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Educational Leadership

Dissertation Information for Doctoral Program

Research Improves Practice

In the Lewis & Clark EdD program, the goal of the dissertation is to expand the conceptual knowledge base for the discipline. To accomplish this we employ a variety of models of inquiry which solve problems and build solutions in the schools and work sites of cohort members.

In this way, the courses become relevant to your work experience, and the work products of degree candidates serve to directly and immediately improve conditions, programs, and/or structures in the organizations where you work. We expect that the research conducted by degree candidates will promote positive organizational change and consequently benefit the nation’s students, teachers, and communities through positive changes in K-12 education.

Past Dissertations

Dissertations from past graduates are available through Pro Quest

2016-17 Completion Deadlines

 Degree Posting Dates Dec 22, 2016 May 19, 2017 July 21, 2017 Aug 25, 2017
Degree Application Due Sep 20 Nov 20 March 1 March 1
Final Date* for a Dissertation Defense** Oct 25 March 22 May 24*** June 28
Final Date for Submitting Dissertation to Copy Editor Nov 8 April 5 June 7 July 12
Final Date for Uploading Dissertation to ProQuest Dec 20 May 17 July 19 Aug 23
Eligible to Participate in Commencement June 4, 2017 June 4, 2017 June 4, 2017 June 3, 2018

* Please schedule your dissertation defense at least 10 business days prior to the requested defense date.

** This allows two weeks after the defense for edits before submitting the completed manuscript to the copy editor.

*** This is the final date for candidates who want to walk in Commencement in June 2017.


Committee Approval Form #200

Dissertation Proposal Schedule Request Form #300

Dissertation Defense Schedule Request Form #500


EdD Progress Checklist

Doctoral Handbook 2017-18

Dissertation Style Manual 2014-15

Final Steps of the Dissertation Process

Submitting Your Dissertation Online


Human Subjects Research Committee