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College of Education doctoral programs break new records

Boise State College of Education is celebrating two milestones for its doctoral programs at Spring 2021 commencement. First, the College of Education will award a record-breaking 21 doctoral degrees to graduates across two doctoral programs, the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and the Doctor of Education in Educational Technology. Second, the Doctor of Education in Educational Technology, which launched its first cohort in 2012, will award its 50th doctoral degree this spring.

In total, the university will award a record 35 doctoral degrees in biomolecular sciences; curriculum and instruction; electrical and computer engineering; educational technology; ecology, evolution and behavior; materials science and engineering; and doctor of nursing practice, across three ceremonies for Spring 2021 Commencement.

The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction was the first doctoral degree program at Boise State University. It was created in 1993 to fill a need for educators looking to advance their studies in the Treasure Valley. Graduates of the doctoral program have become leaders in public education and school improvement, and bring their advanced expertise in education to work as school principals, university professors, as well as private businesses and organizations. Students in the program value the relationships they develop with others along with the opportunities to grow and develop as researchers.

Whitney Schexnider, EdD in Curriculum and Instruction doctoral candidate

“Boise State’s EdD program has helped me to better understand the intersection between research and practice through meaningful coursework and activities,” said Whitney Schnexnider, EdD in Curriculum and Instruction candidate. “Many of us who took classes together built our own little cohort and continue to communicate and support one another, even as we complete and defend our own research.”

The Doctor of Education in Educational Technology was created in 2013 and is completed entirely online with students from around the world. Areas of particular focus include online teaching and learning, technology integration, academic technology leadership, innovative teaching in K-12 and higher education, educational software development for the web and mobile platforms, and educational games and simulations.

Christopher Prokes, Spring 2021 EdD in Educational Technology graduate

“I felt like I was part of a family in the Ed.D. program, and with the program entirely online this is no small undertaking,” said EdD in Educational Technology candidate Christopher Prokes. “The program’s faculty emphasized mentorship and peer guidance through a deliberate and well-crafted approach to ensuring distance between us would not be an issue. Their care and ability to connect made sure I was able to remain focused in completing the program and working towards my future goals.”

Congratulations to all 2020-2021 College of Education doctoral graduates!

2020-2021 Doctoral Graduates

EdD, Curriculum and Instruction

Blake Densley
Sarah Lausch
Amaia Lojo Novo
Laura Moylan
Whitney Schnexnider
Elizabeth Schniedewind

EdD, Educational Technology

Tami Anderson
Dan Carroll
Brandon Comstock
Andrew Cook
Pepper Erlinger
Stacy Hawthorne
Kristin Kipp
Kate Peila
Christopher Prokes
Susan Sharp
Tory Temple
Achraf Touati
Michele Toussaint
Christopher Wertz