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Curriculum The Ed.D. program requires 60 semester credits above the master of science degree. Students first complete a 30-credit educational specialist program and then begin 30 credits of coursework for the Ed.D. degree. The coursework is organized in the following five categories as recommended by the National Councilfor the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE):
1. Instructional Leadership 2. Strategic Leadership 3. Organizational Leadership 4. Political and Community Leadership 5. Field-Based Research
A program leading to the doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree is offered in the area of educational leadership. The doctoral program is designed for students interested in leadership issues, as applied to educational institutions. A master of science degree from an accredited institution is required for admission along with other criteria designed to select those students who provide evidence of previous academic success, exhibit leadership skills, have excellent teaching and/or administrative abilities, and show creative energy for solving educational problems. Admission decisions will be based on a combined evaluation of the candidate’s GPA or previous graduate work, qualifying scores on the MAT or the GRE, results of a writing sample, written recommendations, and a personal interview.
The following requirements are required for admittance: 1. The candidate shall have earned a master of science degree from an accredited college or university. 2. The candidate shall have earned a 3.70 GPA on all previous graduate work. 3. The candidate shall have scored a minimum of 46 on the MAT (prior to October 2004) or a minimum of 400 (after October 2004) or 1000 (combined verbal and quantitative) on the GRE. 4. Each candidate shall submit writing samples for the purpose of assessing the candidate’s ability to meet graduate school standards. 5. Each candidate must be recommended by his/her immediate supervisor (superintendent, principal) or by a professor knowledgeable of the student’s previous academic and/or work experience 6. Each candidate must submit a minimum of two additional references, one of which shall be a peer or professional colleague and the other a person knowledgeable of the candidate’s character. 7. Each candidate will participate in an interview with the cohort mentor team for the purpose of assessing the candidate’s leadership abilities and motivation for graduate work. Admission to the program will be competitive. Decisions will be based on advice from the cohort mentor team and the candidate’s ability to meet admission criteria.
Educational Leadership Core 27 EDLD 731 Educational Policy Development & Analysis: 3 The Political Dimension of Schooling EDLD 732 Foundations of Educational Inquiry 3 EDLD 733 Field-Based Inquiry: 3 Authentic Problems of Practice EDLD 734 Strategic Planning 3 EDLD 735 Ethical Issues in Education: 3 The Moral Dimension of Schooling EDLD 737 Organizational Dynamics: 3 Creating the School of the Future EDLD 739 Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry 3 EDLD 741 Directed Doctoral Study 2 EDLD 743 Seminar in Educational Leadership 1 EDLD 744 The Emerging School Superintendency: 3 The Practice of Paradoxical Leadership Educational Leadership Elective (Take one of the 3 following as determined by the program director) EDLD 738 The Learning Organization 3 EDLD 745 The Art & Practice of Negotiation and 3 Conflict Resolution Total Required Credits 30
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