EdD Content Areas


Total Number of Hours in the Program: 65
48 hours of coursework
11 hours of clinical experience
6 hours of dissertation*


Baylor’s program offers distinctive coursework, including courses in conflict resolution, persuasive communication, data visualization, and managing educational technology systems — including business functions as well as instructional technologies.

Program component coursework and related experiences in the EdD involve:

Block I: Educational Leadership-Management Core (33 hours)

Students will engage in studies of

  • advanced educational law
  • politics, policy and governance
  • school finance
  • trends in educational leadership
  • advanced studies for school executives
  • curriculum management and evaluation
  • conflict management and resolution
  • visioning, planning, and acquisitions of 21st century school facilities
  • ethics and values in educational leadership; and state, national, and international education systems
Block II: Disciplined Inquiry (12 hours)

Learning to carefully frame complex problems facing school leadership, being savvy consumers of research in support of problem analyses and data-informed decision-making, and using data visualization strategies that help clarify and persuasively pose high-potential solutions — these form the essence of student experiences for disciplined inquiry.

Block III: Persuasive Communications (3 hours)

Competences in effective oral and written persuasive communications are necessary skills for successful leaders.

Block IV: Clinical Experience (11 hours)

Students will have structured program-keyed clinical experiences learning to frame and address complex problems in educational settings that include working 1-1 with prominent educational leaders as mentors across much of the program. This clinical experience will generally serve as a basis for the dissertation.

Block V: Dissertation-in-Practice (6 hours)

Candidates complete a capstone experience/dissertation-in-practice documenting their efforts to address real-life complex problems of practice, analyze values, persuasively present data-based solution options to a superintendent of schools and policy body/board or agency head, and develop a plan for appropriate implementation.

* The degree plan may be modified during advisement on an individual basis to meet each student’s needs.