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EdD and PhD with Principal or Superintendent Licensure

Apply NowFor educators planning to take the next step in their careers, the School of Education offers four doctoral degree pathways with licensure options. The programs enable doctoral students to become exemplary leaders within the field of education. Developed for working professionals, courses are held in a weekend format so you can continue to work full time. 

The rich clinical experiences are central to the program, with multiple hands-on experiences embedded throughout the licensure coursework. Students take two courses each semester and programs can be completed in as little as three years. EdD students have the option of completing a dissertation or a capstone project. Unique to the EdD degree, the capstone project provides an opportunity for the EdD candidate to design and complete a significant summative project that focuses on addressing a problem of practice within the student’s professional community. PhD students are required to complete a dissertation. Coursework for licensure can be completed within two years and students can apply for their license while continuing to complete the requirements for the doctoral degree. Each of the four distinct doctoral degree pathways, with required coursework, are listed here.   

Doctoral Degrees with Principal Licensure

EdD: Doctor of Education with Principal Licensure

This program is a minimum of 54 credit hours.  

Required coursework:  

EdD: Principal Licensure Courses

Course

Credits

EDL 270 - Personal and Professional Assessment Seminar

3

EDL 271 - Leadership and the Profession

3

EDL 272 - Organizational and System Behavior

3

EDL 273 - Instruction and Learning

3

EDL 274 - School and Community in a Diverse Society

3

EDL 275 - Planning, Research, Measurement & Evaluation

3

EDL 276 - Applications of Law, Mandates and Policies

3

EDL 277 - Current Issues in Special Education Administration

3

EDL 278 - Supervising Instruction

3

EDL 279 - Managing Schools

3

EDL 280 - Clinical Experience I

3

EDL 281 - Clinical Experience II

3

EdD: Principal Licensure Additional Required Doctoral Courses

Course

Credits

Doc 306 - Qualitative Research Methods

3

Doc 305 - Quantitative Research Methods

3

Doc 381 - Capstone

OR

Doc 390 - Dissertation Seminar

3

 

EdD: Principal Licensure Capstone or Dissertation

Course

Credits

Doc 388 - Capstone Credits*

OR

Doc 399 - Dissertation Credits*

9

*Students enroll for 1 credit of DOC 388 or DOC 399 each semester until capstone or dissertation is complete.  

 

 

PhD: Doctor of Philosophy with Principal Licensure

This program is a minimum of 63 credit hours. 

Required coursework:   

PhD: Principal Licensure Courses

Course

Credits

EDL 270 - Personal and Professional Assessment Seminar

3

EDL 271 - Leadership and the Profession

3

EDL 272 - Organizational and System Behavior

3

EDL 273 - Instruction and Learning

3

EDL 274 - School and Community in a Diverse Society

3

EDL 275 - Planning, Research, Measurement & Evaluation

3

EDL 276 - Applications of Law, Mandates and Policies

3

EDL 277 - Current Issues in Special Education Administration

3

EDL 278 - Supervising Instruction

3

EDL 279 - Managing Schools

3

EDL 280 - Clinical Experience I

3

EDL 281 - Clinical Experience II

3

PhD: Principal Licensure Additional Required Doctoral Courses

Course

Credits

Doc 301 - Foundations in Doctoral Education

3

Doc 306 - Qualitative Research Methods

3

Doc 305 - Quantitative Research Methods

3

Doc 390 - Dissertation Seminar

3

 

PhD: Principal Licensure Dissertation

Course

Credits

Doc 380 - Apprenticeship

3

Doc 399 - Dissertation Credits*

12

*Students enroll for 1 credit of DOC 399 each semester until dissertation is complete.  

 

Doctoral Degrees with Superintendent Licensure

Students pursuing a doctoral degree with Superintendent Licensure must already hold a principal license.  

EdD: Doctor of Education with Superintendent Licensure

This program is a minimum of 48 credit hours.

Required coursework:  

EdD: Superintendent Licensure Courses

Course

Credits

Doc 302 - Ethics, Diversity, & Leadership

3

EDL 283 - Leading Complex Organizations

3

EDL 291 - Policy, Influence, and Legal Issues

3

EDL 290 - School Resource Management

3

EDL 288 - Human Resource Dynamics

3

EDL 287 - Curriculum and Evaluation

3

EDL 289 - Organization Management

3

EDL 286 - Systems Thinking

3

EDL 292 - Seminar

3

Doc 306 – Qualitative Research Methods

3

EdD: Superintendent Licensure Additional Required Doctoral Courses

Course

Credits

Doc 305 - Quantitative Research Methods

3

Doc 345 - Theory, Research, & Leadership

3

Doc 381 - Capstone Seminar

OR

Doc 390 - Dissertation Seminar

3

 

EdD: Superintendent Licensure Capstone or Dissertation

Course

Credits

Doc 388 - Capstone Credits*

OR

Doc 399 - Dissertation Credits*

9

*Students enroll for 1 credit of DOC 388 or DOC 399 each semester until capstone or dissertation is complete.  

 

PhD: Doctor of Philosophy with Superintendent Licensure

This program is a minimum of 57 credit hours. 

Required coursework:   

PhD: Superintendent Licensure Courses

Course

Credits

Doc 302 - Ethics, Diversity, & Leadership

3

EDL 283 - Leading Complex Organizations

3

EDL 291 - Policy, Influence, and Legal Issues

3

EDL 290 - School Resource Management

3

EDL 288 - Human Resource Dynamics

3

EDL 287 - Curriculum and Evaluation

3

EDL 289 - Organization Management

3

EDL 286 - Systems Thinking

3

EDL 292 - Seminar

3

Doc 306 – Qualitative Research Methods

3

PhD: Superintendent Licensure Additional Required Doctoral Courses

Course

Credits

Doc 301 - Foundations in Doctoral Education

3

Doc 305 - Quantitative Research Methods

3

Doc 390 - Dissertation Seminar

3

 

PhD: Superintendent Licensure Dissertation

Course

Credits

Doc 380 - Apprenticeship

6

Doc 399 - Dissertation Credits*

12

*Students enroll for 1 credit of DOC 399 each semester until dissertation is complete.  

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