Educational Psychology
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Online Degree Program

The Doctor of Education online degree program in Educational Psychology challenges students to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of theories, best practices, and research in the educational psychology field.

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The California Coast University online Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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The Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology degree program consists of 13 total courses, followed by a final Comprehensive Examination.
The required courses are comprised of: 2  Foundation Courses > 3  Qualifying Courses > 6  Core Courses > and 2 Research Courses.
Once completed, there is a Comprehensive Examination, followed by a Dissertation Planning, Dissertation Proposal, Dissertation and Oral Defense .
There are 66 total semester units in this program.

2 Foundation Courses

For the online Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology degree program, the following 2 courses must be fulfilled, followed by a Qualifying Examination. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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EDU 591 Public Policy  3

Public Policy reviews educational policy from a micro and macro perspective. It reviews the general concepts of public policy and looks at the socioeconomic context of the school as it relates to economics, demographics, politics, culture, and values. It also analyzes the policy process, the key players, and the typical issues involved, as well as a historical perspective to aid in understanding the current education reform climate.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the dimensions of educational policy in the United States.
  • Analyze the politics of policy as it plays out at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Evaluate the progress of educational conditions and issues as they become translated into policy proposals, enacted, implemented and evaluated.
  • Explore the evolution of educational policy through the major periods of American educational history.
EDU 592 Legal Aspects of Education  3

Legal Aspects of Education details the principles underlying school law and provides essential guidelines for school personnel to follow in their everyday work. Descriptive scenarios of landmark cases and concepts aid in understanding the context of legal principles as they apply to a range of school issues. This course explores how basic legal principles apply to educational questions and emerging legal issues, policies, and judicial decisions that affect classroom teachers, leaders, and students.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the federal, state, and local role in education.
  • Examine the judicial tests used to assess Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause claims and the different remedies for violations of the two clauses.
  • Identify what legal grounds can be used to challenge student classifications based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and ability.
  • Analyze the differences among the federal laws and constitutional provisions that are most relied upon in employment discrimination cases.
  • Examine the rationale for establishing charter schools and the controversial issues involving these schools.
3 Qualifying Courses

For the online Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology degree program, the following 3 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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6 Core Courses

For the online Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology degree program, the following 6 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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2 Research Courses

For the online Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology degree program, the following 2 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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1 Comprehensive Examination

After completing all of the above courses for the online Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology degree program, a Comprehensive Examination is taken. Click on exam title to expand and read more.

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Research and Dissertation Phase

After completing the Comprehensive Exam for the online Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology degree program, the Research and Dissertation Phase begins. It is comprised of the following items. Click on title to expand and read more.

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Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Master's Degree in Education. A Master’s Degree in another field may be accepted if the Admissions Committee evaluation indicates the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program. The applicant must then complete the following 4 prerequisite courses: EDU 510 Models of Teaching, EDU 523 Strategic Issues Management, EDU 524 Curriculum Design and Evaluation, EDU 536 Ethics in Education.

Online Library Resources:

To assist students with the Doctor of Education program, doctoral candidates will have 24 hour complimentary access to online library resources. The Library and Information Resources Network, Inc. (LIRN) provides students with access to multiple research databases. These resources will be essential to students at the Dissertation stage and will also provide information to reference throughout their program.

FAQ About Coursework

Required units may be satisfied in the following ways: