Curriculum and Course Sequence

Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Program Curriculum

The program consists of a minimum* of 60 hours of graduate study in the following areas:

Educational Leadership: 33 credits

EDLP 714: Introduction to Educational Leadership Doctoral Studies (3)
EDLP 715: Introductory Seminar in Educational Leadership (3)
EDLP 716: Organizational Change and Leadership Theory (3)
EDLP 781: Educational History, Politics and Policy of American Education (3)
EDLP 785: Educational Assessment (3)
EDLP 801: Leading Diverse Educational Organizations (3)
EDLP 806: Educational Research I (3)
EDLP 807: Educational Research II (3)
EDLP 808: Applying Theory and Research to Practice (3)
EDLP 840: Strategic Planning and Data-Driven Decision-Making (3)
EDLP 900: Capstone Seminar (3)

Specialization: 9 credits (choose from one of the below specializations)

  PK12 Leadership

EDAD 742: Human Resources (3)
EDAD 743: Educational Law and Ethics (3)
EDAD 744: Educational Finance (3)
SPED 712: Advanced Special Education Law and Procedures (3)
SPED 713: Supervision of Special Education Programs (3)
SPED 714: Special Education Funding and Grant Writing (3)

  Curriculum and Instruction

CUIN 722: Curriculum and Instructional Leadership (3)
CUIN 723: Planning and Implementing Curriculum and Instructional Change – Becoming a Change Agent (3)
CUIN 724: Planning and Conducting Professional/Staff Development and Training (3)

  Higher Education Leadership

HIED 752: Higher Education Structure and Governance (3)
HIED 753: Higher Education Finance (3)
HIED 754: Current Issues in Higher Education Leadership and Law (3)

  Educational Instructional Technology

EDTC 762 Leading Instructional Design Initiatives (3)
EDTC 763 Leadership for Web-based Instructional Delivery (3)
EDTC 764 Ethics and Social Responsibility in Distance Education (3)

Practicum: 6 credits

EDLP 901: Doctoral Practicum I (3)
EDLP 902: Doctoral Practicum II (3)

Dissertation: 12 credits*

EDLP 912: Dissertation  (1-12)

*EDLP 912:  Individuals not completing the dissertation by the end of EDLP 912 must maintain continuous enrollment of at least one (1) dissertation credit each semester until completion. The student must enroll for three (3) dissertation hours in the term of the dissertation defense.

Doctor of Education - Course Sequence

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is designed for a three year completion.  While this is an aggressive program, the design is such that you will begin building your dissertation topic early, and assignments that are embedded into the courses throughout the program will help to advance you to dissertation and completion.  The cohort is admitted to the program beginning in the summer session (generally immediately after the Memorial Day holiday in the summer session I).

Courses are arranged so that students meet one night per week taking two courses per semester with the exception of Winter II sessions where only one course is scheduled.  In the Fall III semester you may have up to nine credit hours as a result of taking dissertation credits.  Beginning year three, students are in practicum/capstone and dissertation credits, and these are designed as independent study led by your program chair/advisor and no longer require regular attendance on campus. You are required to take twelve dissertation credits in total, with continuous enrollment of at least one credit beginning Fall III until graduation.

Total Credits Required: 60 credits

Sample Sequence

Summer I (6 hours)
EDLP 715 Introductory Seminar in Educational Leadership (3)
EDLP 714 Introduction to Educational Leadership Doctoral Studies (3)

Fall I (6 hours)
EDLP 716 Organizational Change and Leadership Theory (3)
EDLP 781 Educational History, Politics, and Policy of American Education (3)

Spring I (6 hours)
EDLP 785 Educational Assessment (3)
EDLP 808 Concepts/Terminology of Research (3)

Summer II (6 hours)
EDLP 806 Quantitative Research Methods
Specialization Course 1 (3)

Fall II (6 hours)
EDLP 840 Strategic Planning (3)
EDLP 807 Qualitative Research (3)

Intersession (3 hours)
EDLP 801 Leading Diverse Educational Organizations (3)

Spring II (6 hours)
EDLP 900 Capstone Seminar (3)
Specialization 2 (3)

Summer III (9 hours)
Specialization 3 (3)
EDLP 901 Practicum I (3)

Fall III (3 hours)
EDLP 902 Practicum II (3)
EDLP 912 Dissertation (1-12 )

Spring III (6 hours)
EDLP 912 Dissertation (1-12)