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Ed.D. Program Curriculum

As a student in the Ed.D. program you will begin your studies with a cohort of approximately 20 highly qualified students from around the country, and progress through a prescribed three-year (36 months), weekend-based curriculum. Each year is divided into summer, fall, and spring semesters. A full degree program is comprised of 54 credit hours in addition to 30 transfer hours from an accepted master's degree for a total of 84 credit hours. A masters’ degree is required for program admission. Classes meet six weekends per semester, with classes beginning Friday evenings at 4pm, and ending Saturday by 5pm.

Educational Leadership & Policy Curriculum (K-12)

The Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy prepares students to be leaders in educational organizations and to hold central office administrative and other professional positions. Through required courses, participants focus on education reform, instructional leadership, educational accountability and assessment, research methods and data analysis, the social context of education, politics and governance, teachers and teaching, and resource allocation and deployment.

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Summer Learning and Performance in Organizations Decision Analysis II: Quantitative Analysis Decision Analysis IV: Education Policy and Program Evaluation
  Leadership Theory and Behavior Resource Allocation and Deployment Diverse Learners and At-risk Students
Fall Organization Theory and Behavior Decision Analysis III: Qualitative Analysis International/Comparative Issues in Education
  Instructional Leadership and Educational Reform Educational Accountability and Student Assessment Capstone Experience
Spring Decision Analysis I: Logic of Systematic Inquiry K-12 Law Teachers and Teaching
  Context of Educational Leadership and Policy Politics and Governance Capstone Experience

Higher Education Leadership & Policy Curriculum

The goal of the Ed.D. program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy is to equip scholar-practitioners with a variety of theoretical and research based perspectives that facilitate effective operation of institutions and organizations such as colleges and universities, government agencies, professional associations, and consulting companies. Through required courses, participants focus on colleges and universities as organizations, the college student experience, research design and data analysis, the academic profession, public policy and higher education, history, finance, marketing, and higher education in international contexts.

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Summer Learning and Performance in Organizations Decision Analysis II: Quantitative Analysis College and University Finance
  Leadership Theory and Behavior College and University Management Decision Analysis IV: Education Policy and Program Evaluation
Fall Organization Theory and Behavior Decision Analysis III: Qualitative Analysis International/Comparative Issues in Education
  The Academic Profession: Structure and Roles Public Policy and Higher Education Capstone Experience
Spring Decision Analysis I: Logic of Systematic Inquiry Nature and Function of Higher Education Institutional Research
  Context of Educational Leadership and Policy The College Student Capstone Experience

 
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