Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

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Ed.D. Curriculum Sequence

Semester 1 - Year 1

Show DetailsAcademic Residency: Education and Social Justice
EDU 7003 credits

The seminar examines alternative conceptions of ethics and social justice and explores their implications for education. The seminar provides students with a theoretical grounding that will serve to inform their leadership practices in PK-12 and higher education contexts. Through readings, dialogue, and written work, students will engage in ongoing reflection on their assumptions and perspectives regarding social justice issues in education.
Show DetailsEthical Leadership
EDU 7013 credits

This seminar has three key elements: (1) overview of the nature of ethics and the concept of the common good and how they relate to leadership; (2) exploration of the nature and sources of moral courage and how they relate to leadership; and (3) examination of historical examples that underscore the essential nature of ethics and courage for those who aspire to advance positive change for the common good.
Show DetailsEducational Research Design and Methods
EDU 7833 credits

This seminar focuses on construction of a research design and the appropriate use of research methods. It includes the logical steps of the research method, alternative forms of data analysis, and ethical issues related to research with human subjects.
Show DetailsProfessional Development Practicum I
0 credits

The Professional Development Practicum (PDP), which are held online, are convened midway through each term. The PDP provides students and faculty with an opportunity to continue seminar work, as well as to explore issues of social justice through such avenues as social action projects, film, visual arts, social action, panel discussions, and guest speakers.

Semester 2 - Year 1

Show DetailsLegal Issues in Education Pre K-12
EDU 7023 credits

Decision-making practices within the educational setting are impacted by myriad factors; law is one such factor that permeates every aspect of public school administration. This seminar addresses significant legal considerations that PK-12 educational leaders may encounter in their decisions regarding students, teachers, staff, curriculum and other aspects of public schooling. The focus is on practical application in the context of ethical leadership and an attention to social justice.

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Show DetailsLegal Issues in Higher Education
EDU 7033 credits

Decision-making practices within the educational setting are impacted by myriad factors; law is one such factor that permeates every aspect of higher education administration. This seminar addresses significant legal considerations that leaders in higher education may encounter in their decisions regarding such issues as human resources, faculty, academic freedom, student discipline, admissions, and free speech. The focus is on practical application in the context of ethical leadership and an attention to social justice.
Show DetailsQuantitative Methods in Educational Research
EDU 7843 credits

Decision-making practices within the educational setting are impacted by myriad factors; law is one such factor that permeates every aspect of higher education administration. This seminar addresses significant legal considerations that leaders in higher education may encounter in their decisions regarding such issues as human resources, faculty, academic freedom, student discipline, admissions, and free speech. The focus is on practical application in the context of ethical leadership and an attention to social justice.

Specialized seminar 1:

Show DetailsResource Management in Education
EDU 8233 credits

This seminar is designed to aid in preparing educational professionals to assume leadership/administrative/management positions in educational related organizations. The primary focus of the seminar is on the role and functions of administrators/managers in their responsibilities related to resource management and allocation, with special reference to human resource management especially as it related to the facilitation and support of student learning and achievement in educational organizations.
Show DetailsResource Management in Higher Education Settings
EDU 8433 credits

This seminar is designed to aid in preparing educational professionals to assume leadership/administrative/management positions in educational related organizations. The primary focus of the seminar is on the roles and functions of administrators/managers in their responsibilities related to resource management and allocation, with special reference to human resource management especially as it relates to the facilitation and support of student learning and achievement in educational organizations.

Specialized seminar 2:

Show DetailsEducation and Technology
EDU 8243 credits

This seminar’s focus is on exploring existing and emerging technologies and applications and designing them into student centric learning experiences and to facilitate the integration access, use and understanding of new technologies and information resources for continued learning and development.
Show DetailsProfessional Development Practicum II
0 credits

The Professional Development Practicum (PDP), which are held online, are convened midway through each term. The PDP provides students and faculty with an opportunity to continue seminar work, as well as to explore issues of social justice through such avenues as social action projects, film, visual arts, social action, panel discussions, and guest speakers.
Show DetailsPortfolio II
EDU 8600 credits

The electronic portfolio is a means by which students are provided with the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and to demonstrate how their thinking has changed as a result of their academic studies.

Semester 3 - Year 2

Show DetailsLiterature Review
EDU 8913 credits

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the significant role of the literature review in a dissertation and review alternative approaches to organizing the chapter. Students will use the literature review to develop a dissertation prospectus.
Show DetailsQualitative Methods in Educational Research
EDU 7853 credits

This seminar is designed to engage students in the theory and practice of qualitative social research. Students will explore various philosophical assumptions underlying qualitative research such as epistemology and ontology. Additionally, students will examine models for designing and conducting qualitative research and engage in a practice study (including data collection) on a topic of their choice. Students will also address issues of evaluating qualitative research and develop skills in writing up research findings. Additionally, students will complete Field Proficiency Review #2, which covers competencies from throughout the research seminars.

Specialized seminar 3:

Show DetailsLeadership and Change in Schools and Educational Systems
EDU 8213 credits

This seminar focuses on professional experiences and reflective practice as they come together in examination of leadership theories and strategies for transformative change in schools and educational systems. Includes: exploration of the relationship of a school's leader and the school's effectiveness.

