2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

Ph.D. in Educational Studies: Educational Leadership Specialization 45 Credits

Educational leadership involves creative intelligence, an understanding of the disciplines that influence education, systems thinking, strategic planning, cultural responsiveness, trust building, and facilitation of collaborative efforts. The educational leadership specialization is designed to develop educational leaders with the knowledge and skills to initiate, facilitate, support, and sustain school- or district-wide improvement of teaching, learning, and leading, and the conditions in which they occur. The program, which is designed to accommodate the lives of working professionals, invites applications from both traditional leaders (such as superintendents or assistant superintendents, directors, principals) and those who may not serve in a strictly administrative role (such as instructional coaches, department heads, or any teacher facilitating change).

Students meet as a cohort in three nine-day summer residencies and attend online classes over the three-year duration of the program. Program faculty are committed to promoting a scholarly and collegial community that informs and sustains both the academic work and professional responsibilities of cohort members.

Program Prerequisite: Master's degree or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

Required Courses (45 credits):

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Year I (18 credits)

EAGSR 8102Interdisciplinary Seminar I

3

EAGSR 8108The Purposes of School in a Democratic Society

3

EAGSR 7121Technology for Innovation and Transformation

3

EAGSR 8107Critical Contexts for School Leaders

3

EAGSR 7101Quantitative Research Methods I: Statistics for Research

3

EAGSR 7004Adult Learning and Development

3

EAGSR 9151Doctoral Study

N/A

EAGSR 9151: taken fall and spring semesters

Year II (18 credits)

EAGSR 8109Schools as Systems

3

EAGSR 7115Building Communities of Practice

3

EAGSR 7103Qualitative Research Methods I

3

EAGSR 8110Change is a Process

3

EAGSR 8104Interdisciplinary Seminar II

3

EAGSR 7104Qualitative Research Methods II

3

EAGSR 9151Doctoral Study

N/A

EAGSR 9151: taken fall and spring semesters

After successfully completing a qualifying paper, a student is advanced to Year III.

Year III (9 credits)

EAGSR 8112Ph.D. Dissertation Seminar

3

EAGSR 7502Doctoral Seminar II

3

EAGSR 8501Doctoral Seminar III

3

EAGSR 9151Doctoral Study

N/A

EAGSR 9151: taken fall and spring semesters