Dissertation Defense

The purposes of the Dissertation and its defense are: 1) to determine whether Ed.D. program candidates have successfully mastered the learning outcomes of the program and can integrate them into an original piece of scholarship, 2) to assess whether candidates have mastered the process of academic inquiry sufficiently enough to produce a high-quality project that makes an original contribution to the knowledge base in a specialized field, 3) to provide a culminating experience for the Ed.D. candidates that requires them to integrate all the knowledge they have gained while completing the program, 4) to require Ed.D. candidates to express their dissertation research in a clear, coherent, and precise manner, and 5) to provide faculty with a final opportunity to evaluate whether or not the candidate meets all of the expectations of the Ed.D. degree program.