Ed.D. Academic Program
Program of Study – Ed.D.: Leadership and Professional Practice
The Program of Study is a list of required courses offered. Course substitutions or transfer hours are not allowed. The 57-semester hour program requires a minimum of seven (7) semsters for completion. No transfer credit is accepted in the Ed.D. Program. The University is not obligated to any candidate who becomes disenrolled for any reason. Failure to follow course sequence will result in delayed graduation date and significant financial penalty. The Ed.D. courses are taught in multiple formats (i.e., face to face, hybrid, and online).
During the first summer of the Ed.D. program, each candidate will complete a form identifying an area of interest relating to the topic chosen for the dissertation. Examples include: administrative leadership, professoriate, business administration, corporate development, curriculum and instruction, higher education, mental health, non-profit organizations, nursing education, religious leadership, teacher leadership, technology, teaching and learning, or another area submitted and approved by the Ed.D. Director. The areas of interest chosen will be the candidate's area of focus in course work, especially EDU 8010.
Total Credit Hours: 57
The Ed.D. program is built on specific competencies:
EDU 8001 Part I: Participants demonstrate the ability to think with leadership and organizational theory in order to understand practical situations and make better decisions. Additional competencies selected by the candidate based on a personal action plan.
EDU 8002: Participants demonstrate an understanding and application of the elements required to present an academic rationale for a quality research project.
EDU 8003: Participants understand and demonstrate the various components in planning and developing a strategic policy.
EDU 8004: Participants demonstrate an understanding and application of research design including qualitative and quantitative.
EDU 8005: Participants conceptualize quality instructional environments.
EDU 8006: Participants reflect on one's own frame or lens through which we view diversity and develop a training manual applicable to leadership in various types of organizations.
EDU 8010: Participants conduct a meta-analysis on ethical, power, and future issues related to their dissertation topic and develop and understanding of how these issues relate to their personal leadership.
EDU 8011 Part II: Participants demonstrate the ability to think with leadership and organizational theory in order to understand practical situations and make better decisions. Additional competencies selected by the candidate based on a personal action plan.
EDU 8051: Participants demonstrate self-awareness and the desire and ability to continually improve in the defined areas of personal management.
EDU 8052: Participants demonstrate the skill of facilitating a team-based organization or learning culture.
EDU 8053: Participants demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate total system optimization.
EDU 8151: Participants successfully acquire skills to use technology to support academic pursuits.
EDU 8152 Part I: Participants understand the tests appropriate for their dissertations and successfully use SPSS to input and analyze their data, correctly reporting the results and drawing scholarly conclusions.
EDU 8154 Part II: Participants understand the tests appropriate for their dissertations and successfully use SPSS to input and analyze their data, correctly reporting the results and drawing scholarly conclusions.
EDU 8201 - 8209: Participants demonstrate the ability to conceive, plan, execute, and report a quality research study.
Intensified Summer Learning Experience (ISLE)
During the three summer sessions of intensified learning experiences, candidates are required to participate with peers and faculty members in scholarly and innovative activities. These learning experiences include both day and evening sessions.
All doctoral candidates are required to reside in University residence halls during the summer sessions. There are no exceptions to this residence requirement. Attendance in classes and all other scheduled activities is mandatory. Failure to comply with ISLE requirements will likely result in dismissal from the program.
In addition to tuition for courses, other fees are assessed for participation in ISLE.
The dissertation is a major research endeavor of a significant issue related to professional practice. The dissertation involves identification of a problem, development of appropriate protocol, implementation and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative research, and dissertation defense. The dissertation is designed to equip the candidate to engage in scientifically based inquiry and practice to effect problem identification and solutions in the environment of practice.
The dissertation experience begins in the first semester of the doctoral program and ends with a culminating experience that includes a defense with the candidate’s dissertation team.
Candidates must earn a grade of "S" to identify them as making satisfactory progress on the dissertation project each semester. A grade of "U" identifies the candidate as not making satisfactory progress. Any dissertation course with an earned grade of "U" must be retaken the following semester along with the normal course load already expected to be taken. A candidate who earns a grade of "U" in two consecutive dissertation courses is automatically terminated from the program. A candidate who earns a grade of "U" in three dissertation courses is automatically terminated from the program. Additional details regarding the dissertation may be found in the Dissertation Research Manual. A grade of Incomplete may be given for extenuating circumstances and must be cleared within a brief, specified period of time as determined by the Ed.D. Director.