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Doctor of Education Degree Completion Program

Program Overview

The Ed.D. Degree Completion program is designed to help students who started a doctoral program at another institution, but for one reason or another, were unable to complete their program and are seeking another university where they can complete their program.

Students must transfer a minimum of 28 doctoral level transfer credits and follow a program of study that focuses on the completion of the Doctoral Study.

See the Trident Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.

Trident’s Doctor of Education in Leadership Degree Completion program (Ed.D. DCP) provides an opportunity to successfully complete a program of study that may have been interrupted for one reason or another. The Ed.D. program is targeted at practicing professionals, in both traditional and non-traditional settings, who are looking to lead complex learning organizations. It’s a challenging path filled with rewards, designed to shape individuals into innovators and thought leaders who have the know-how and desire to transform organizations.

Dr. Heidi Linn Smith

Prepare to take the lead in our virtual classrooms and in your career. If you are ready to take this important next step, apply online now. The documents specified below are required for all Ed.D. applicants:

You will complete a total of 24 semester credit hours or six courses; 12 semester credit hours of program research courses and 12 semester credit hours of doctoral study courses.

Core Courses Credit
EDD 608 Designing a Doctoral Study: Identifying the Problem of Practice 4
EDD 609 Designing a Doctoral Study: Literature Review 4
RDS 699E Prospectus 4
DSP 700 Doctoral Study Project I 4
DSP 701 Doctoral Study Project II 4
DSP 702 Doctoral Study Project III 4

Students must transfer a minimum of 28 doctoral level transfer credits and follow a program of study that focuses on the completion of the Doctoral Study. Courses must have a grade of "B" or higher to be considered for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis and not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the Trident University Catalog for full descriptions of all concentration course offerings.

A doctoral study committee will be assembled when students begin their research. Each committee consists of three faculty members, one of whom serves as chair of the committee. One member of the committee may be external to Trident and a practitioner in the field with an earned doctorate. The chairperson and the committee members will be responsible for guiding the student during the research process.

Pursuant to Federal law and regulations, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required for research involving human subjects. Accordingly, prior to conducting research involving human subjects, including the collecting and analyzing of data, the proposed study must be reviewed and approved by the Trident IRB.

Tuition cost for the Ed.D. program:

tuition type per credit per course per year*
Standard $761.25 $3,045 $12,180
Retired Military / Veteran / And Their Immediate Family Members** $685 $2,740 $10,960
Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees** $656.25 $2,625 $10,500
Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve U.S Military Service Members** $656.25 $2,625 $10,500

  *Assumes no transfer credits and that student enrolls in an average of 16 credits per year. Does not include cost of any applicable doctoral study continuation courses.
**Tuition per credit represented with applicable military grant applied.

University Fees:

  • Books and Supplies: $0
  • Course Materials: $0
  • Diploma Copy: $30 (optional)
  • Food, Housing, and Transportation: N/A
  • Graduation Fee: $150
  • Official Transcript: $10
  • Other Expedited Shipping Fees: varies based on region
  • Payment Plan Set-up: $35-$55 (non-refundable)
  • Student ID Card: $10 (optional)
  • Technology Fee: $0
  • Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.

Seeking more information on the cost of attending Trident University? Visit Trident’s Financial Aid Resources page where you will find financial aid tools including Trident’s Net Price Calculator and Shopping Sheet, a guide to assist in early financial planning for college.

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