Program Requirements

The program of study for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership includes core courses and specialization-specific courses. A total of 60 credits are required for graduation. Students must fulfill the requirements for a specific specialization of study and work closely with their program coordinator to plan their course of study.

Program Core (9 credits)

The primary purpose of the program core is to provide all students with a foundation in leadership and organization theory and practice.

  • EDL 601 - Leadership Theory (3)
  • EDL 605 - Social Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDL 609 - Leading Change in Educational Organizations (3)

Research Core (12 hours)

The research core is designed to rigorously prepare EdD students to effectively bridge research with practice.

  • EDL 641 - Applied Research (3)
  • EDL 642 - Program Evaluation (3) or another advanced research course
  • EDL 643 - Quantitative Research (3)
  • EDL 644 - Qualitative Research (3)

Dissertation Required Courses (6 hours)

  • EDL 699 - Dissertation in Education (6)

Program specialization

Program specializations focus on three areas, Leadership in Educational Administration, Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction, or Leadership in Higher Education. Courses in each specialization build upon the foundation of leadership, organization, and research. Courses are offered on a rotating basis and a final course program will be determined in consultation with the specialization coordinator. Courses in the program typically begin with the EDL prefix, however, some courses are offered through other departments in the Watson College of Education, the Cameron School of Business, and other programs on campus.

Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction Specialization (30 Credits)

Students will take a set of courses that focus on areas related to curriculum and instruction, such as planning and design, innovation and change, accountability and assessment, policy and law, diversity and special education, and supervision and resource management.

All students are required to complete an internship and take a corresponding internship course (3 credits). Students may participate in an international study abroad internship or may select from two other options that include a focus on: government institutions or educational organizations. Specific details will be determined in consultation with the specialization coordinator.

Leadership in Educational Administration Specialization (30 credits)

Students will take a set of courses that focus on areas related to educational administration such as policy, law, regulation, technology, curriculum, assessment, decision making, global achievement, and resource management.

All students are required to complete an internship and take a corresponding internship course (3 credits). Students may participate in an international study abroad internship or may select from two other options that include a focus on: government institutions or educational organizations. Specific details will be determined in consultation with the specialization coordinator.

Students will also select appropriate electives to meet the program requirement of 60 credits.

Leadership in Higher Education Specialization (30 credits)

Students will take courses such as policy and law, budget and finance, organization and governance in higher education. Students have the opportunity to pursue a specialized course of study through electives, domestic internships, and international study abroad opportunities at various colleges and universities. All students are required to take one internship course (3 credits). Specific details will be determined in consultation with the specialization coordinator.

Students will also select appropriate electives to meet the program requirement of 60 credits.


TOTAL HOURS 60

 

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