Educational Leadership (EDD)

The degree is designed for educational practitioners who seek an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in order to obtain positions as PK-12 public school administrators, leaders of alternative educational organizations and charter schools, administrators of nonprofit organizations, administrators in higher education, leaders in experiential education organizations, or as university/college faculty. The program will address the need for advanced preparation of educational leaders and will focus on applied research in the field of education. The program of study will be designed in consultation with an advisor and combine core courses, professional development colloquia, research, internship, and dissertation credits with other learning experiences so students may pursue their unique educational and professional passions and goals. The program will be grounded in strategies for adult learning and the development of inquiry research.

Admission Requirements

Program Requirements

Common Core

This course will provide doctoral students with the knowledge and skills required to become a professor or instructor in higher education settings through topics including professional development plans (PDP), professional development reports (PDR), library research, portfolio development, conference presentations, developing lines of research, and writing for publication.

Prerequisites: none

Research/Methods Course(s)

This course offers investigations into traditional and exploratory genres of qualitative research and provides the critical analysis tools necessary for doing so. Included will be aspects unique to qualitative design used for sampling, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and report formats.

Prerequisites: none

The course provides an overview of quantitative research methods, clarifies the role of quantitative methods in the research process, and provides experiences for application of quantitative methods.

Prerequisites: none

This course offers focused investigations into a specific genre or methodology of research. Class members will work individually or in small learning groups in completing individually-constructed learning contracts to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in particular genre or methodology.

Prerequisites: none

Restricted Electives

Choose 9 Credit(s).

The primary framework of this course is the main theoretical perspectives and issues of organizational decision-making, organizational innovation and organizational identity. Each theory/perspective will be examined with the following questions in mind: what is/are the overarching question(s) with which the theory is concerned? What is the central unit of analysis? What are the key concepts?

Prerequisites: none

Examination of ethics in leadership which includes student research on ethics in leadership and professional settings.

Prerequisites: none

In depth study of exemplary leaders and research into their applicability to broader leadership contexts.

Prerequisites: none

This course is a required course for the doctorate in Educational Leadership. The seminar is offered so students can acquire the knowledge of how public policy is developed and the influences exerted on public policy.

Prerequisites: none

Unrestricted Electives

Choose 9 Credit(s).

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course

The doctoral dissertation course is designed to guide the student through preparation and defense of the dissertation proposal, assist the student in the dissertation research and writing process and ensure focus and consistency in preparation and defense of the final product.

Prerequisites: none

Degree Plan

The Degree Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual degree plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Fall - 6 Credits

The primary framework of this course is the main theoretical perspectives and issues of organizational decision-making, organizational innovation and organizational identity. Each theory/perspective will be examined with the following questions in mind: what is/are the overarching question(s) with which the theory is concerned? What is the central unit of analysis? What are the key concepts?

Prerequisites: none

This course offers focused investigations into a specific genre or methodology of research. Class members will work individually or in small learning groups in completing individually-constructed learning contracts to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in particular genre or methodology.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 6 Credits

This course is a required course for the doctorate in Educational Leadership. The seminar is offered so students can acquire the knowledge of how public policy is developed and the influences exerted on public policy.

Prerequisites: none

This course offers investigations into traditional and exploratory genres of qualitative research and provides the critical analysis tools necessary for doing so. Included will be aspects unique to qualitative design used for sampling, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and report formats.

Prerequisites: none

Summer - 7 Credits

This course will provide doctoral students with the knowledge and skills required to become a professor or instructor in higher education settings through topics including professional development plans (PDP), professional development reports (PDR), library research, portfolio development, conference presentations, developing lines of research, and writing for publication.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed for doctoral candidates in educational leadership to experience implementation of theory where they are given the opportunity to create, demonstrate, and maintain effective strategies and methodologies from leadership practices in a school or higher education setting.

Prerequisites: none

Second Year

Fall - 7 Credits

The course provides an overview of quantitative research methods, clarifies the role of quantitative methods in the research process, and provides experiences for application of quantitative methods.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed for doctoral candidates in educational leadership to experience implementation of theory where they are given the opportunity to create, demonstrate, and maintain effective strategies and methodologies from leadership practices in a school or higher education setting.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 6 Credits

This course will provide doctoral students with the knowledge and skills required to become a professor or instructor in higher education settings through topics including professional development plans (PDP), professional development reports (PDR), library research, portfolio development, conference presentations, developing lines of research, and writing for publication.

Prerequisites: none

Examination of ethics in leadership which includes student research on ethics in leadership and professional settings.

Prerequisites: none

Summer - 7 Credits

In depth study of exemplary leaders and research into their applicability to broader leadership contexts.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed for doctoral candidates in educational leadership to experience implementation of theory where they are given the opportunity to create, demonstrate, and maintain effective strategies and methodologies from leadership practices in a school or higher education setting.

Prerequisites: none

Third Year

Fall - 4 Credits

The doctoral dissertation course is designed to guide the student through preparation and defense of the dissertation proposal, assist the student in the dissertation research and writing process and ensure focus and consistency in preparation and defense of the final product.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 4 Credits

The doctoral dissertation course is designed to guide the student through preparation and defense of the dissertation proposal, assist the student in the dissertation research and writing process and ensure focus and consistency in preparation and defense of the final product.

Prerequisites: none

Summer - 4 Credits

The doctoral dissertation course is designed to guide the student through preparation and defense of the dissertation proposal, assist the student in the dissertation research and writing process and ensure focus and consistency in preparation and defense of the final product.

Prerequisites: none