EdD Professional Practice

Printer-friendly version

The Education Doctorate in Professional Educational Practice (EdD), is in line with the call from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to offer advanced degrees of professional practice that are distinct from doctoral research degrees in education. Doctorates in professional educational practice are advanced degree programs aimed at preparing professionals for leadership roles at all levels of education, as well as in other positions where the main interest is the application of research in education settings.

Delivery Options

This is a cohorted program that admits one cohort per cycle.  The next cohort will be admitted for in Summer 2020.  The program meets Saturdays at UH Manoa during the semester and during the summer.  Field work is required of all students.


The EdD at the College of Education will be accessible to qualified candidates across the state, and require approximately sixty-four semester hours of credit spread over three years of study. Students will be organized in cohorts to encourage collaboration on projects. Instruction will be conducted in a combination of:

  • Face-to-face coursework during the summer, fall, and spring semesters at UH Manoa (50%)
  • Participation in field-based projects during fall and spring semesters (50%)

Basis for Reform

The EdD is in line with similar reforms in doctoral education initiated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is also in keeping with recent developments in the field at other research institutions. The reform of doctoral degrees in education is supported by

  • the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions (CADREI)
  • the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • the American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • the University Council on Educational Administration (UCEA),

and leading experts in the field.

The EdD is a WASC accredited doctoral degree program.

Planning Principles Guiding Development of EdD Degree

The following four principles have helped to guide the planning for this degree. The preparation of quality educators in professional practice should take place, as far as possible:

  • In the context of thinking and acting as a leader in the profession
  • Be conducted in ways that provide opportunities for individuals to work collaboratively in solving problems and implementing appropriate plans of action
  • Include opportunities for the development and application of inquiry skills so that practitioners can apply their research skills to bring about improvements in practice
  • Provide opportunities in critical and ethical reflection on matters of educational importance
Students explaining

Quick Facts

HTSB Add A Field:
Teacher Licensure:
Online Classes:
Evening Classes:
Typical Length (Months):
3 Years
Apply Now (Makalei) What is Mākālei?