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Ed.D.: Doctor of Education in Leadership

Program Courses

First Year

Fall Semester

DOC 350: Advanced Foundations (3-credit hours)
Study of philosophical foundations of education.

DOC 301: Doctoral Seminar (3-credit hours)
First semester of a two-semester study and analysis of practice-based issues. This course will explore the theoretical foundations of social science and practice-based research design with an emphasis on the integration of theory studied in DOC 350 in the research process.

Spring Semester

DOC 306: Qualitative Research Methods (3-credit hours)
Principles of methodology associated with qualitative research in education: critiquing, planning, conducting and writing qualitative research.

DOC 345: Advanced Leadership (3-credit hours)
A study of major theories of leadership and organizational design.

Summer Semester

DOC 396: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (3-credit hours)
The second course in the qualitative (DOC 306) research sequence. Course emphasizes application of fieldwork in qualitative research, culminating in a final qualitative project.

DOC 302: Doctoral Seminar (3-credit hours)
Second semester of a two-semester study and analysis of practice-based issues. This course will explore individual and ethical responsibilities with an emphasis on leadership, multiculturalism and social justice.

Second Year

Fall Semester

DOC 360: Technology and Organizational Leadership (3-credit hours)
Study of what it means to communicate, learn and lead in an age of evolving technology.

DOC 305: Quantitative Research Methods (3-credit hours)
Rationale, application and communication of basic quantitative methods and statistical analyses commonly used in educational research.

Spring Semester

DOC 370: Program Evaluation and Assessment (3-credit hours)
Philosophical, theoretical, methodological and practical components of evaluation and assessment.

DOC 395: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (3-credit hours)
The second course in the quantitative (DOC 305) research sequence. Course emphasizes advanced methods of quantitative research design and statistical analyses.

*COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS*

Summer Semester

DOC 390: Dissertation Seminar (3-credit hours)
The purpose of this seminar is to assist and guide students as they prepare for and write their dissertation proposal.

DOC 399: Dissertation (3-credit hours)
A total of nine credit hours are required for the minimum 42-credit program. Students enroll for 3-credit hours of the required 9-credits hours in this semester. Course credit is not earned until the dissertation is completed and successfully defended.

Third Year

Fall Semester

DOC 399: Dissertation (6-credit hours)
A total of 9-credit hours are required for the minimum 42-credit program. Students enroll for 6-credit hours of the required 9-credits hours in this semester. Course credit is not earned until the dissertation is completed and successfully defended.

Spring Semester (and all additional semesters until completion)

DOC 399: Dissertation (1-credit hour)
Upon completion of the 9-credits of dissertation hours, student who have not finished their dissertation are required to maintain a continuous enrollment of 1-credit hour in each semester (including summers) until the dissertation is completed. Course credit is not earned until the dissertation is completed and successfully defended.

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