Elementary Education, EdD

Our doctoral program in elementary education will prepare you for positions of educational leadership in K–12 schools, higher education or in state education departments. With a focus on research and teaching, our program offers you the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in elementary education and work with faculty experts across formal disciplines.

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Why Elementary Education at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • cohort seminars on elementary education
  • collaborative applied research on school-based issues
  • integration of theoretical and experiential learning
  • team work in small groups that focuses on problem-solving

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Doctor of Education (EdD)
Credits required for completion 71
Time to completion 4 to 5+ years
Course delivery On campus

You'll find our alumni leading their field as:

  • deans and administrators in higher education
  • presidents of universities
  • professors at colleges and universities
  • researchers and authors
  • school superintendents and assistant superintendents
  • teachers
Application deadline Rolling admission

Program Coursework

Your program of study requires 71 credit hours:

  • Major – 15 credit hours
  • Minor – 9 credit hours
  • Electives – 3 credit hours
  • Research – 18 credit hours
  • School Research Practicum – 6 credit hours
  • Dissertation – 10 credit hours
  • Relevant master's degree courses – 10 credit hours

Application Requirements

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Test scores: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores from tests taken within the last five years.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Sample of academic writing: A sample of your academic writing (e.g., master's thesis, professional publication).
  • Statement of interest: Statement of your career goals and objectives.
  • Resume

Admission Interview: An interview is required to be considered for admission to this program.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test 
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.