The Professional Practices Doctorate (Ed. D.) is an applied research degree that provides students with the opportunity to perform research within the context of their chosen profession. Students will be able to integrate rigorous academic professional development in research methodology to their professional practice and focus their inquiry on real-world, real-time applications.
The following is a list of characteristics of a Professional Practice Doctorate (PPD). While this list is not exhaustive and doesn’t reflect characteristics of all professional practices doctorates, there are similarities that are common among all of them.
This discipline-based educational leadership program is an exciting and meaningful way to earn a doctorate degree—a terminal degree that is both rigorous and highly relevant. While this program further prepares students to more effectively contribute to their professions, it also prepares leaders for related teaching/learning, applied research and service/outreach areas in higher education.