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Programs: EdD Dissertation/Project Study

EdD Dissertation/Project Study Resources

Information on the Prospectus is located on the EdD page of the Center for Research Quality website.


To prepare for the form and style review, use the following checklist, which is the same checklist we use when we review capstone manuscripts and the checklist we return to the student and committee along with their completed review.

About the EdD Dissertation/Project Study

A dissertation or project study is a formal manuscript written to address a gap in educational practice, thus resolving a local problem. Walden dissertations consist of five chapters (Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study, Chapter 2: Literature Review, Chapter 3: Research Method, Chapter 4: Reflections and Conclusions, Chapter 5: Discussion, Conclusions, and Recommendations). Walden project studies consist of four sections (Section 1: The Problem, Section 2: The Methodology, Section 3: The Project, Section 4: Reflections and Conclusions).

Access samples of published dissertations through the Walden library website under Databases. You can also access the Center for Research Quality's Doctoral Capstone and Project Resources for additional information on the dissertation and project study process, including the rubrics and the EdD Project Guide. If you have writing or APA questions about the proposal or final doctoral study, contact editor@waldenu.edu.

Doctoral Capstone Template Guidance

To accompany the doctoral capstone template document, here is some information to note when first beginning to use the template.

  • The document contains front matter (i.e., two title pages, the abstract, a Dedication page, and an Acknowledgements page), a Table of Contents (TOC), Lists of Tables and Figures, the document body text, a References list, and Appendices.
  • Students should ensure that the text in brackets [ ] on the two title pages is changed to reflects their own information and then remove the brackets. This includes the title, name, degrees earned, degree program, date of anticipated completion.
  • Begin using the template by copying and pasting the text from a working document into the appropriate headings of the template and references to the reference list.

How to tag headings (so that headings show up in the TOC):

  1. Most headings are already placed into the document. Headings students add (i.e., primarily for the literature review and results chapters and sections) should be added by creating a new heading and tagging it so that it appears in the TOC when updated.
  2. Add a heading by first ensuring the Pilcrow [ ] is turned on —this allows the writer to see hidden formatting in the document that should not be deleted (e.g., page breaks and section breaks).
  3. Add the heading by placing the cursor where the heading should be inserted and creating a hard return.
  4. Then type the text for the heading and highlight it with the cursor, ensuring NOT to highlight the pilcrow.
  5. Once the text is highlighted, choose the appropriate APA Style Heading from the Styles box on the Home tab. This is called tagging a heading. HINT: The Styles tab may need to be expanded by clicking on the small box with the arrow at the bottom of the Styles section.

How to update the TOC (to bring in new headings and update page numbers):

  1. Once new headings have been added or text created or inserted such that the page numbers have shifted, the TOC should be updated.
  2. Update the TOC by clicking on it with the cursor so that the section becomes grey.
  3. Then, right click (or control click on a Mac) and choose “Update field.”
  4. Depending on whether headings or just text has been added, choose “Update entire table” or “Update page numbers only.”

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