Transfer and Competency Credit

After being admitted to the Ed.D., you will meet (online or via phone) with the director of the program to build a degree plan. We will write up the degree plan and discuss the scope and sequence of the program and how it builds upon itself throughout the three (3) years you are in the program.

That plan will involve your eligibility to transfer in twelve (12) credit hours of graduate work if you have already taken courses, for example the superintendent certification courses, that are within the curriculum, or have competency credit, or have a combination of transfer and competency credit that does not exceed twelve (12) hours. 

Transfer Credit

Candidates may transfer in credit from other universities if the replacement course description matches the designated course description within WTAMU’s Ed.D. The candidate must have earned an A or B in the transfer course and a 3.25 GPA for all graduate courses taken. If you think you qualify for transfer credit, please have the following materials ready for discussion: official transcripts with the course prefix/number/grade along with the course description(s) for those course(s) from the university catalogue that offered the course.

Competency Credit

It is probable that candidates will enter the doctoral program with some experience in a leadership position. In recognition of career-acquired experiences, candidates may receive credit for specific courses based upon their expertise.

  • EMA 6301 "Emergency Management / Emergency Response" if candidate provides proof of three or more years of experience as a rural superintendent or rural emergency management professional.
  • EDPD 6380 "Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Programs" with three (3) or more years of experience in coordinating an English as a Second Language program.
  • EDSP 6364 "Legal Issues in Special Education" with three (3) or more years of experience as a diagnostician or special education administrator.
  • EDRD 6348 "Organization and Administration of Reading Programs" with three (3) or more years of experience as an administrative literacy coordinator.
  • Candidates may appeal and substitute other courses depending upon proven work experiences and demonstrated expertise.

To confirm evidence of learning, a candidate seeking competency-based credit will provide a portfolio that contains (1) an official work record, (2) documented professional development/training/continuing education and/or other experiences, (3) a narrative delineating how the candidate’s career-based learning specifically correlates with learner outcomes of the selected competency credit course and learner outcomes of the Ed.D. The portfolio will be evaluated by a Competency Credit Faculty Review Committee. The committee will consist of three to five faulty members. Committee membership must include the professor teaching the selected competency credit course as a content authority and the chair of the candidate’s scholarly delivery committee.