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Curriculum for EdD, Transformative Action in Education

EdD Curriculum | Action-Orientated Dissertation Process | Admissions Process | Tuition, Fees, and Scholarship   

Curriculum Overview

Program Purpose: To integrate interdisciplinary ways of knowing, advance social change, and disrupt and recreate social systems.


The program focuses on interested in the study and practice of transformative leadership for social change through education.  We purposefully recruit students from every educational sector (K12 education, higher education, private school, charter schools, and non-profit educational organizations). 

Schedule of Courses
Year 1, Fall
EDUC 353 Interdisciplinary Ways of Seeing, Knowing and Acting
EDUC 352 Applied Inquiry I 


Year 1, Spring
EDUC 315 Cultural, Social, and Emotional Literacy (Term A)
EDUC 314 Socio-Cultural Perspectives and Inquiry (Term B)

EDUC 354 Applied Inquiry II
Year 1, Summer
EDUC 322 Qualitative Research Design & Methods

EDUC 317 Aesthetics, Arts, and Imagination 2 courses over 10 weeks   

Year 2, Fall
EDUC 202 Statistical Thinking
EDUC 319 Teaching as a Subversive Activity  

Year 2, Spring
EDUC 325 Quantitative Research Design & Methods
EDUC 368 Leading Complex Organizations (Term A)
EDUC 360 Trends, Issues, and Dynamics of Change (Term B)  

Year 2, Summer EDUC 356 Applied Inquiry III (Begin work with Dissertation Chair)
EDUC 326 Applied Multiple Regression or
EDUC 374 Action Research 2 courses over 10 weeks  

Year 3, Fall
EDUC 358 Applied Inquiry IV
EDUC 316 Systems Thinking and Interdisciplinary Curriculum Inquiry  

Year 3, Spring
EDUC 359 Dissertation Learning Community
EDUC 372M Measuring Social Impact Meetings & collaborative writing support spans through graduation after the course ends   

Year 3, Summer
EDUC 399 Doctoral Dissertation  

Year 4, Fall

  • EDUC 399 Doctoral Dissertation 
  • Defend Dissertation 

Year 4, Spring

  • Or defend Dissertation (Graduation Ceremony)

       Total Units Required for Graduation: 56 
       Course sequence subject to change.      

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Get Updates About the Program  
Curriculum Questions? Contact Dr. Laura Hallberg, lhallberg@pacific.edu or 209.946.2086 
Admissions Process Questions? Contact Morgan Lagomarsino, mlagomarsino1@pacific.edu, 209.946.2677

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