023
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Special Education, EdD

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EdD Curriculum

The EdD program is a three-year 90-credit program, including 30 credits transferred from relevant graduate work. Students are required to transfer 30 credits of graduate work into the EdD program. 

The EdD curriculum is delivered in several stages, through a variety methods:

  • Orientation: The EdD cohort participates in a full-day, on campus, orientation in the spring before the summer start of the program.  The day includes a welcome from the Dean of the School of Education, EdD program information, and cohort-building activities as well as an introductory session with other students in your Area of Concentration.  Orientation typically takes place in April.
  • One-week intensive on ramp: The EdD cohort will participate in a full-week, on campus, experience that includes intense work focused on understanding enduring problems of practice in education, health, and human development. This one-week experience, known as the “on-ramp”, will be your first foundations course on framing, identifying, and investigating problems of practice.  The on-ramp typically takes place in June.
  • Hybrid seminars: You will experience a hybrid model of education through online course experiences and in-person, once per month (typically on Saturdays) sessions on the Pittsburgh campus.  Attendance at in-person, on campus sessions is required.



Year 1: Summer Year 1: Fall Year 1: Spring Year 1: Summer

EDUC 3002 Foundation 1: Becoming a Leader Scholar Practitioner (3 credits)

EDUC 3001 Practitioner Inquiry 1
(3 credits)

EDUC 3003 Foundation 2: Leadership in Groups and Organizations (3 credits

ARCO: Course 1
(3 credits)

EDUC 3004 Foundation 3: Education Contexts (3 credits)

ARCO: Course 2
(3 credits)

EDUC 3005 Foundation 4: Investigating Policy as a Lever for Change (3 credits)

Practitioner Inquiry 2
(3 credits)

Year 2: Fall Year 2: Spring Year 2: Summer

EDUC 3009 Supervised Practitioner Inquiry (3 credits)

ARCO: Course 3 (3 credits)

EDUC 3007 Practitioner Inquiry 3 (3 credits)

ARCO: Course 4 (3 credits)

EDUC 3008 Practitioner Inquiry 4 (3 credits)

EDUC 3012 Laboratory of Practice (3 credits)

Year 3: Fall Year 3: Spring Year 3: Summer

EDUC 3099 Guidance in Scholarly Practice
(6 credits)

EDUC 3099 Guidance in Scholarly Practice
(6 credits)

EDUC 3099 Guidance in Scholarly Practice
(6 credits)



Special Education ARCO Curriculum


    Special Education ARCO Courses Credits / Units: 12

  • The new course will combine related topics from ADMPS 2115, IL 3571, and IL 3501. Credits / Units: 3

  • Beginning in fall 2019, EdD Special Education students will be able to simultaneoulsy complete the requirements for the PA Supervisor of Special Education certification within the existing 60 credits of the EdD Program. They may also opt to complete the EdD without adding the Supervisor of Special Education PDE certification.

    Students pursuing both the EdD and Supervisor of Special Education PDE certification will take 3 total credits of IL 3596 Internship in Special Education over the course of three semesters, instead of EDUC 3012 Supervised Internship. These students will be expected to follow internship guidelines and requirements established for the Supervisor of Special Education PDE certification. Students not electing to, or not qualified to complete the Supervisor of Special Education certification will not take IL 3596, and will instead take EDUC 3012 Supervised Internship.

    Students choosing for EdD/Supervisor of Special Education PDE certification program will need to pass all required courses in the plan of studies and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in addition to completing program benchmarks (See Appendix A). Students planning to apply for the Supervisor of Special Education certification are also required to pass the PRAXIS II examination in Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (Test Code 5411) in order to be certified.


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