Dissertation Formation – EDCO 770

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/16/2022

Course Description

This course explores strategies for finalizing an appropriate topic, research question(s), and design for the dissertation in the Ed.D. program in Community Care and Counseling. (Formerly EDCO 737)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


For most degree programs, the dropout rate for students who have completed all their coursework and only have their dissertation remaining hovers around 50%.  Proper understanding of specific strategies to develop a dissertation will reduce this percentage.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Article Review Assignments (4)

Students will complete scholarly article reviews using the provided template in response to key articles which they anticipate will be significant to their dissertation.


The student will report the information that will be used as a beginning point for his or her Dissertation Proposal, using information from his or her preliminary research outline.


The student will discuss the progress of his or her topic development and understanding of the dissertation process. 

The student will construct a preliminary dissertation proposal outline draft which will serve as a basis for his or her future dissertation proposal defense. The requirements for the proposal defense can be found in the dissertation handbook. The student must include the proposed title of his or her dissertation written in APA format. The assignment will also include a 1-3 paragraph research topicstatement of the problem, and research gap. The student will also include a methodology section which will describe the study, include the type of design and detail his or her procedure that the student proposes to use for analysis. This document will serve as a preliminary dissertation proposal as the student moves towards EDCO 900. (CLO: A, C)


The student will post a well-written paragraph or two that effectively integrates content that he or she intends to expound on in subsequent paragraphs. This paragraph should serve as an introductory paragraph to a section in his or her literature review.

The reference list will serve as the foundation on which the student will develop his or her literature review for his or her dissertation in the future.  It must contain at least 100 sources related to the chosen dissertation topic. (CLO: B)


The student will summarize what he or she has accomplished in regards to his or her dissertation in this course and what his or her next steps will be to move forward.