Mar 04, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Policy Studies, Measurement, and Evaluation, EDD

The Ed.D. program in Educational Policy Studies, Measurement, and Evaluation (EPME) provides advanced study for those who seek careers in the administration or evaluation of educational programs in schools, colleges, or other institutional settings. Ed.D. candidates may pursue a variety of research interests including but not limited to institutional research and assessment, educational measurement and evaluation, P-12 educational policy issues, post-secondary education, comparative education, and community/continuing education issues. 


Admission Requirements  

  • UK Graduate School Application 

  • Official transcripts for all previous coursework completed at any institution of higher education,  

  • A statement of purpose describing the student’s intellectual and professional goals for completing the program. Applicants are advised to clearly indicate the areas of coursework and research they wish to pursue. 

  • Four letters of reference with at least two from referees familiar with the students’ academic work 

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae 

  • Writing sample demonstrating academic writing (e.g., chapter of masters thesis, course paper, scholarly essay) 

  • Rolling Admission, Apply Anytime. 


Degree Requirements 

  • 43 Credit hours or equivalent preparation meeting UK requirements for residency prior to a qualifying exam for doctoral candidacy and a dissertation. 

  • All EPE students are required to take EPE 601  Proseminar (1 credit hour) during their first semester of study in the department. 

  • All EPME doctoral students build a program of study consisting of a minimum of 15 hours in a core area of concentration, at least 9 hours of research, and the rest of their hours in supporting coursework chosen in consultation with their advisory committee. Students are encouraged to take multiple courses in contextual studies in education and to take supporting coursework both inside and outside the College of Education.  

  • A student’s program of study may vary from this structure with approval from their program committee. 

  • The EdD qualifying exam consists of two parts.  1) A literature review building a rationale for a compelling problem of practice must be accepted by the advisory committee followed by 2) the defense of a full research proposal investigating that problem of practice.  The defense of proposal represents the official qualifying exam. 

  • The EdD dissertation requirements are the same as those for the PhD.  EdD candidates are encouraged to consider multiple stakeholders and to contextualize their study in a new or emerging problem of practice.