Capstone I – EDUC 887

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 02/07/2022

Course Description

This course is required of all candidates seeking a School of Education doctor of education degree (Ed.D.). All candidates must register for the course each semester, including summer, until the capstone proposal is successfully presented and approved.

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


Under the direction of a faculty mentor, the doctoral candidate writes a capstone project proposal in alignment with the most current template. The development of the proposal is in preparation for the capstone proposal presentation. The proposal manuscript must be approved before data collection.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Describe primary elements of the capstone project.
  2. Describe the primary steps of the capstone research process.
  3. Develop a timeline for the completion of the capstone project.
  4. Produce a completed capstone proposal.
  5. Complete a capstone proposal presentation with the faculty mentor.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (3)

The candidate will participate in three Discussions focused on providing a description of previous tasks, current progress, all communication and guidance from the chair, goals for the semester, and challenges the candidate is currently facing. Each thread should be between 150 - 400 words. Candidates are encouraged to interact with classmates in the Discussion to help build community and encourage one another. 

Quiz: Manuscript Upload (3)

The candidate will complete a quiz that requires the candidate to confirm continually work on the manuscript. Also, the candidate will upload the most recent copy of their manuscript. This upload will not initiate a formal review of the manuscript; however, this manuscript upload will provide a back-up copy of the manuscript, provide evidence of progress within the course, and track progress within the program. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Quiz: Manuscript Development Progress (12)

The candidate will self-report acknowledgment of weekly progress on this quiz. Also, this quiz serves to show course activity and attendance; therefore, each quiz must be completed within the assigned module and should not be taken early. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)