Program Administration

Coursework Transfer Policy

Up to 9 graduate credit hours total may transfer to the Ed.D. in C&I.  Transfer courses may substitute for the research or concentration core(s) only; transfer courses may not be used for program cohort courses.  Transfer may not occur for courses taken more than 7 years prior to candidacy.  Students may not transfer courses from a master’s degree program.  Candidacy is established upon passing of the comprehensive exam.

Program Academic Regulations

Students enrolled in this program are expected to be working professional educators and as such, their position in the school community will serve as an internship/field experience. Students who are not employed while enrolled will arrange with the Program Coordinator to work in a local setting. Residency requirements are embedded within cohort coursework. Students are required to enroll in cohort courses in sequence with their assigned cohort.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, the student’s adviser and the EdD Program Committee will consider and approve or deny alternate sequencing.  The formal coursework requirement is satisfied through successful completion of each course in the program of study with a grade of “C” or higher, with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Coursework in which a grade below “C” is earned may not be applied to the EdD program.

Important Information and Policies

The majority of frequently asked questions are answered in the Graduate Catalog:  Specifically Section 1000 and Section 4000, College of Education.  Doctoral students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with this document as it is the guide for a large majority of doctoral work at Georgia State University. Topics include:

Other important information can be found throughout the GSU website:

Interim Upgrade

Interim Upgrade to Level 6:  When the Georgia Professional Standards Commission receives a TPMS Program Completion form (and the transcript reflecting the C&I coursework) indicating that an educator is enrolled in the Ed.D. C&I program and has 1) passed the GACE C&I assessment, and 2) submitted and defended an approved prospectus, s/he will qualify to add C&I at level S6 to the certificate.

The educator could then simultaneously qualify for an in-field level S6 based on ABD status which must be verified with 1. an official transcript, 2. Approved Program Completion Form,  and 3. completed Alternative Level Six Form.  The two forms (Approved Program Completion Form and Alternate Level Six Form) should be submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance, Ms. Basja Tibbs, the CEHD Certification Officer.

GaPSC Certification Upgrade Form – (This is best done online via your GaPSC account.)

GaPSC Alternative Level 6 Interim Upgrade Form and Approved Program Completion Form– submit to CEHD Certification Officer, Ms. Basja Tibbs.


  • CEHD Scholarships
  • The Hayden-Waltz Doctoral Dissertation Award:  Established by alumni Dr. Melvin Hayden and Dr. Lucy Welzant Hayden to honor their parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Waldo Hayden, Sr. and Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Millart Waltz, this $1,000 award is presented to a doctoral student whose dissertation exhibits originality, clarity and effectiveness in the presentation of ideas, quality writing and contributes to the future scholarly productivity of his or her field.