Doctoral Education

Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education offers an EdD in Jewish Education. Its two doctoral programs (full-time and the Executive Doctoral Program) are designed to prepare academics and senior professionals for the growing educational needs of North American Jewish communities. Our graduates hold senior roles as educators, researchers, academicians, administrators and leaders in the field of Jewish education.

The EdD programs offer two areas of concentration: (1) teaching and learning; and (2) leadership and administration. In so doing, they prepare students for practical work in administration, supervision, curriculum development, and educational research, as well as for academic careers in the field of Jewish education.

The full-time doctoral program of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education prepares students for senior roles as researchers, academicians, and administrators in the field of Jewish education. The full-time EdD program is designed for those seeking an immersive experience in applied research and the opportunity to work closely on an ongoing basis with Davidson School faculty and project directors. Full-time EdD students have the opportunity to take a role as researchers from the beginning of their education at The Davidson School. The program structure allows students to take on multiple roles including research on issues of interest to faculty, taking an active role in working with one of The Davidson School's educational field projects, acquiring much needed experience in university-level teaching, and consulting for projects and new initiatives in the school and in the community. These opportunities are in addition to taking courses and doctoral candidates' work on their own research.

The Executive Doctoral Program is designed for working, senior Jewish educators who want to continue their leadership positions in Jewish education while pursuing advanced learning and training in educational leadership, pedagogy, curriculum development, and religious development. The Executive Doctoral Program provides the students flexibility to engage with their studies in a series of courses offered on-line and in seminar-style intensive sessions.

The Davidson School accepts up to three full time EdD students every year and up to six executive doctoral students every other year. The school offers both exclusive doctoral level courses and opportunities for doctoral students to take advanced MA level courses. Both executive and full-time doctoral students can take classes at Teachers College and Union Theological Seminary without additional fees through our consortium arrangement. Doctoral students have the opportunity to enroll in JTS's large repertoire of courses in Jewish Studies. JTS offers many high level Judaica courses in areas such as Bible, Talmud and Rabbinics, Jewish History, and Jewish Thought.

To underscore the importance of research, The Davidson School offers a series of colloquia in which students and faculty come together to present new research. These workshops are based on the belief that research is always a work in progress; the sessions are structured to allow sharing the work and getting feedback from colleagues.

Admissions Requirements

• Full-time and part-time candidates for the EdD program should have a minimum of three years of full-time experience working in the field of Jewish education. Applicants to the Executive Doctoral Program must have a minimum of five years of experience in either teaching or administration.

• Candidates for the full-time doctoral program should identify an area of interest and conduct a conversation with one or two professors about research interest before applying to the school. For those candidates who at this point cannot identify an area of research, an MA program might be suitable.

• Previous graduate-level work (i.e., a master's degree) is suggested but not required for candidates for the full-time or part-time EdD program. However, candidates should be ready to complete prerequisites. These courses will be decided upon a meeting with the candidate's advisor, and will be decided on case by case.

• An interview with the Admissions Committee and dean is required for all applicants to the doctoral program.

More information about the full-time EdD Program

More information about the Executive Doctoral Program

See EdD course grid (PDF).

Consortium with Other Institutions

All matriculated students in The Davidson School may take courses offered through the consortium agreement with Teachers College (of) Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary. Students must receive approval from their advisor, and register for these classes through JTS by filling out the JTS Consortium Registration Form.

Please follow these instructions for registering at Teachers College.

Doctoral Student Fees

All students should consult the full list of tuition, special categories fees, and tuition fees. According to the fellowship agreement with the school, a student can figure out how much money he or she needs to allocate for fees, special categories fees, and tuition. The Davidson School will not cover any fees, special categories fees, and fines; these expenses are the students' responsibility.

More information and course grids:

*Note: The part-time doctoral program is the same in scope, sequence, and structure as the full-time doctoral program; however, no funding is provided by The Davidson School.

Academic Standards for the Doctoral Programs

Regular attendance is expected. Instructors shall have the right to stipulate attendance requirements in the course syllabus and penalties that may be incurred as a result of failure to comply with these requirements, provided that students are informed within the first two weeks of the semester.

