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Leadership Core (24 semester credits)

ED 710: Contemporary Theories in Leadership (3) 

ED 711: Issues in Educational Leadership (3) 

ED 712: Ethics in Educational Leadership (3) 

ED 713: Strategic Change in Education (3) 

ED 714: Policy Analysis & Advocacy for Change (3) 

ED 715: Developing Organizational Culture (3) 

ED 716: Advanced Inquiry & Analysis in Education (3) 

ED 717: Distributed Leadership & Organizational Structures (3) 

Research Core (9 semester credits)

ED 720: Quantitative Research in Education* (3) 

ED 721: Qualitative Research in Education (3)  

ED 722: Data-Driven Leadership (3) 

*An optional, basic statistics course (1 semester hour) will be offered during the Summer “0” term (and potentially other times as needed) for all candidates who do not have a background or desire a refresher in descriptive and inferential statistics.

ED 565: Introduction to Educational Statistics (1) 

Electives (9 semester credits)

Chosen in conjunction with doctoral advisor. *Electives being developed with the initial proposal.  Other ideas included for context/vision.

*ED 701: Doctoral Level Topics in Education (.5 - 3) 

*ED 730: Contracts & Negotiation (3) 

*ED 731: Economics of Human Resources (3) 

*ED 732: Advanced Law & Administration (3) 

ED 733: Leadership in Urban Systems (3) 

ED 734: Leadership in Rural Systems (3) 

ED 735: Leadership in Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development (3) 

ED 736: Innovation in Education (3) 

ED 737: Developing a Research Proposal (3)   

ED 738: Researching and Writing a Critical Literature Review (3) 

Practicum (4 semester credits)

ED 898: Doctoral Practicum in Educational Leadership 

Dissertation (12 semester credits)

Doctoral students will create a substantial piece of scholarly work that contains a significant contribution of new knowledge to the study of educational leadership.  Progress will be made throughout the program by taking Dissertation credits each year to distribute the workload and allow for the integration of Practicum experience.

ED 899: Dissertation Research (1-12 variable)

Course Descriptions

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    ED 710: Contemporary Theories in Leadership (3)

    Explores the nature of complex organizations and various theories of organizational leadership focusing on inquiry and reflective practice.
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    ED 711: Issues in Educational Leadership (3)

    Examination of current national, state, and local educational climate including government policies and spending, technology, achievement, school reform, social-emotional needs, diversity, and equity.
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    ED 712: Ethics in Educational Leadership (3)

    The study of complex organizations and the nature of leadership with an emphasis on moral and ethical decision-making.
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    ED 713: Strategic Change in Education (3)

    Exploration of ways to assess, select, and implement effective organizational changes/initiatives that affect health and safety, equal access, professional development, teaching and learning, & student achievement.
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    ED 714: Policy Analysis & Advocacy for Change (3)

    Necessary tools for the design, planning, implementation, and assessment of current or proposed policy including best practices for advocacy at appropriate levels.
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    ED 715: Developing Organizational Culture (3)

    Study of how leaders influence the culture of their organizations and best strategies to change the current culture, bringing about positive environments for students, staff, families, and other stakeholders.
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    ED 716: Advanced Inquiry & Analysis in Education (3)

    Focus on bringing strategies and tools to educational leaders to engage and guide group inquiry and collaboration to bring about positive change with an emphasis on a continual cycle of assessment and review.
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    ED 717: Distributed Leadership & Organizational Structures (3)

    Explores the best practices of implementing distributed leadership and how it interacts with various organizational structures.
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    ED 720: Quantitative Research in Education (3)

    Quantitative research methods in education including fundamental principles of scientific research emphasizing research designs, measurement, sampling, ethics, and quantitative writing methods.
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    ED 721: Qualitative Research in Education (3)

    Qualitative research methods in education including the process involved with data collection, description, analysis, and interpretation emphasizing quality criteria, solid research practice, ethics, and writing methods.
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    ED 722: Data-Driven Leadership (3)

    How to lead the purposeful application of quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyze data in an educational context and make data-driven decisions.
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    ED 565: Introduction to Educational Statistics (1)

    Statistical methods in education; graphs, charts, frequency distributions, central tendencies, dispersion, correlation, sampling errors, estimation, and hypothesis testing.
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    ED 701: Doctoral Level Topics in Education (.5 - 3)

    Doctoral-level topics in education. Each has a subtitle; no subtitle may be repeated for credit. Counts for Ed.D. credit with approval of Program Director.
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    ED 730: Contracts & Negotiation (3)

    Negotiation strategies with emphasis on educational professionals, focusing on positive conflict resolution, interest-based bargaining, and contract law.
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    ED 731: Economics of Human Resources (3)

    Explores the roles & responsibilities of the human resources manager in educational systems. Includes planning, recruiting, hiring, development, and compensation; while operating within negotiated agreements and policies.
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    ED 732: Advanced Law & Administration (3)

    Explores legal issues specific to school leaders with emphasis on school environment, Constitutional issues, students, personnel, and accountability.
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    ED 733: Leadership in Urban Systems (3)

    Problems and solutions pertaining to urban school systems and leaders including overcrowding, faculty turnover, limited resources, economic diversity, limited English skills, and greater numbers of at-risk students.
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    ED 734: Leadership in Rural Systems (3)

    Problems and solutions pertaining to rural school systems and leaders including extreme poverty, teacher recruitment, and proximity to resources.
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    ED 735: Leadership in Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development (3)

    Planning, implementation, and delivery of professional development and adult learning with emphasis on needs identification, learning style, and program assessment.
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    ED 736: Innovation in Education (3)

    Bringing positive change and keeping schools up-to-date with real-world strategies and technologies in a rapidly changing and advancing society with emphasis on positive organizational leadership and change.
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    ED 737: Developing a Research Proposal (3)

    Essential elements of effective research proposals with special attention to university research policy including topic selection and definition, purpose and audience, preliminary research, formulation of research question, and creation of a research plan.
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    ED 738: Researching and Writing a Critical Literature Review (3)

    Elements of writing an effective and thorough literature review of scholarly sources including key findings and concepts and developments in relation to research topic.  Students will analyze, interpret, and evaluate literature, synthesize sources to highlight patterns, themes, etc., and show the current state of knowledge in relation to a central hypothesis.
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    ED 898: Doctoral Practicum in Educational Leadership (1 per semester for four semesters)

    Practicum in an appropriate educational placement to develop skills related to Ed.D. Program standards. Placements will be approved by doctoral advisor.  Repeatable.
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    ED 899: Dissertation Research (1-12 variable)

    Dissertation research leading up to and including completion of the approved doctoral dissertation. Repeatable.

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