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Show DetailsLeadership and Change in Institutions of Higher Education
EDU 8413 credits

This seminar explores the changing role of leadership in higher education, including analysis of participatory leadership, the place of personal goals and values, complexities of higher learning, organizing in the 21st century, and examination of real life situations.
Show DetailsInternship Part I
INTP 7903 credits

The internship (minimum 150 hours) provides students with the opportunity to synthesize their academic learning with practical experiences. Students plan and arrange, with faculty guidance, an internship experience that will challenge them to move outside of their professional comfort zones. The internship experience provides students with a direct, sustained, and engaged professional experience and thereby requires students to assess the applicability of ideas and information learned in the core and advanced seminars to the opportunities and constraints present within a professional setting. The internship continues the program’s emphasis on issues of social justice, requiring student to explore the difficulties associated with making changes guided by considerations of social justice.
Show DetailsProfessional Development Practicum III
0 credits

The Professional Development Practicum (PDP), which are held online, are convened midway through each term. The PDP provides students and faculty with an opportunity to continue seminar work, as well as to explore issues of social justice through such avenues as social action projects, film, visual arts, social action, panel discussions, and guest speakers.

Semester 4 - Year 2

Show DetailsFocused Research Design Project: Dissertation Proposal
EDU 7863 credits

The purpose of this seminar is to facilitate students in designing their dissertation study. The culminating project is a dissertation proposal consisting of the first three chapters of the dissertation (introduction, literature review, and methodology).

Specialized seminar 4:

Show DetailsEducational Policy Implementation
EDU 8223 credits

This seminar focuses on the role of the educational leader in implementing educational policy, disseminating information about the effect of policy decisions on schools, and collaborating with policy makers for advancement and reform of education.

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Show DetailsHistory of Higher Education in America
EDU 8423 credits

This seminar focuses on the development of higher education in the United States, including: review of sociological, political, and economic influences that have been major forces for development and change in higher education.

Specialized seminar 5:

Show DetailsSchools, Society, and Culture
EDU 8253 credits

This seminar focuses on the importance of creating strong programs for encouraging successful relationships among the school, the community, and the wider society. Includes: examination of examples of efforts involving teachers, parents, the community, business, and government in supporting the missions of Pre K-12 educational institutions.
Show DetailsInternship Part II
INTP 7913 credits

The internship (minimum 150 hours) provides students with the opportunity to synthesize their academic learning with practical experiences. Students plan and arrange, with faculty guidance, an internship experience that will challenge them to move outside of their professional comfort zones. The internship experience provides students with a direct, sustained, and engaged professional experience and thereby requires students to assess the applicability of ideas and information learned in the core and advanced seminars to the opportunities and constraints present within a professional setting. The internship continues the program’s emphasis on issues of social justice, requiring student to explore the difficulties associated with making changes guided by considerations of social justice.

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Show DetailsArt of Social Justice and Leadership
EDU 8503 credits

This seminar examines reflective pracctices of reasoning and skill-based critical thinking to explore alternative, refreshing, and new solutions to old problems. Visual cognitive skills, social justice theories through the lens of art, and leadership principles through visual culture will lead to new implications for problem-solving in education.
Show DetailsProfessional Development Practicum IV
0 credits

The Professional Development Practicum (PDP), which are held online, are convened midway through each term. The PDP provides students and faculty with an opportunity to continue seminar work, as well as to explore issues of social justice through such avenues as social action projects, film, visual arts, social action, panel discussions, and guest speakers.
Show DetailsPortfolio III
EDU 8600 credits

The electronic portfolio is a means by which students are provided with the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and to demonstrate how their thinking has changed as a result of their academic studies.

Semester 5 - Year 3

Show DetailsDissertation Research
RSCH 8806 credits

Collection and analysis of data for dissertation.
Show DetailsEducation and Sustainability
EDU 8993 credits

This seminar’s focus is on the education and actions required by educators and their institutions to educate, advocate and provide leadership for integrated solutions that “…meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development to the United Nations, 1987).
Show DetailsCurrent Issues in Education Pre K-12
EDU 7043 credits

This seminar focuses on examination of factors influencing education in today’s society, with emphasis on the public school’s role within society, the politics of education, finances, and other factors involved in equity, such as historical and philosophical impact of common and idealized values, choices with public education, and questions of policy and leadership. A variety of perspectives and issues will be considered in terms of problems and possibilities for transformative education in schools and society.

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Show DetailsCurrent Issues in Higher Education
EDU 7053 credits

This seminar involves a close study and careful analysis of current issues in higher education. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploration of such issues as: state and national policies, equity, accessibility, accountability, finance, collaboration, and educational partnerships.
Show DetailsProfessional Development Practicum V
0 credits

The Professional Development Practicum (PDP), which are held online, are convened midway through each term. The PDP provides students and faculty with an opportunity to continue seminar work, as well as to explore issues of social justice through such avenues as social action projects, film, visual arts, social action, panel discussions, and guest speakers.

Semester 6 - Year 3

Show DetailsDissertation
RSCH 9019 credits

Presentation of the research project representing a culmination of the student's program and area of specialization: provides evidence of ability to address an educational challenge. May take the form of a traditional (empirical) dissertation, but may also be a case study or historical analysis.
Show DetailsProfessional Development Practicum VI
0 credits

The Professional Development Practicum (PDP), which are held online, are convened midway through each term. The PDP provides students and faculty with an opportunity to continue seminar work, as well as to explore issues of social justice through such avenues as social action projects, film, visual arts, social action, panel discussions, and guest speakers.

Degree: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Start Dates: Jan & July
Credits: 66
Transfer up to 12 credits
Min. Time: 3 years

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