The grading system is as follows: A, excellent; B, good; C, fair; D, poor; F, fail. No credit will be given for grades of C- or lower.

Once a grade has been received in the Office of the Registrar, it may be changed by the course instructor only upon written application from the instructor to the dean of the school. The dean's approval is required.

Full-time graduate students are permitted to take one course per year with a grade of Pass/Fail, with the permission of the area or program advisor.

The grade R signifies that the student has attended classes and completed all course work except for the final exam and/or paper. Students must notify the Office of the Registrar, in writing, by the date stipulated in the Academic Calendar, of their intention to audit. Failure to do so will mean that the course is being taken for credit. No credit will be given for courses taken for the grade R; such courses will not count toward fulfilling the requirements for the degree. Students cannot audit online courses.

With the permission of their advisor, students may withdraw from a course by the date listed in the Academic Calendar. In such cases, the symbol W will appear on the transcript. Students are responsible for tuition and fees for classes from which they withdraw. Students who discontinue attendance in a course and who fail to withdraw formally within the designated period will receive the appropriate alternate letter grade.

Academic Probation
An EdD student who receives a grade lower than B will be placed on academic probation the following semester. To be restored to good standing, the student must register for the next semester and may neither receive a grade lower than B nor take an Incomplete (INC) during the semester of probation. Failure to meet this standard will constitute grounds for dismissal. The student shall have the right to appeal in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedures, available in the Office of the Registrar. No student will be permitted more than one semester of probation toward the degree.


A student who, for compelling reasons, finds it necessary to postpone the submission of required course work may petition for the grade of Incomplete (INC). The student must obtain a Request for Incomplete Form from the Office of the Registrar. This form must contain all information requested, including a description of the work to be completed and the due date, which must be before the beginning of the next semester during the fall semester. In the spring semester, outstanding coursework must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by no later than six weeks from the end of the spring final examination period.

A student can request for permission for an incomplete for only one (1) course per semester and cannot request an incomplete while still have an unfinished Incomplete.

All outstanding course work must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the date specified in the Academic Calendar. Generally, this date is six weeks from the end of the final examination period.

The Office of the Registrar shall record that work has been submitted and provide a written receipt to the student for the work received. The Office of the Registrar will transmit the completed work to the instructor. No work should be sent or given directly to the instructor by the student. The student is advised to retain a copy of all work submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

The grade of INC shall remain on the student's transcript until a grade has been submitted by the instructor.

If a student fails to submit the outstanding work to the Office of the Registrar by the specified due date, the grade of INC will be converted to the alternate letter grade previously submitted by the instructor. This alternate grade reflects the instructor's assessment of a student's performance, taking into account the fact that work is missing. Students should be aware that the missing work may have been counted as an F (or 0) in the computation of the final grade for the course.

In special circumstances, the dean has the authority to grant an extension for the submission of overdue work as long as it is agreeable to the instructor. This extension must be sent in writing by the dean to the Office of the Registrar.

Students may not request an INC for any course during the semester of their graduation.

Absence from Final Examinations
A student who, because of illness or personal emergency, cannot be present for a scheduled final examination must inform the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible to indicate the reasons for the absence. The Office of the Registrar will inform the instructor and the dean of the student's absence. The student must arrange with the instructor for a makeup examination if the student cannot be present for the regularly scheduled makeup examination day. The instructor will inform the Office of the Registrar of the arrangement, and provide the office with the exam so that it can be given to the student.

Students may not request Incompletes in advance for an in-class final examination. The student must take the makeup examination as soon as possible, but no later than the date indicated in the Academic Calendar governing the completion of outstanding work.

Special Registration Categories
Students must register every semester. Students who are not taking courses are still required to register. You may review the tuition and fees.

Leave of Absence
Students who, for compelling reasons, are unable to take courses or continue with appropriate academic progress in a particular semester may request a leave of absence from the dean and must register for a leave of absence each semester until they resume their studies.

MA students may generally not be granted a leave of absence for more than one semester; doctoral students, for not more than two semesters. During the period of leave, a student may not take an examination, written or oral; be advised by the academic advisor; or submit any part of an essay or dissertation required for the completion of a degree.