The purpose of the Ed.D. program is to prepare outstanding scholarly leaders for key roles in diverse educational organizations. The objectives and expected outcomes for graduates of the program are described in the following outline:
1. Program graduates will be able to conceptualize excellence for learners in diverse urban and border educational organizations through:
- the study of urban and border educational problems
- the use of field-based learning as a way to reflect on and learn from urban/border educational issues
- the study of borders and border students as metaphors for understanding multicultural education, as well as marginality and alienation, and
- the ability to synthesize research and practical experience.
2. Program graduates will be able to generate and use research data to:
- inform decisions in action settings
- analyze and cope with complexity
- plan instructional improvement, and
- maximize the use of resources.
3. Program graduates will be able to lead diverse educational organizations through:
- ethical stewardship of resources
- insightful innovation and systematic change
- shared power and authority, and
- the design of and participation in educational partnerships.
4. Program graduates will be able to create supportive learning communities through:
- continuous renewal and staff development
- creative and effective use of organizational skills
- effective interpersonal skills, and
- modern multimedia communication.
5. Program graduates will be able to understand and evaluate effectiveness of educational practice through:
- qualitative and quantitative analysis
- comprehensive system analysis
- financial and economic analysis
- participation in appropriate professional associations.
Unique Features of the Ed.D. Program
1. Emphasis on the border region’s characteristics and needs: El Paso is one of the largest cities along the U.S.-Mexico border, which makes it a unique place to work, live, and conduct research. Educational issues studied in this environment will offer considerable insight into policy formation in urban, multicultural and international regions, as well as applications for educational reform across the United States.
2. Research in a culturally and linguistically diverse area: UTEP and El Paso’s K-12 schools serve a bilingual population; mostly English and Spanish. Because of this, students enrolled in the doctoral program may get involved in research conducted in Spanish and English.
3. Cohort study: The Ed.D. offers a cohort program that provides a sense of community and mutual support during students' doctoral experiences from core course work through the dissertation.