Through this program, educational professionals are prepared to confront leadership challenges and engage in effective research, policy analysis, and formulation. Graduates serve as leaders in a variety of teaching, research and administrative contexts across the P-16 education continuum.
This powerful, dynamic, and supportive doctoral program is designed to provide extensive preparation in educational theory, policy analysis, administration and applied research. The curricular design offers the opportunity for students to focus on higher education or K-12 leadership, and culminates in the dissertation. The program utilizes a delivery system that is sensitive to the professional demands on education practitioners by offering hybrid, evening, and summer coursework. Dissertations are driven by student interests, and professional and community needs.
The curriculum involves 50 hours of doctoral-level coursework beyond the master’s degree. It is comprised of 17 courses including dissertation research, writing, and defense.
|Credits required for EdD courses||50|
Course Requirements for the Program
|EDL-732||Advanced Statistics & Lab||4|
|EDL-733||Quantitative Research Design||3|
|EDL-734||Qualitative Research Design||3|
|EDL-735||Case Study Method and Design||3|
|EDL-737||Inequality and Education||3|
|EDL-738||History & Future of Education Reform||3|
|EDL-739||Cultural Perspectives in Education||3|
K-12 Professional Core
|ELK-741||K-12 Education Governance, Law & Policy.||3|
|ELK-742||Education Finance & Planning||3|
|ELK-744||Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Of Learning||3|
|ELK-745||Applied Research Practicum I||3|
|ELK-746||Applied Research Practicum II||3|
Higher Education Professional Core
|ELH-741||Higher Education Governance, Law and Policy||3|
|ELH-742||Higher Education & Strategic Planning||3|
|ELH-743||Higher Education Curriculum||3|
|ELH-744||Program Evaluation and Outcomes Assessment||3|
|ELH-745||Applied Research Practicum I||3|
|ELH-746||Applied Research Practicum II||3|
No dissertation core courses can be taken until the Comprehensive Exam has been completed successfully.
|EDL-752||Dissertation Proposal I||3|
|EDL-753||Dissertation Proposal II||2|
In addition to the course work, students are also required to complete the following:
- Complete the Comprehensive Examination at the completion of all coursework prerequisite to the dissertation. Students must successfully pass the comprehensive examination before proceeding to take Dissertation Proposal I (EDL-752).
- Present a defense of the dissertation proposal and completed dissertation. (See the dissertation handbook for a detailed presentation of the dissertation requirement.).
In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate programs, the following regulations apply for this doctoral program:
- Doctoral students are required to receive a grade of B or higher in all courses in the educational leadership curriculum. Students who receive less than a B (B-, C+, etc.) will not only have to repeat that course, but will also be placed on academic probation (see section on academic probation). Grades of U, or unsatisfactory, are considered to be grades below a B for all policies that contain reference to grades of B- or below for doctoral coursework. A course may be repeated one time only. The original grade will be replaced by the second grade whether higher or lower. Students who receive a grade of B- or below twice for the same course will be dismissed from the program.
Students enrolled in the doctoral programs who receive a grade of B- or below will be notified in writing that they have been placed on academic probation. Academic probation will then apply to the next semester of their enrollment, including summer semesters. Students who have been placed on academic probation must successfully complete all coursework with grades of B or higher in the next semester of their enrollment in order to be removed from academic probation. Students who have been placed on academic probation, and receive a grade of B- or below for any course taken in the next semester of their enrollment, will be dismissed from the program.
Students who are taking coursework, and are carrying an “I” (Incomplete) grade from any previous doctoral coursework, and who have a grade of B- or below submitted to replace any I grade, will immediately be placed on academic probation for the current semester of their enrollment.
Doctoral Policies on Student Misconduct
In addition to the college’s policy regarding academic integrity, students enrolled in the educational leadership doctoral program are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of personal behavior and professional conduct in academic and educational environments. Dishonesty or misconduct in any form, whether academic or professional, will not be tolerated by program faculty. Unprofessional behavior in any educational setting, including any on- or off-campus experiences related to the research practicum or dissertation, may result in failure of the course regardless of the mastery of all other course requirements, and may result in dismissal from the program.
The director of the Educational Leadership doctoral program will convene and refer any and all allegations of misconduct to the Educational Leadership program's student misconduct review committee upon written notification of any type of misconduct identified by program faculty. At least two doctoral faculty not involved in the charge(s) of misconduct will be included on the committee. After a careful review of the charge(s), which includes providing the student an opportunity to present the student’s case before the committee, the committee will render, in writing, a decision to the director of the Educational Leadership doctoral program, who will in turn inform the student of the committee’s decision.
Students may appeal the committee’s decision to the director of the Educational Leadership doctoral program.
Prospective applicants must forward the following materials to the graduate admissions office:
- A completed application with a nonrefundable application fee.
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts of all institutions attended.
- Submission of any one of the following: GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores (optional).
In addition to the application procedure, candidates must present the following:
- A completed master's degree in education or a related field.
- Evidence of leadership and professionalism in education or a related field.
- A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 (based on a 4.0 system).
- Two letters of professional recommendation.
- A written statement (1,000 - 1,500 words, including references) describing an educational problem that you would like to research if admitted to the program.
- One writing sample, including examples from within your graduate program coursework, or an individual scholarly publication.
- Professional resume or curriculum vitae.
- Students being considered for admission may be asked to come to campus to be interviewed by education leadership faculty.
Applications for admission are considered on a competitive basis; applicants meeting minimum requirements may not be admitted.
Applicants who do not meet the above criteria but have a graduate grade point average of at least 3.25 and show promise will be reviewed on an individual basis by the admissions committee and may be admitted provisionally. Students who are provisionally admitted will be immediately dismissed from the program should they receive a grade of B- or below for any of the first four courses in which they enroll.
Students may transfer up to 40 graduate credits with grades of B or better at the discretion of the program director. Credits must be from an accredited institution in courses appropriate to the program.
In the event applicants have fewer than 40 hours of prior graduate work, additional graduate-level courses will be necessary to complete the total required.