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Sacramento EdD Action-Oriented Dissertation Process

We've created a unique dissertation process that allows you to customize your work in an area of personal and professional interest. Most importantly, your dissertation involves the application of your work through an applied, field-based project. This model allows for you to make a real-world impact while conducting an individually transformative inquiry project.

Action-oriented Project-based Dissertation

Our faculty work with each student in deciding which type of dissertation is most appropriate to address a "problem of practice," with the ultimate goal of producing innovative and creative solutions:

• Action Research
• Design-based Inquiry
• Program Evaluation
• Case Study

Students can also pursue options not listed here.

Applied Inquiry Coursework

An important feature of the Pacific program is the Applied Inquiry coursework. Through a series of four courses, you complete a large percentage of your dissertation work during your regular courses. Our students begin working toward completing their dissertation proposal in the first semester. The entire draft proposal is targeted for completion in the first semester of Year 3.

Supportive Community

A distinctive element of our program is the structured individual and group support that continues through graduation.  Traditionally, the dissertation writing process is an isolated, individual endeavor.  While our dissertations consist of individual research, we have unique cohort support structures in place that help you to move through the process with others.  Students continue meeting as a group until they defend their dissertation.  

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Curriculum Questions? Contact Dr. Rod Githens, rgithens@pacific.edu or 916.739.7332 

Admissions Process Questions? Contact Katrina Jaggears, kjaggears@pacific.edu or 916.340.6151


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