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Benerd College
For Degree and Credentialing: 209.946.2683 For Professional Development: 209.946.2424 For Sacramento Programs: 916.340.6155

3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95211
3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817

EdD Action-Oriented Dissertation Process

EdD Curriculum | Action-Orientated Dissertation Process | Admissions Process | Tuition, Fees, and Scholarship     

We've created a unique dissertation process that allows you to customize your work in an area of personal and professional interest. Most importantly, your dissertation involves the application of your work through an applied, field-based project. This model allows you to make a real-world impact while conducting an individually transformative inquiry project.

Action-oriented Project-based Dissertation
Our faculty work with each student in deciding which type of dissertation is most appropriate to address a "problem of practice," with the ultimate goal of producing innovative and creative solutions using one of several methodologies including Action Research, Design Thinking, Program Evaluation, and Case Study.

Action Research, Reflective systematic inquiry by and for those taking real world action Design Thinking, empathy, define, ideate, prototype, test Program Evaluation, Collect, analyze and use data for improved effectiveness Case Study, Intense in depth examination

Applied Inquiry Coursework
An important feature of the Pacific program is the Applied Inquiry coursework. Through a series of four courses, you complete a large percentage of your dissertation work during your regular courses. Our students begin working toward completing their dissertation proposal in the first semester. The entire draft proposal is targeted for completion in the first semester of Year 3. 

Supportive Community
A distinctive element of our program is the structured individual and group support that continues through graduation.  Traditionally, the dissertation writing process is an isolated, individual endeavor.  While our dissertations consist of individual research, we have unique cohort support structures in place that help you to move through the process with others.  Students continue meeting as a group until they defend their dissertation.  

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Curriculum Questions? Contact Dr. Laura Hallberg, or 209.946.2086 
Admissions Process Questions? Contact Morgan Lagomarsino,, 209.946.2677

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