(90 quarter credits, post-M.S./M.A. degree; 135 quarter credits post-B.A./B.S.)
Foundations (9 credits)
EDU 6085 Moral Issues in Education (3)
EDU 6120 American Education: Past and Present (3)
EDU 7910 Seminar in Educational Values (3)
Instructional Leadership (9 credits)
*EDU 7101 Instructional Theory (3)
*EDU 7102 Curriculum Design (3)
*EDU 7990 Leadership Colloquium (3)
Research and Dissertation (33 credits)
(Prerequisites: Interpreting and Applying Educational Research I and Interpreting and Applying Educational Research II)
EDU 7107 Program Evaluation (3)
*EDU 7972 Research Design and Analysis I (3)
*EDU 7973 Research Design and Analysis II (3)
*EDU 7974 Research Design and Analysis III (3)
*EDU 7991 Dissertation Orientation (1)
*EDU 7995 Dissertation (20)
Specialization/Electives (39 credits)
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 three classes that are prerequisites to certain requirements for the doctoral degree are as follows:
EDU 6975 Interpreting and Applying Educational Research I
EDU 6976 Interpreting and Applying Educational Research II
EDU 6655 Human Development and Principles of Learning
For non-education majors, three additional courses may be required:
EDU 6524 Approaches to Curriculum Design
EDU 6526 Survey of Instructional Strategies
EDU 6613 Standard Based Assessment
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.