Tuition Assistance —
Accepted EdD candidates receive financial assistance of up to 50% of tuition. This puts a Baylor doctoral degree within reach, especially since the program is designed for educators to continue in their professional careers.
Cohort Model —
Students advance through the EdD program alongside colleagues in a cohort of educational leaders. This model provides an enriched and cooperative learning experience that builds teamwork and networks through on-campus coursework with the cohort, as well as independent and virtual experiences.
Weekend Scheduling —
To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, courses are taught in intense, concentrated segments over several weekends and during the summer.
Mentored Clinical Experience —
The EdD curriculum includes a structured clinical experience designed to support the program. Students benefit from a field experience addressing complex problems of practice, guided by a veteran educational executive. The mentorship experience fulfills the requirements for Superintendent Certification in Texas.
Certification Preparation —
The EdD curriculum, which provides broad preparation for leadership positions in K-12 institutions, will prepare candidates for Superintendent Certification if they choose to pursue it. Coursework supports certification requirements, and the Baylor School of Education’s Office of Professional Practice (OPP) will facilitate certification. To earn superintendent certification, principal certification is required. Therefore, we highly recommend principal certification prior to applying to the EdD program.
Focus on Problem Solving —
Baylor’s EdD prepares leaders within a character-based, ethics-informed framework for solving complex problems in educational practice, providing a strong knowledge base and teaching important analytical, management, and leadership skills.
Blend of Theory and Practice —
All coursework ties theory to practice, culminating in a capstone experience. Through the dissertation-in-practice, students address real-life problems in education, applying knowledge by analyzing data, developing a plan for implementation, and persuasively presenting the data-based solution.