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The Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills to educational leaders who seek to transform complex problems in education through practice in the educational institution. The program emphasizes the application of scholarship (theory) to the improvement of educational practice. The program’s goal is to develop thoughtful, knowledgeable practitioners. It is intended for individuals in educational leadership careers.
The online Doctor of Education degree in Education Leadership is offered in two different emphases:
The courses are taught in a predominately online cohort format, where students in a cohort follow a set schedule of classes together from start to finish. One year a cohort will begin for K-12 Leadership and the next year a different cohort will start for Higher Education Leadership. Students should only apply to a cohort in the area they wish to pursue.
Fall 2015 cohort: K-12 Leadership
Fall 2016 cohort: Higher Education Leadership
Each cohort will have four face-to-face summer meetings. The location and dates will be provided a year in advance.
The online format is asynchronous and synchronous. Every other Saturday from approximately 8:30 a.m. EST to 2:30 p.m. EST, students will be expected to participate in synchronous sessions. These sessions will use audio and video technology to simulate an actual classroom experience permitting immediate feedback, detailed collaboration with instructors and fellow students, and increased engagement. The goal is to build a sense of community and help students form professional networks.
In order to be considered for admission to the program, an applicant must have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and must have completed three years of professional education experience. (Preference will be given to those with leadership experience.)
Application deadline for the Fall Term 2015 K-12 cohort is May 1, 2015. The full application portfolio must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2015. Incomplete portfolios will not be considered.
A completed application portfolio will include:
In order to encourage degree completion and current knowledge of the dissertation process and research methodology, the faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership have enacted the following Continuous Progress Policy.
The research component encompasses both quantitative and qualitative
research methods. The competencies to be developed are essential to
interpreting and evaluating research studies to be encountered in all
course work as well as to completing the dissertation requirement.
The academic core component includes all of the critical areas of study
for future educational leaders: foundations, organizational and
leadership analyses, and the issues which change and dominate over time.
The courses are designed to provide students with the underpinnings to
understand and to act effectively upon the challenges confronting the
There are four choices from which students may select a concentration,
based upon their needs assessment. The specific courses will be
determined in consultation between the student and the academic
Plus nine hours of electives to be chosen in consultation with program
Higher Education Leadership
The cognate, to be determined jointly by the student and advisor, can
be completed in one academic discipline or by taking a combination of
courses from more than one academic discipline.
This internship experience will assist students in strengthening their
leadership competencies. The number of credit hours required will be
determined with the student's advisor based upon the student's past
professional experience and personal career objectives. Forty-five
contact hours will be required for each credit earned. A letter of
understanding will be developed between the student, district, and
university supervisor as to the responsibilities and expectations for
Students will be expected to take written qualifying exams upon the
completion of their academic core classes. Qualifying exams will be
administered in the fall and spring of each year. Comprehensive review
of all program materials is completed with the successful defense of a
student's dissertation proposal. At this point, students are advanced to
The student will complete three steps in the dissertation process:
1. the proposal review stage in which there is a formal defense of the
2. conducting the research, analyzing the results, and writing the
3. an oral defense of the dissertation.
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