Ed.D or Ph.D.?
Completion of the Ed.D. can lead to opportunities to teach in a four-year university program preparing future teachers. In addition, the Ed.D. can open opportunities for leadership in K-12 schools as curriculum specialists, curriculum directors, or other administrative or teaching roles. Traditionally, the Ed.D. is viewed as a degree for “practitioners”, whereas the Ph.D. is viewed as the degree for researchers. Faculty of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Baylor University holds both Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Students who are uncertain of which degree is best for them should take the opportunity to discuss both degrees with faculty members of the department, and then make a decision based on personal long term goals.