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 Graduate College

EdD: Allied Health, Recreation, and Community Services Intensive Study Area

School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services

203 Wellness/Recreation Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0241

Head: Dr. Doris Corbett
Phone: (319) 273-6475

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Edginton
Phone: (319) 273-2840

Read the UNI Catalog description:

Doctor of Education Degree Program

This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree, including a minimum of 45 hours of course work at the 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level. Some intensive study areas may require more hours of 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level course work.

There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of four areas of intensive study and a related area; and a Dissertationof 7 semester hours.

By design, then, all students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The four areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The four intensive study areas are: Allied Health, Recreation and Community Services; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership; and Special Education. (In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.) For brief definitions of the four areas refer to respective departments.

The Allied Health, Recreation and Community Services intensive study area is designed to provide students with education in advanced planning, management, supervision and evaluation of programs in the community and its institutions. The combined areas of allied health, recreation and community services are diverse professional areas knitted together by a unified commitment to enhancing, enriching and sustaining individual well being and quality of life. Each of these areas contributes unique and different professional perspectives, yet, at the same time, focuses on the individual and collective well being of people, communities and society as a whole. Graduates are prepared for careers as applied scholars, evaluators, athletic administration, administrators of community nonprofit organizations, youth serving agencies, public parks and recreation agencies, foundations, and government agencies. The program of study will be based upon student's needs, interests, and upon approval by an academic advisor and program of study committee. (For more information, contact the Chair of Leisure, Youth and Human Services Division, the Health Promotion and Education Division, or Athletic Training Division in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services.)

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) isrequired for admission to the program.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services for any other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at  For requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Education degree refer to appropriate sections of this University Catalog.

Program Requirements

I. Professional Common Core (15 hours)

Education Foundations:


Interdepartmental, Education:

INTDEPED 7301 (190:301)

Context of Contemporary Education


Interdepartmental, Education:


INTDEPED 7303 (190:303)


INTDEPED 7305 (190:305)

Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

INTDEPED 7307 (190:307)

Quantitative Methods in Educational Research

Measurement and Research (Select one of the following):


MEASRES 6270 (250:270)

Educational Program Evaluation

MEASRES 7300 (250:300)

Descriptive Educational Research

MEASRES 7301 (250:301)

Advanced Experimental Research in Education

MEASRES 7310 (250:310)

Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

II. Advanced Professional Studies (38 hours):

Required Applied Health, Recreation and Community Services Core:


Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services:

HPELS 7410 (430:310)

Critical Theories and Practices I

HPELS 7412 (430:312)

Critical Theories and Practices II

HPELS 7329 (430:329)

Research and Evaluation Seminar (1 credit each semester for 6 semesters)

Track (select one primary area for 18 credits, and one supporting area for 8 credits coursework from the following HPELS areas and/or other departments)


A. Health Promotion and Education

B. Leisure, Youth and Human Services

C. Rehabilitation Studies

Working with the advisor, students will select 6 hours of course work outside of the School of HPELS for their program of study.ours must be outside of LYHS).

III. Dissertation (7 hours)


This is the program component in which the student demonstrates proficiency in the integration of theory and practice (i.e., it involves the application of existing knowledge and/or results of individual research to an educational problem or situation).

INTDEPED 7389 (190:389)

Doctoral Seminar

INTDEPED 7399 (190:399)

Dissertation Research

Total Hours




1 hour each for six semesters.