Ed.D. Program of Study

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

Program Core (24 credits)

The primary purpose of the program core is to provide all students with a foundation in leadership and organization theory and practice. Other courses in the core prepare students as researchers. All courses in the core are required for graduation.

  • EDL 601 Leadership Theory (3)
  • EDL 605 Social Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDL 609 Organizational Development and Analysis (3)
  • EDL 641 Applied Research (3)
  • Additional Research Courses (6) (To be determined with advisor)
  • EDL 699 Dissertation (6)

Total 24 Credits

Program Concentrations

Program concentrations focus on three areas, Leadership in Educational Administration, Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction, or Leadership in Higher Education. Courses in each concentration 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 an advisor. 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 Educational Administration Concentration (36 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 take two internship courses (2 credits each). Students may select from three options that include a focus on: international perspectives (requires study abroad); business and government institutions; or educational organizations. Specific details will be determined in consultation with a faculty advisor.

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

Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction Concentration (36 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 take two internship courses (2 credits each). Students are required to participate in an international study abroad internship and may select from two other options that include a focus on: business and government institutions or educational organizations. Specific details will be determined in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Leadership in Higher Education Concentration (36 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 (2 credits) and Reflective Practice (1 credit). Students may select a local internship in a higher education setting or an international study abroad internship or an internship at a business and government institution.  Specific details will be determined in consultation with a faculty advisor.

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

TOTAL HOURS 60

Ed.D. Advising Sheet



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