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Sociology and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Sociology and Education

In the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis

Degree Information & Requirements > Doctor of Education (EdD)

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The coursework for the Ed.D., which totals a minimum of 90 points, has seven components: basic social research design and methods, advanced social research design and methods, social theory, core coursework in the sociology of education, seminars and colloquia, coursework in the social context of teaching and learning, and elective courses. All of the required coursework is offered at Teachers College.

Basic social research design and methods (12 points) involves coursework in research design, probability and statistics, applied regression analysis, and qualitative research methods. Courses in advanced social research design and methods (minimum 6 points) build on these basic courses in the quantitative and/or qualitative domains. Social theory courses (3 points) draw from sociology and other social sciences. Ed.D. students also pursue a minimum of 15 points in core classes in the sociology of education and 6 points in seminars and colloquia designed to prepare students for dissertation research.

One of the hallmarks of the Ed.D. curriculum is a 9-point concentration in the social context of teaching and learning, which draws on courses in Education Policy and Social Analysis, Curriculum and Teaching, and International and Transcultural Studies. All students take at least one course in Develop-mental Psychology and Cognitive Studies in Education. The balance of the 90-point minimum is earned through elective courses selected in collaboration with the student’s advisor.

Policy Studies in Sociology Concentration Option:

  • EDPS 4000Education and public policy (3)
  • EDPS 5645Policy seminar I (3)
  • EDPS 5646Policy seminar II (3)
  • Approved content-driven policy course (3)