the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Doctor of Education

The Ed.D. involves the completion of the following requirements:

  • Graduate Research Seminar (2 hours)
  • Cooperative Program Class (0 hours)
  • Eight Area Seminars (6 hours each, 48 total)
  • Oral Comprehensive Exams (see below for more information)
  • Thesis Writing (6 hours)
  • Thesis Defense (4 hours)
  • Total Ed.D. Credit Hours = 60 hours

Foundational Year

General Seminars

  1. 42490 Cooperative Program (0 hours) – this class will be offered online, no travel will be required
  2. 81020 Graduate Research Seminar (2 hours) – this class is offered in August and January of each year and must be taken in the first year of study of the Ed.D.

Summer Term (Last Full Week of July)

  1. Mon-Wed: 92000 Theological Foundations for Educational Research (6 hours)
  2. Thurs-Sat: 92010 Empirical Foundations for Educational Research (6 hours)

Winter Term (Second Full Week of January)

  1. Mon-Wed: 92020 Methodological Foundations for Education and Administration (6 hours)
  2. Thurs-Sat: 92030 Theological Foundations for Leadership (6 hours)

Advanced Research Year

Summer Term (Last Full Week of July)

  1. Mon-Wed: 92040 Social and Organizational Change (6 hours)
  2. Thurs-Sat: 92050 Human Development and Christian Formation (6 hours)

Winter Term (Second Full Week of January)

  1. Mon-Wed: 92060 Critical Reflection and Research Evaluation (6 hours)
  2. Thurs-Sat: 92070 Mentorship and Guided Research (6 hours)

Thesis

Summer Term

  1. 92080 Thesis Research and Writing (6 hours)

Second Full Week of October

  1. Thurs-Fri: 92090 Thesis Defense (4 hours)

 

On-Campus Experience

Modular format seminars meet twice per year. A typical on-campus experience for modular students who are taking classes is to take two three-day seminars twice a year, the last full week of July and the second full week of January.

As far as your daily schedule within these seminars, while the structure may vary from seminar to seminar, a general window into your day will probably look something like this:

Day One (Monday/Thursday)

  • 830-1130 am: Seminar Session One
  • 1130-100pm: Lunch with your research team
  • 100-400pm: Seminar Session Two
  • 400-530pm: Dinner with research team or faculty
  • 530-830: Seminar Session Three

Day Two (Tuesday/Friday)

  • 830-1130 am: Seminar Session Four
  • 1130-100pm: Lunch with your research team
  • 100-400pm: Seminar Session Five
  • 400-530pm: Dinner with research team or faculty
  • 530-830: Seminar Session Six

Day Three (Wednesday/Saturday)

  • 830-1130: Seminar Session Seven
  • 1130-230: Lunch with research team and faculty
  • 230-830: Research

What is the workload like for modular format Ed.D. seminars?

Workload varies from class to class. Prior to each seminar, students will complete pre-seminar work that typically consists of about 3,000-3,500 pages of reading. In addition, students will interact with one another in the months leading up to classes through online discussions related to that reading. These discussions will begin the day after Memorial Day (for July semianrs) and the Monday after Thanksgiving (for January seminars).

What is the breakdown for when modular Ed.D. students are typically on campus?

Semester 1

  • Campus Trip #1 – 3 days for the Graduate Research Seminar and Orientation in either August or January
  • Campus Trip #2 – 6 days for January Seminars

Semester 2

  • Campus Trip #3 – 6 days for July Seminars

Semester 3

  • Campus Trip #4 – 6 days for January Seminars

Semester 4

  • Campus Trip #5 – 6 days for July Seminars

Semester 5

  • Campus Trip #6 – days as necessary for finalizing and defending thesis
  • Note: Students may need to take additional trips to campus between #5 & #6 for the purpose of research or interaction with their supervisor

Total Time on Campus: 30 days

 

Comprehensive Exams

 

When will I take my comprehensive exams?

Oral comprehensive exams will be scheduled as part of your Critical Reflection and Research Evaluation seminar (92060), so you will not have to make a separate trip to Louisville.

What do I need to do before I am able to take my oral comprehensive exams?

Before being scheduled for oral comprehensive examinations, you must successfully complete four foundational seminars and two advanced seminars. Thus, you should plan to take your comprehensive exams in your fourth trip to Louisville during the Mon-Wed January seminar.

What are oral comprehensive exams like?

Comprehensive examinations test your capacities as a problem solver and practitioner scholar by focusing on your ability to coordinate and to apply research findings related to his or her research focus. Although your entire research team will be present for these examinations, answers are presented individually. Your primary mentor will present two questions; one of these two questions will relate to your thesis topic. A practitioner in your field of study will present a third question and will participate in the evaluation of the student’s answers to the mentor’s questions.

Each of your responses must last no more than twenty minutes but no fewer than fifteen minutes.

Am I allowed to use any helps during the exam?

You may bring three pages of notes – single-spaced with one-inch margins and with a typeface no smaller than twelve-point Times New Roman.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.