The Ed.D program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is designed to empower school professionals with the tools needed to solve school-based problems and to lead school-wide progress.  Instruction focuses on developing scholarly practitioners who can apply existing research insights and design as well as implement research investigations.  The Ed.D program prepares graduates for positions in Colleges of Education, especially in departments affiliated with teacher-education, as well as for leadership positions in preK-12 schools and various governmental positions external to schools, such as the Alabama State Department of Education.  Various non-profit agencies have also taken an interest in employing graduates who have the skills to oversee effective curriculum development efforts and to exercise leadership in advancing the educational interests of children and adults.