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Northwest Missouri State University


Doctorate in Education

Dan H. Cockrell University of Missouri Statewide
Cooperative EdD Dissertation Award

With the University of Missouri-Columbia

Northwest and the University of Missouri-Columbia offer a cooperative doctoral degree in leadership. The degree, which will be awarded by the University of Missouri, is a cohort design and requires two summers of coursework on the University of Missouri campus. The remainder of the courses in the fall and spring are taught on the Northwest campus or at the Kansas City Center. It is estimated that the completion of the degree will take three to five years.

Admission to the program is determined by a state-wide committee. Coursework is competency based, focuses on leadership, and requires the completion of a dissertation. This advanced degree does not lead to certification. Students involved in the program will be expected to have access to a personal computer and to the Internet, conference call capacities, and other appropriate technologies.

Program Characteristics

  • Students will progress through the program as a cohort.
  • Students from Northwest's region will be in a site cohort at various locations including MU, St. Joseph, Kansas City and other northwest Missouri locales.
  • Coursework will be completed in six contiguous semesters, beginning in the summer and concluding in the winter semester two years later.
  • Dissertation research will follow the two years of coursework.
  • Coursework instruction will occur at each regional site during the fall and winter

Participating Universities

Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University
University of Central Missouri
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Missouri-Rolla


Dr. Carole Edmonds
Department of Professional Education
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-60001
Phone: 660.562.1258

Dr. Timothy Wall
Department of Professional Education
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-60001
Phone: 660-562-1179

Department Contact

Amy Wilson, Secretary of Doctoral Program
Professional Education Unit
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-60001  
Phone: 660.562.1095

For more information on the specific courses of the program, please refer to the materials below.