Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability



About the Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Sustainability program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is 100% online* and designed for working professionals from interdisciplinary fields in sustainability. The program will prepare graduates to be educators and leaders who hold a passion for transforming systems of teaching and learning. The curriculum is intended to provide students the opportunity to actively engage in coursework, research and professional practice in the field of sustainability. For the purpose of the degree, sustainability is broadly defined using the six core principles. Students can explore sustainability in one or more of these principles to personalize learning in the program.

Who Should Apply?

If you are interested in building socially, ecologically and economically sustainable communities and interested in transforming systems of teaching, learning and leadership, you are encouraged to apply! Students from a diverse academic and professional backgrounds make up the student body, in diverse processional arenas; you do not you do not need a graduate degree in education. Please visit the current student bios to learn about the students interests and background that make up this transdisciplinary program!

Sustainability at Our Core

Students explore sustainability in one or more of our core principles:
  • Transformative Learning
  • Systems Thinking
  • Ecological Thought
  • Pluralistic Democracy
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Ethical Action
One of nine universities in the country to be name a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, UW-Stevens Point is a leader in sustainability issues involving using natural resources prudently, starting and maintaining businesses and economies and facilitating citizen engagement.

Be an Agent of Change

This degree is a rigorous, timely and meaningful doctoral program that cultivates student achievement in your current or future career path towards sustainable change in education, environmental and business community endeavors. It is applicable to administration and leadership positions in K-12 schools, communities, business and higher education.

Program features:

Career opportunities with an Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability

To provide rigorous, timely and meaningful doctoral program that cultivates student achievement in their current of future formal, non-formal or informal teaching or leadership career path towards sustainable change in education, environmental and business community endeavors for a future sustainable society.

Annual Four-day Residency Requirement

The Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability is a 100% online, cohort-based program with an annual four-day required residency, typically in the third week in June, that serves as an orientation to the program (first year) and capstone colloquium/symposium experience (all subsequent years in the program). Doctoral students are required to attend the residency each year they are active in the program as part of their degree competency requirements. Our accreditation is approved with these residencies therefore, it is mandatory per accreditation guidelines that students meet these requirements.

Residency Learning Objectives

  • receive assistance and guidance from faculty and staff
  • build a cohort community of practice
  • build cross-cohort communities of practice
  • network with affiliate scholars and practitioners
  • participate in various keynote and guest presentations
  • practice professionalism and scholarship
  • process at various stages of study from other cohorts

Program Enrollment

A new cohort for the Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability is enrolled and launched each summer. Applications for summer cohorts are accepted beginning August 1 of each admissions year. Priority review of applications begins the second week in January of the cohort launch year. Applications received after that date will be reviewed if there are enrollment openings in the current cohort by April 15 of the cohort launch year, with applications accepted until the cohort is full. If you apply to the program following this deadline your application will be placed into the subsequent cohort year for consideration.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Equity and Inclusion in Education Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Equity and Inclusion in Education consists of 12-credits of coursework as well as a train-the-trainer capstone experience (EDSU 790/EDSU 990). The course work explores systems, structures, policies, practices, and attitudes to create a more equitable and inclusive learning environment, culminating with an action-oriented project. This certificate is designed for students in the educational sustainability doctoral program that want a concentration in education for equity and inclusion.

Obtaining the certificate in conjunction with the EdD requires 57-credits and all courses should be taken at the 800- or 900-level. Master’s students are allowed to take courses with permission of the Director of the Educational Sustainability program at the 700-level.

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Specific Curricular Questions, Student Advisement, Program Specifics:

New Student Inquiries, Student Admissions, General Program Inquiry:
Emily Wahlquist, M.S.
Student Success Coordinator

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Liz Potter Nelson

"The Ed.D. program was transformational in redefining my beliefs around, and actions towards creating sustainable and just educational systems. Through working with scholars, both in and out of UW-Stevens Point, I was able to conduct a dissertation study that connected sustainability and teacher education into action focused change. I was also able to foster lifelong friendships with the peers in my cohort who encouraged me and helped me find my own resilience."

– Liz Potter Nelson, Ed.D. '20