Educational Practice EdD


Program Format:

This program is designed for the working professional with a flexible schedule to accomodate your demanding lifestyle.

  • Cohort-based model allows students to work collaboratively through the program and coursework together (18-24 students). Students will work collaboratively in 'research pods' inquiring into shared areas of interest.
  • Classes meet five or six times per term (typically every second or third weekend).
  • Classes are typically held on Friday evenings and Saturdays.
  • Students complete five 5-unit courses, a comprehensive exam, and a doctoral dissertation.
  • Course work is not discipline specific but provides methodological and general support for work in the program.
  • Students are invited to attend a three-day summer institute (July) which will allow for small group study, complemented by extended dialogue with professors, colleagues, and invited world class scholars and practitioners.


  • Location: SFU Surrey
  • Start Term: Fall 2015
  • Apply from: Nov. 15, 2014
  • Apply by: Mar. 15, 2015
  • Tuition 2015/16: $4612.10/term

Students complete:

EDUC 911-5
Colloquium in Curriculum Theory

This course is determined in context with the program.

EDUC 950-5
Approaches to Educational Research

The broad paradigms encompassing much current educational research are examined, with emphasis on their philosophical and assumptional bases, as well as general ethical and methodological issues. Particular attention is paid to the critical reading of research and the implications for educational leadership. In addition, students begin to identify a research topic and to develop a defensible research orientation.

EDUC 818-5
Leadership Studies

This course examines three interrelated aspects of educational leadership studies of conceptual and theoretical foundations, with a particular emphasis on ethics of leadership; current research in the field, including feminist and cultural critiques; and topical issues and problems of leadership practice. Considerations of leadership character and role, power and authority in organizational relationships, and organizational goal achievement are central to the course.

EDUC 964-5
Seminar in Educational Theory

This course is determined in context with the program.

EDUC 907-5
Selected Topics: Advanced Practitioner Inquiry

Practitioner inquiry is a diverse and emerging research methodology, drawing from and informed by various research traditions including action research, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, self-study, collaborative inquiry, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. In order to meaningfully adapt and apply practitioner inquiry within unique contexts to address specific problems of practice, practitioner scholars must be aware of the historical roots and foundational assumptions underlying this research methodology, as well as diverse applications.

EDUC 983-5
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

EDUC 840-0
Graduate Seminar

In this course students will accumulate vital resources and gain invaluable skills towards completing a Doctoral Program in a timely manner. This graduate seminar exemplifies the praxis of a Doctoral Level student balancing theory, method, practice and sustainability by building a creative, collaborative and supportive community.

EDUC 899-15*
Doctoral Thesis

Prerequisite: EDUC 983.

*Effective January 1, 2018, the unit value of EDUC 899 increased to 15 units from 10 units.

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