Education Doctorate in Transformational Teaching and Learning
KU's Education Doctorate in Transformational Teaching and Learning is designed to help teachers transform education, one student and one classroom at a time.
While traditional PhD programs prepare graduate students for conducting research in a specialized area of educational practice, this doctorate is designed for the career educator - the individual who envisions their career as a lifelong practitioner-scholar in the classroom, working with children and adults to improve lives. As a practitioner-scholar doctorate, it is intended to affect change from within-within schools, classrooms and within the teachers themselves-rather than from a top down, administrative level. This doctorate will provide teachers with the tools to transform their classrooms and practices.
The KU Education Doctorate (Ed. D.) in Transformational Teaching and Learning Program is designed to offer education and training to prepare educators who will ultimately transform their classroom to promote social change. It is a practitioner-scholar degree created to meet a set of "best practice" competencies/outcomes integrated with individual career and personal goals for teacher leaders with significant classroom experience. Kutztown University has applied for membership with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). Key elements of our program include:
- Students as Learning Associates model where teaching and learning will be, by intention and design, a bidirectional process with faculty;
- Use of a Signature Pedagogy, or a pervasive set of classroom practice, used to prepare scholarly practitioners for all aspects of their professional work;
- Emphasis on enhancing existing classroom skills by integrating theory and practice through job-embedded and "puzzles of practice" learning experiences;
- Focus on inquiry as practice to best use data to understand the effects of innovation in the classroom;
- A set of "best practice" competencies/outcomes that integrate job-embedded applications and artifacts that have a measurable impact on the classroom, school, and district.
- Classroom engagement elements focusing on contemporary educational challenges, often framed around questions of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice;
- Action research dissertation in practice (DiP) emphasizing the generation, transformation, and use of professional knowledge and practice;
- A cohort based, blended delivery format that fosters a strong support system, helping each member balance work, family life, and coursework
The program is a cohort-based, blended delivery model that merges in-person and online instruction. The cohort will study and work together over the course of the three-year program. The blended delivery format will consist of monthly weekend classes with online webinars, discussions, assignments, and work embedded tasks interspersed between meetings. The program begins with an intensive, multi-day retreat at the beginning and for each of the two consecutive summers.
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