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The support Lindenwood EdD faculty offer doctoral students for dissertation writing is one of the unique features of the program. We built dissertation writing into the program with three “Capstone” courses (EDA 75000, EDA 77000, and EDA 77500), but there are also additional, voluntary support systems including a Blackboard shell for all students in the program. Lindenwood EdD students often present at conferences, sometimes in collaboration with faculty. Lindenwood University even offers some financial support for EdD students accepted to present at conferences.

Students can sign up for “Conversations on Research Design” (CORDs), half-hour brainstorming sessions with EdD faculty about dissertation topics. We send EdD students a monthly newsletter with dissertation writing tips and reminders of upcoming deadlines and events. Click here to sign up.

Every summer EdD students gather for two weeks in a computer lab for intensive dissertation writing. Students can also sign up to receive regular text messages or emails with inspiration for dissertation writing. We are always looking for innovative ways to support our students.

LUDissertation Twitter You can also follow Dr. Beth Kania-Gosche’s dissertation writing tips on Twitter.


EDA 75000 Capstone I (3): This course is a first in a series of three Capstone courses. Students will be required to identify, analyze and report on a variety of topics related to educational leadership. Students will also be required to bring Literature reviews in areas related to their proposed studies. General procedures regarding dissertation writing and conducting research are offered throughout the course. A significant amouont of class time is devoted to writing as students develop skills in designing and evaluating research in education.

EDA 77000 Capstone II (3): This course helps prospective administrators understand administrative problems, propose feasible solutions, and evaluate courses of action and develop skills in decision making. This course involves reading and analyzing case studies in educational adminsitration and writing one professionally meaningful case using a development research process. A classroom community will be created as the primary resource for supporting each student's interests in school administration and development as an educational leader, researcher, and team player. Technology will be used to connect students electronically and to facilitate Internet literature searches and the display of information.

EDA 77500 Capstone III and Leadership Seminar (6): The Doctor of Education program requires completion of a dissertation. This culminating assignment is an independent research and analytic activity designed to integrate theories and tools learned throughout the program and should demonstrate mastery of concepts and methods. The focus of this program the refinement of students' understandings of leadership and policy development analysis, ultimately culminating in the capstone experience. The capstone experience is meant to contribute knowledge of a critical issue in educational leadership.

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