Foundations (9 credits)
Instructional Leadership (12 credits)
*EDU 7xxx Seminar: Trend and Research in Global Education (3)
Research and Dissertation (33 credits)
*EDU 7107 Program Evaluation (3)
These courses are to be decided by the program advisor and approved by the director of doctoral studies. They may be comprised of the following:
The thre e classes that are prerequisites to certain requirements for the doctoral degree are as follows:
EDU 6975 Interpreting and Applying Educational Research I
For non-education majors, three additional courses may be required:
EDU 6524 Approaches to Curriculum Design
LEADERSHIP COLLOQUIUM AND COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS
After approximately one year of coursework (24 credits), students may register for the leadership colloquium (EDU 7990). This requires the student to write a scholarly paper and present that paper in a formal setting to the educational community. Graduate faculty of the School of Education conduct the evaluation of the scholarship and colloquium. The leadership colloquium must be taken before the student can take the comprehensive exams.
Upon completion of all courses, the student must pass written comprehensive examinations. These examinations will cover the foundations, professional and research components of the core, and the student’s area of specialization. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination advances the student to the doctoral candidacy.
The doctoral dissertation is the culminating experience in the doctor of education degree. It is a scholarly inquiry into an area of professional and intellectual interest, and it is a highly individualized experience.
Working with faculty throughout the coursework and with a dissertation advisor, the student develops a research question and proposal. Using the expertise and knowledge developed in the research core courses (EDU 7972, 7973, 7974) and under the direction of a faculty dissertation advisor and committee, the student conducts the research and produces a quality report of the findings. As a final demonstration of scholarly competence, the student conducts an oral presentation and defense of the research.
While it is expected that the dissertation will follow standard accepted research methodologies and format, the topic of the research may vary depending on the professional goals and area of specialization of the student and the expertise of the faculty.