Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education

The Ed.D. program enrolls its final cohort in fall 2013.  HGSE will offer a Ph.D. in Education with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2014.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program prepares education scholars and leaders for the 21st century. The program provides rigorous research training that equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to have broad impact in the worlds of policy and practice. Working with premier faculty in the field, students conduct cutting-edge research that addresses the most pressing problems in education. Graduates often assume roles as university faculty, senior-level educational leaders, policymakers, and researchers.

Students join a community of scholars who work at the nexus of practice, policy and research. Within the Ed.D. program, HGSE offers five concentrations:  Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice; Human Development and Education; Culture, Communities, and Education; Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education; Higher Education. The Urban Superintendents Program enrolled its last cohort in Fall 2009 (see the new Ed.L.D. program).The concentrations give students great latitude in designing a highly individualized course of study based on their research interests. Drawing on the vast intellectual resources available at Harvard University, students combine the strengths of a wide array of fields and disciplines with deep knowledge of the education sector. Education scholars and leaders need expertise in at least one perspective and understanding of other perspectives to contribute to solving complex educational problems in the United States and around the world. The program embraces this premise through a core curriculum that includes a first-year course on the interdisciplinary nature of education, rigorous training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and a variety of experiences designed to stimulate learning from colleagues with different backgrounds, experiences, and career goals.

Our 2013 Ed.D. graduates pursued a wide range of topics for their dissertation work. You are welcome to review the dissertation titles and committee members for our most recent doctoral graduates. View 2013 graduate dissertations (132KB pdf).

2012 Doctoral Marshal: Chantal Francois

2012 Doctoral Marshal: Chantal Francois

"When I got to Harvard something that struck me, especially with literacy and urban adolescents, was what people called a 'crisis' in adolescent literacy... [exploring this] was the area that I was most passionate about."

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2012 Doctoral Marshal: Jennie Weiner

2012 Doctoral Marshal: Jennie Weiner

"The cohort experience was [so powerful]... I am flabbergasted and honored. It's been a privilege to work with so many amazing people who are passionate about education. It's invigorating, exciting, and I will miss that."

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Dare to Dream: William Trueheart

Dare to Dream: William Trueheart

After William Trueheart finished his undergraduate degree, he had dreams of being a businessman. But when he met a teacher who asked him to mentor some low-income students of color, his future aspirations changed.

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A New Way to Train Teachers: Brent Maddin

A New Way to Train Teachers: Brent Maddin

"Harvard was incredibly appealing to me because it allowed me to focus on exactly what I wanted to study. I've always been a person who tries to create my own education experiences. HGSE provided the right amount of flexibility."

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If You Build It: Rena Upitis

If You Build It: Rena Upitis

"...school buildings present students with powerful messages about what society values, then school architecture needs to be radically rethought." --Rena Upitis, author, Raising a School: Foundations of School Architecture

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