Doane's Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) will include 57 hours of post-graduate level coursework seminars and stand-alone courses, culminating in a dissertation. The core 30 hours of Ed.D. coursework will be delivered in a Cadre format, similar to the Education Specialist Program in sequential order. It is recommended that the 27 post-Masters' specialization courses be completed prior to beginning core classes, but in special situations, arrangements may be made for this course work to be taken while completing core courses. Elective coursework cannot be counted if taken before the completion of the original MA/MS degree.