Students and faculty in our Ed.D. Leadership Program are dedicated to studying and expanding upon the modern education system. During the third year of our program, all of our doctoral students are expected to complete and defend a dissertation. Learn more about our dissertation options and examples below:
Recent graduates of the EdD program have completed original research focusing on salient issues impacting schools, students, and communities across Silicon Valley, California and global contexts. Examples of recent dissertation titles include:
- Emberling, Heidi Schmidt, "Expanding and Improving High-Quality Early Care and Education in California: Is There Alignment Between Policymakers and the Public?" (2020). Dissertations. 39.
- Lyte Crowther, Angela Renee, "Understanding the Barriers, Bridges and Bases to Inclusion Instruction for Secondary Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities" (2020). Dissertations. 40.
- Rengifo, Angela Maria, "The Impact of the Language of Instruction on Second-Grade Latinx Emergent Bilinguals’ Understanding of Place Value in Two Spanish-English Transitional Bilingual Classrooms: An Exploratory Study" (2020). Dissertations. 38.
- Shroder, Laura McKenzie, "The Role of Socioeconomic Status and Prior Industry Exposure on the Attitudes, Career Goals, and Career Decision Self-Efficacy of Undergraduates Studying Hospitality and Tourism Management" (2020). Dissertations. 41.
- Singh, Prabhjot, "Examining the Effects of a Peer-Mediated Social Skills Intervention on the Prosocial Behaviors of Elementary Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders" (2020). Dissertations. 42.
- Wang, Jennifer Gee Huei, "Developing Teachers Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) Through Design Thinking and Community of Practice" (2020). Dissertations. 43.
Explore the complete archive of published dissertations by Ed.D. graduates on the SJSU Scholarworks website.
The Ed.D. doctoral program at San Jose State offers students a unique opportunity to produce a documentary film as part of their dissertation, instead of conducting a more traditional qualitative or quantitative research study. This is the only Ed.D. program in the country which offers this unique opportunity.
Producing a documentary enables students to produce a film which explores a diverse range of social justice topics, capturing the voices of those who might otherwise not be heard, and telling stories which might otherwise be recognized. The films offer the opportunity to both showcase a broad range of interview subjects, but also record actions and other visuals which help explain the issue being addressed. Finished documentaries also enable doctoral student researchers to reach and engage a wider audience than might otherwise be possible.
Documentaries offer researchers a medium to bring out different voices and reach out to a larger and wider audience thus democratizing research. Films offer a venue for unheard voices to be heard and illuminate social justice issues. It also helps researchers engage video participants as creators of knowledge rather than just subjects. Using documentary filming in the research process provides the audience also an opportunity to analyze and interpret the data and delve into meaning-making. Documentary film can be used as an alternate form of scholarly work and knowledge that has a much a wider reach beyond the boundaries of academia.
Students choosing this option are not required to have prior documentary or film production experience, as this is taught as part of the documentary production process. The Ed.D. program provides all necessary camera and other production equipment. Ed.D. students choosing to produce a documentary film complete a written review of the literature around their chosen topic as well as a methodology chapter explaining the rationale and documentary filming methods that will be employed during the course of producing their film.