Delivery format

The Ed.D. program will use a hybrid (combined online, videostreaming, and face-to-face) model for program delivery. In the first two years, students will enroll in a 1-credit doctoral seminar course and two 3-credit program courses (7 credits per term). In the final year (fall and spring), students will enroll in 6 credits each term while they complete their capstone experience (fall semester) and dissertation (spring semester).

Because our program views interpersonal interactions as a crucial leadership skill, students will have opportunities to meet regularly with their cohort members and program faculty. We have designed the program to have monthly, on-campus experiences from August to May in each of the first two years. Students will also be on campus periodically (no more than monthly) through the capstone and dissertation work in the final year.

Students will engage in one hybrid 3-credit course at a time, allowing concentrated focus on specific concepts within an 8-week period (one course during the first half of the semester, one course in the second half of the semester). Ed.D. 3-credit courses will take place on weekends, with each course having three Friday evening (5-9pm) and Saturday (8am-5pm) sessions. For each course, two of the weekend sessions will occur on the Iowa State campus and one will be delivered using videostreaming. Summer course formats are still being determined, but will not require more than monthly trips to campus.

The 1-credit seminar courses will combine one full day (Saturday) per semester on campus with additional asynchronous online work. Below you will see a diagram that reflects the first year of coursework.

Note 1: Field experiences appropriate to each track will be built into track courses.

Note 2: Our next cohort will not begin until Fall of 2021. Applications will begin in the Spring of 2021. 


Fall Semester 2019

Month August September Sept/Oct October November Nov/Dec December
Course Doc seminar, 1 cr. Course 1: All-cohort, 
3 cr.
All-cohort con’t All-cohort con’t Course 1: Track-specific, 3 cr. Track-specific con’t Track-specific con’t
Class Meetings Saturday 8-5 + Online On campus Friday/Saturday* Video streaming Friday/Saturday* On campus Friday/Saturday* On campus Friday/Saturday* Video streaming Friday/Saturday* On campus Friday/Saturday*

Spring Semester 2020

Month January February Feb/March March April April/May May
Course Course 2: Track-specific, 3 cr. Track-specific con’t Track-specific con’t Course 2: All-cohort, 
3 cr.
All-cohort con’t All-cohort con’t Doc seminar 2, 1 cr.
Class Meetings On campus Friday/Saturday* Video streaming Friday/Saturday* On campus Friday/Saturday* On campus Friday/Saturday* Video streaming Friday/Saturday* On campus Friday/Saturday* Saturday 8-5 + online

Summer Term 2020

Month May June July
Course Course 3: All-cohort, 3 cr. Doc seminar 3, 1 cr. Course 3: Track-specific, 3 cr.
Class
Meetings
TBD TBD TBD

*All Friday/Saturday meetings are Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.