The program of studies, i.e., the courses and curriculum for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, is a minimum of 54 credit hours, made up of 4 parts:

Courses are offered in the evenings during the fall and spring terms. Most students are part-time and typically take two courses per term. Classes are scheduled so that many students take two classes in one evening (e.g., on Thursday night, a class from 4 to 6:50 p.m. and another class from 7 to 9:50 p.m.).

If you do not have a master’s degree in educational leadership or school administration, you are required to take a minimum of 9 additional M.S.A. credits.

We suggest you take courses in the sequence listed below.

Core and Foundational Courses

  • EDUC 831: School Law, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 832: Educational Politics and Policy, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 834: Organizational Behavior and Theory in Education, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 866: Policy to Practice, 3 hrs

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Leadership, Skills and Dispositions Courses

  • EDUC 833: Development and Systems Leadership, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 840: Advanced Leadership Theories, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 844: Advanced Seminar and Supervised Internship in Educational Administration, 6 hrs
  • EDUC 835: Instructional Leadership for Supervision, Curriculum and Technology, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 836: School Finance and Economic Equity, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 837: Cultural Aspects of Leadership and Instruction in School Reform, 3 hrs

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Research and Methods Courses

  • EDUC 710: Statistical Analysis of Educational Data I, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 841: Development of a Research Proposal, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 830: Field Techniques in Educational Research, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 994: Doctoral Dissertation, 6 hrs

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Suggested Research Electives

Choose one

  • EDUC 713: Tests and Measurements, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 829: Applied Measurement Theory for Education, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 784: Statistical Analysis of Educational Data II, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 785: Program Evaluation in Education, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 871: Seminar in Education, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 868: Advanced Qualitative Analysis and Interpretation, 3 hrs

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Optional M.S.A. Courses

If you do not hold a master’s degree in educational leadership or school administration, you are required to take a minimum of 9 additional M.S.A. credits (for a total of 63 credit hours).

You may choose courses from those listed below or (with approval) transfer up to 9 M.S.A or Educational Leadership credits from another accredited institution.

  • EDUC 724: Parental/Community Engagement for the School Executive, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 725: Supervisory Practice for the School Executive, 3 hrs
    Highly recommended, covers TPAI
  • EDUC 730: Curriculum Leadership, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 759: Problems in Educational Leadership I, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 741: School-Based Inquiry and Reform, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 750: Managing Schools within a District Context, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 731: Problems in Educational Leadership II, 3 hrs

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