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In accordance with departmental policy, the program of study in educational leadership will include a minimum of 58 graduate level course credits beyond the master’s degree and an 18-hour dissertation project.
These required courses represent a basic body of knowledge in educational leadership. A student must demonstrate a proficiency in this material through the comprehensive examination. The following is a list of core courses:
Program Core: 18 hours
EDL 9100 Introductory Doctoral Seminar
EDL 9000 Principles of Educational Leadership
EDL 9050 Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership
EDL 9110 Systematic Inquiry in Educational Leadership or EX ST 801 Statistical Methods
EDL 9880 Directed Research
EDL 9890 Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership
EDL 9900 Clinical Research in Educational Leadership
Research and Assessment Methodology: 16 hours (All courses must be approved by the committee.)
- Introductory courses in both qualitative and quantitative methods
- Advanced course work in either qualitative or quantitative methods
Concentration: 18 hours
The field of specialization may be either public school administration (P-12) or higher education. The courses for specialization should be selected in close consultation with the student’s advisory committee. These courses allow the student and advisory committee to tailor the program to the unique needs of the student within the overall philosophy and structure of the program. An 18-hour minimum is required as approved by the student’s committee.
Possible courses for higher education specialization are:
EDC 8040 Student Development Theory (Required Core)
EDL 7650 Assessment in Higher Education
EDL 8200 Politics of Education
EDL 8390 Research Methods in Educational Leadership
EDL 8850 Selected Topics in Educational Administration
EDL 9500 Educational Policy Studies
EDL 9550 The Two-Year College
EDL 9600 Legal Principles in the Administration of Institutions of Higher Education
EDL 9620 Higher Education Governance (Required Core)
EDL 9650 Higher Education Finance
EDL 9700 Foundations of Higher Education (Required Core)
EDL 9720 Ethics in Educational Leadership
EDL 9750 College Teaching
EDL 9760 External Effectiveness of Higher Education
EDL 9770 Diversity Issues in Higher Education (Required Core)
EDL 9800 Current Issues in Educational Leadership
Internship: three hours
The purpose of the research internship (EDL 9860) is to provide students a research apprenticeship, preferably under the guidance of their major advisers or any other member of their doctoral advising committees, to build their curriculum vita and emerging research agenda for their dissertations. The research internship provides students an opportunity to develop viable research questions from the problems and issues of practice and then participate in the development of the research design, data collection, analysis and reporting phases of research studies. Student products from the research internship include conference proposals, presentations and manuscripts.
Cognates: six hours (18-21 recommended)
Cognates are courses from academic fields outside of educational leadership supporting students’ research agendas. As part of the program of study, each student must complete six graduate semester hours in a cognate area. All six hours must be from the same discipline and approved by the student’s graduate committee.
Dissertation: 18 hours
EDL 9910 Doctoral Dissertation Research