Doctor of Education (EdD) in Transformative Learning in the Global Community

Volume 1: 2019.2020

Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program is offered by the School of Education, and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Admission to this program is every other year.

Program Description

Webster University’s doctor of education (EdD) in transformative learning in the global community, offered by the School of Education, is an interdisciplinary, scholarship and research oriented program, which invites a broad range of educational professionals to enter into a genre of transformative learning to expand their knowledge and beliefs about learning and teaching. This program develops scholars and leaders with globally and socially conscious perspectives through the study of the philosophies, history and theories of education systems (global, social and psychological); their practical and ethical applications and global service learning practicums. Besides two years of coursework, students are required to pass the comprehensive exam, prospectus defense, dissertation defense and submit a completed dissertation for the program. Students will have a limit of seven years to complete the program. 

  • Note for educators: This doctorate is not a path to earn certification in any field of education. Certification courses are not a part of the doctoral curriculum. If a candidate desires to earn a certificate, he/she must work closely with an adviser who specializes in that specific area of certification and develop a DESE approved program of study, outside of this doctoral program.

Learning Outcomes

The doctor of education in transformative learning in the global community develops scholars and leaders with expertise in interdisciplinary research and scholarship who have globally and socially conscious perspectives. The program provides opportunities for promoting transformative learning for individuals, organizations and communities, through the development of theoretical and practical knowledge, research and mastery of information and communications technologies. This EdD program enables candidates to:

  • Investigate and critically analyze issues, theory, practice and policies in education systems and environments (global, community, organizational, individual).
  • Apply research to develop knowledge and capacity for studying and supporting transformative and global service learning for individuals, organizations and communities.
  • Reflect on the roles educators assume with courage and confidence as leaders of change through global collaboration with colleagues, students and families.
  • Demonstrate respect of diversity through their ability to facilitate and model collaborative inquiry and dialogue for transformative learning.

Program Requirements

This program requires at least two years of advanced coursework prior to the successful completion of a comprehensive exam, a prospectus and a dissertation. 


Application Process: Prospective students must complete and submit the Application for Admission online through Graduate Admissions. 

Inquiries may be addressed by email to the Office of Admission (

All admission materials must be submitted to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Admission Requirements

Please include the following in the admission packet:

  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts with evidence of a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduate coursework.
  • Current (within the last five years) General GRE test scores including Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Application fee of $125 (waived for Alumni; current Webster University faculty, staff and students)

The admission packet will be reviewed, and if considered appropriate, an interview will be scheduled with the Doctoral Admissions Committee. The committee may require the applicant to provide other materials to speak to the readiness of the applicant for the EdD program. Should the committee find weaknesses in certain academic areas, the applicant may be strongly advised to take additional coursework that will not count toward the degree requirements. After admission to the EdD program, students will begin coursework in the Summer term.

The applicant must successful complete an interview with the EdD Program Admissions Committee during which the applicant presents his/her research interest.

Required Courses

  • EDOC 7120 Global Histories and Politics in Education (3 hours)
  • EDOC 7130 Global Communications Technologies in Educational Systems (3 hours)
  • EDOC 7140 Educational Equity and Ethics: Theory and Policies (3 hours)
  • EDOC 7150 Social Justice & Transformative Learning (3 hours)
  • EDOC 7500 First Service Learning Internship (3 hours)
  • EDOC 7505 Second Service Learning Internship (3 hours)
  • EDOC 7510 Interdisciplinary Pro-seminar I (2 hours)
  • EDOC 7520 Interdisciplinary Pro-seminar II (2 hours)
  • EDOC 7530 Interdisciplinary Pro-seminar IIl (2 hours)
  • EDOC 7540 Interdisciplinary Pro-seminar IV (2 hours)
  • EDOC 8000 Dissertation (minimum 10 credits)

Total of 36 credit hours

Additional Information

For additional information, contact the Office of Admission at