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Doctor of Education Degree (EdD)

The Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership (EdD) program is designed to provide advanced study in district leadership, a unique focus among doctoral programs. The program provides a pathway to prepare school practitioners to become practitioner- scholars and to serve in district level leadership positions including the superintendency. To accommodate your status as a working professional, the program will use a combination of delivery systems including regular face to face Saturday meetings once or twice a month and online courses.

By creating a program that focuses on the scholar-practitioner at the school system level, graduates will be prepared to generate and apply research leading to new instructional programs, curriculum improvement, policy changes, and organizational development that supports effective and just school districts.

EdD Program Hallmarks

  • Rigorous high-level academic experience
  • Preparation to serve as school district leaders
  • Application of knowledge to current school problems
  • Designed for working professionals, with a combination of face to face and online courses.
  • Cohort model where students meet together throughout the program.
  • The culminating doctoral applied research study focuses on examining and addressing a problem of practice at the district level.

Curriculum

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (60 hours)
Core Courses (9 hours)
EDAM 610 Advanced Seminar in Leadership Theory
EDAM 670 Values and Ethics in Educational Leadership
EDAM 680 Administration of Complex Organizations
Foundation Courses (9 hours)
EDAM 695 History and Philosophy of Education
EDAM 695 Comparative Studies in Global Leadership
EDAM 629 Seminar in Policy Issues in Education
Research Foundation Courses (9 hours)
ELPS 615 Research Design
EDPY 577 Statistics in Applied Fields
HEAM 695 Qualitative Research Design and Methods
Specialization Courses (21 hours)
EDAM 629 Policy Analysis
EDAM 630 Politics of Education
EDAM 631 Educational Change Management
EDAM 632 School District Leadership
EDAM 646 Personnel Administration
EDAM 656 Legal Issues in Education
1 Elective
Doctoral Applied Research (12 hours)
ELPS 601 Doctoral Applied Research

 

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