UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Frequently Asked Questions

Montessori EdD

The cost for the EdD program is $725 per credit or $39,150 for the 54 credits.

EdD candidates are eligible for financial aid and should complete the FAFSA forms.

Currently there are no designated scholarships from UWRF but there are many scholarships for doctoral students in the USA. UWRF will keep you advised if offerings come available through the university.

For the first few years of the program, cohorts will be limited to students who are U.S. citizens. The federal student visa program makes it very difficult for students to get a visa for three summers which requires three separate applications and three payments for a graduate student to take courses for credit. Our vision is to establish overseas satellite residency programs for the summer once this program is fully established. Please let us know if you are interested in the program as that will guide us in establishing these future satellite programs.

  • GRE scores within the past five years are required to be mailed in hard/paper copy to UWRF directly from ETS.(UWRF school code is 1918)
  • Montessori Credential or Montessori Philosophy Course completion.
  • M.A. or M.S. Degree 
  • Completed application including essay 
  • EdD candidates learn about different educational and leadership styles and how education fits into the larger world. They explore policy at the local, state, national, and international levels. Ultimately, they discover how to spearhead change throughout the educational system.  
  • EdD graduates learn how to make strategic partnerships and forge meaningful relationships in the professional world.
  • PhD students focus much more on research methods and data collection. They typically explore a more narrowly focused dissertation than those required for the EdD. PhD students often choose their specific area of research, and then spend much of their time collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data so that they can draw informed conclusions. 
  • While an EdD looks at systemic progress and trends, PhD work typically examines education theory and methods, with the end goal of applying them directly in a university classroom.
  • Ultimately both degrees are associated with professionals who’ve earned leadership roles in education, and both degrees enable degree holders to make a positive impact on students’ lives and on educational communities.
  • EdD graduates will have some research background, for example, examining the implementation of a new curriculum and student response. 
  • EdD graduates also benefit from classes focused on leadership and strategic planning, which provide a more business-oriented viewpoint of education and illustrate how policies can impact education at all levels. 
  • Educators who earn an EdD can choose to pursue a variety of paths throughout education. Most commonly, they’ll go into elementary, secondary, or postsecondary administration, serving in such roles as school principal, college dean or school district superintendent. EdD graduates can also become college professors or run education-based nonprofit organizations.
  • Those pursuing an EdD with specialization in Montessori’s application in other fields will have opportunities to research overlapping theories and practices, apply the Montessori method to new areas and do research that impacts those fields.

PhD programs place greater emphasis on research and graduates commonly work in academia or pursue academic research. Experts in their specific area of focus, they may choose to continue their research with students or other professors.

A person who holds a PhD in education can serve as a professor at a university, a consultant, or a researcher in a government education agency or organization, as well as in larger leadership roles in schools and university administration

Advanced leadership roles for education professionals generally have a positive growth outlook. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job market for postsecondary teachers will grow by 11 percent between 2018 and 2028, which is much faster than the national average. The BLS estimates that over the same period, postsecondary education administrator positions will grow by 7 percent, which is also faster than the national average.

American University School of Education (https://soeonline.american.edu/blog/edd-vs-phd)