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
Careers

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

Faculty

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 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 with no individual sub-score below 6.5. 
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. 
  • 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 translated into U.S. dollars

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.