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Degree: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Start Dates: Jan & July
Transfer up to 12 credits
Min. time: 3 years
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Internship Guide [PDF, 601kB]
Each student in the Doctor of Education Program (Ed.D.) is required to complete a 300-clock-hour (minimum) internship during her/his second year in the academic program (Semesters 3 and 4). The internship carries a total of six credit hours (three credits each semester).
The internship provides students the opportunity to integrate theory and practice while under the supervision of a qualified individual who possesses documented expertise in education. The internship is not meant to be “business as usual.” Rather, the experience is intended to challenge students in new ways, requiring them to step outside of their comfort zones. Given the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program’s focus, a central purpose of the internship is for students to explore the complexities involved in furthering ideals of social justice within an educational setting.
All students are required to design an internship that presents a challenge to the norms of their previous or current professional experiences. For example: an urban school professional might choose to participate in an internship in a rural setting; a community college professor might choose to experience a 4 year or graduate college setting; a university faculty might work with an administrator.
During both semesters of the internship, students are enrolled in a three-credit course (INTS 790/791). Final preparations for the internship take place when the course is convened at the academic residency that launches the third academic semester. The internship advisor, who serves as faculty for the internship course, guides these preparations. The internship syllabus establishes expectations and goals common to all internship experiences.