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

Sacramento EdD Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Program Purpose: To Develop Innovators and Systems Thinkers for Learning, Leadership, and Change

The Sacramento program focuses on fostering innovation and creativity in Leadership & Innovation. We purposefully recruit students from throughout the learning system: K12 education, higher education, non-profit and advocacy organizations, government, the military, and corporations.  The curriculum is focused on inquiry and practice for learning, leadership, and change.

Schedule of Courses

Year 1, Fall

  • EDUC 360  Trends, Issues, and Dynamics of Change
  • EDUC 352  Applied Inquiry I

Year 1, Spring

  • EDUC 372  Program and Organization Evaluation (entire semester)
  • EDUC 368  Leading Complex Organizations (Term A)
  • EDUC 380  Leading Innovation  (Term B)

Year 1, Summer

  • EDUC 354  Applied Inquiry II
  • EDUC 367  Leadership in Diverse Organizations

       2 courses over 10 weeks  

Year 2, Fall

  • EDUC 215 Creativity and Ideation
  • EDUC 322  Qualitative Research Design & Methods

Year 2, Spring

  • EDUC 202 Statistical Thinking (Term A)
  • EDUC 325  Quantitative Research Design & Methods (Term B)
  • EDUC 287 Educational and Social Entrepreneurship

Year 2, Summer

  • EDUC 356  Applied Inquiry III (Begin work with Dissertation Chair)
  • EDUC 366 Marketing and Public Relations in Education

       2 courses over 10 weeks  

Year 3, Fall

  • EDUC 364  Policy Analysis, Creation and Navigation
  • EDUC 358  Applied Inquiry IV

Year 3, Spring

  • EDUC 288 Design Thinking and Lean Startup for Social Impact
  • EDUC 359  Dissertation Learning Community (Meetings and collaborative writing support spans through graduation, after the course ends)

Year 3, Summer

Year 4, Fall

  • EDUC 399 Doctoral Dissertation 
  • Defend Dissertation 

Year 4, Spring (Only if needed)

  • EDUC 399 Doctoral Dissertation 
  • Defend Dissertation (Graduation Ceremony)

       Total Units Required for Graduation: 56
       Course sequence subject to change.  

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Curriculum Questions? Contact Delores McNair, or 916.340.6098

Admissions Process Questions? Contact Sunshine Faiad, or 916.340.6173

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