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Educational Practice and Innovation, Ed.D.

College of Education

Educational practice and innovation bridges theory, research and practice. It promotes excellence and innovation in teaching, learning and leadership across K-12, higher education and other instructional settings.

Continue working full time while completing this flexible doctoral program designed to address relevant organizational, curriculum and instructional issues. Choose from one of four concentrations: curriculum studies, education systems improvement, learning design and technologies or STEM education. A dissertation to demonstrate advanced research is required.

Program Highlights

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    Ranked Program

    Be part of a college ranked in the top 15 percent nationally for graduate programs of education by U.S. News & World Report.

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    Expansive Network

    Collaborate and network with peers from across the world in a cohort model by concentration area.

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    Get Noticed

    Join organizations like the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate and the American Educational Research Association.

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    Supportive Community

    Enjoy learning in an active and tight-knit community of fellow education professionals.

What You’ll Study

Curriculum Studies explores curricula through theory and diversity understanding. Education Systems Improvement uses improvement science to solve systemic problems. Learning Design and Technologies uses researched methods to create and evaluate technology-based teaching and learning. STEM Education solves problems of practice within STEM learning.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Continuous Improvement

    Identifying and implementing incremental changes to enhance quality, efficiency and effectiveness

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

  • Innovation

    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

    Project Management

    Organizing and overseeing tasks to achieve specific goals


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Administrator
  • Educator
  • Instructor

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Teacher
  • Assistant Principal
  • Educator
  • Principal
  • English Teacher
  • Instructor

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector
  • Military
  • Health Care
  • Government

Employers of Alumni

  • University of South Carolina
  • Richland School District Two
  • Lexington County School District One
  • Charleston County School Dstrict
  • Dorchester School District Two
  • Berkeley County School District

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

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