Learning and Teaching in Social Contexts, EdD

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Designed within an actionable, justice-focused framework, University at Buffalo’s Doctor of Education program in learning and teaching in social contexts blends contemporary theory and practice across synergistic learning experiences to produce the next generation of educational professionals dedicated to addressing emergent and persistent problems of practice.

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Why Learning and Teaching in Social Contexts at UB?

The Doctor of Education program in learning and teaching in social contexts offers:

  • an applied, professional degree that teaches students how to solve problems and address challenges that education leaders face in a range of diverse contexts
  • opportunities to address new or persistent educational concerns and seek solutions that are directly applicable to complex organizations

Our program prepares:

  • leaders who collaborate effectively across school, academic, and community boundaries to identify and understand problems of practice, and design and develop solutions to problems of practice
  • leaders who establish and grow intra- and inter-institutional capacity for continuous, evidence-based improvement
  • leaders who advocate for and drive efforts to achieve educational equity

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Doctor of Education (EdD)
Credits required for completion 60 doctoral credits
Time to completion 3 full years (9 part-time semesters)
Course delivery Online
  • change agents
  • curriculum developers
  • educational consultants
  • elementary and secondary school education administrators
  • instructional coordinators and coaches
  • learning specialists
  • postsecondary education administrators
  • principals
  • program and curriculum directors
  • staff developers
  • teachers
  • top executives / senior-level professionals
  • university instructors
Application deadline

Priority Deadline

Summer: Feb. 1, then rolling until Apr. 1


  • 24 credits required in Coursework Centering on a Problem of Practice (cc-PoP)
    Required course: LAI 613 Curriculum Theory
  • 18 credits required in Design and Research Methods for Improving Education (DRM)
    Required course: LAI 515 Action Research to Improve Teaching and Learning
  • 18 credits required in Dissertation in Practice (DiP)
    Required course: LAI 621 Critical Interpretations of Research
    Required course: LAI 644 EdD Inquiry Practicum
    Required course: LAI 702 Dissertation
  • 60 total credits required
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