Hear from Students in Fontbonne’s Ed.D. Program

EdD Students

Fontbonne established its flagship doctoral program — an Ed.D. in Collaborative High Impact Instruction — in the summer of 2018.

The program is based on a cohort model, with new students entering in groups of 10–12 annually each May/June and continuing together for three years. The first cohort of students will graduate in May 2021.

Students come from a variety of backgrounds, and the EdD program was designed to help educators in any setting advance their careers. Teachers in K-12 schools, higher education institutions or corporate environments benefit from the program’s diverse coursework and research opportunities.

Julie Demsko, a special education teacher with Special School District, is a member of the second cohort of Ed.D. students.

“I teach Social Emotional Learning at a large middle school, and my Problem of Practice in the Fontbonne Ed.D. Program directly relates to my profession,” Demsko says. “So my classes and my work continually impact one another.”

Classes are held synchronously via Zoom in the evenings to accommodate full-time work schedules. Due to each cohort’s small size, students are able to build strong connections to each other and to their instructors.

“It surprised me how close we are as a cohort,” says Jennifer Moore, a member of Cohort 1. “We have grown into an amazing support system working toward common professional goals.”

Fontbonne’s own Director of Academic Assessment, Janice Johnson, also decided to enroll in the program’s first cohort along with her daughter, Jennifer Moore. Since then, she has been able to pursue her interest in women in higher education leadership. (View Johnson’s poster “Mentorship Impact: Underrepresentation of Women in Higher Education Leadership.”)

“The faculty are invested in our success,” says Johnson. “They have not only challenged us and pushed us out of our comfort zones; they have also supported us and provided the encouragement and resources necessary for our success.”

The Ed.D. Program is built on a foundation of required coursework that covers topics ranging from research strategies and data literacy to interactive technology and universal design. Additionally, students choose an emphasis area that includes two courses customized to their focus area and problem of practice research.

Throughout the program, students are able to identify their own problems of practice and focus their research work in those areas.

“This is a great program for multiple professions,” says Ethan Kristek, a member of Cohort 2. “As a speech-language pathologist, the learning outcomes and research were able to translate across different disciplines, which allowed for deeper critical thinking.”

The goal of Fontbonne’s Ed.D. Program is to help students become more effective, collaborative and culturally responsive professionals.

“Knowing that I can make an impact, the EdD program has prepared me to be the kind of leader who is a responsible global citizen,” says Johnson. “Someone who thinks critically, acts ethically, and serves responsibly.”

You can view research projects from current Ed.D. students online here.

We are using cookies to give you the best experience. You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in privacy settings.
AcceptPrivacy Settings

GDPR

  • GDPR Privacy Policy
  • Google Analytics

GDPR Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Overall Policy

Thank you for visiting our website. We’re pleased to share our policy regarding the use of information received here. Privacy is a matter of concern to us. We are committed to protecting your privacy and the security of the information that you may provide to us.

Personal Information

We do not track individual users. Your email address or other personal information is not collected unless you provide it on a form, survey or application. We will not sell or otherwise make available any personally identifiable information to any organization not directly affiliated with us. We will comply with legitimate government or legal requests as necessary to protect our organization or to comply with laws.

Traffic Analysis

We analyze traffic to this site. We collect statistical data on an aggregated basis through Google Analytics. For example, we collect information about the domain names of servers that bring visitors to our site. We count the number of visitors and keep track of where they go on our site. Such information allows us to find out what areas users visit most frequently and what services they access the most, which enables us to create a better overall user experience. To gather such data, we use cookie technology, which collects data in aggregate form, not by individual user.

Cookies

As referenced above, we use cookie technology for traffic analysis. Cookies are small pieces of information stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. The cookies placed by our server do not gather personal information about you, do not provide any way for us to contact you and do not gather information about your computer. The cookies simply allow us to enhance our site by letting us know what sections are visited most often. The use of cookies is common on the Internet, and our use of them is similar to that of other reputable online organizations.

Links To Other Sites

Our site contains links to other sites and Internet resources. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these third-party websites and Internet resources.

Updates To Privacy Policy

We may update the privacy policy periodically, and we encourage visitors to review them on a regular basis.

Last revised: June 2015

Google Analytics

COVID-19 updates, including CARES Act Fund information.Read More.