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College of Education

Course Requirements

There are three paths to the Ed.D. with a concentration in Education Systems Improvement: you can have an Ed.S., a graduate certificate in Higher Education Leadership, or a master's degree. Each path has different course requirements, described below.

 

Please Note:
  • You should take your concentration courses with your cohort, as dissertation project information is introduced in these courses sequentially.

  • All hours in the charts below are the minimum required hours. Your advisor may suggest you take additional courses.

 

Post-Ed.S.: 39 hours

When you enter the program with an Ed.S. for Superintendency, your advisor will review your transcripts to determine the courses and credit hours you need to complete the Ed.D. program, but you will need to complete a minimum of 39 hours in the Ed.D.

Students entering with an Ed.S. will typically take:

  • 9 hours from the Core (EDCS 720, EDCS 820, and EDET 709)
  • 9 hours in the concentration
  • 9 hours in research
  • 12 hours of dissertation preparation.

All hours referenced above and in the chart below are the minimum required hours. Your advisor may suggest you take additional courses.

 

  • EDCS 720 - Introduction to Diversity and the Curriculum
  • EDCS 820 - Advanced Study of Diversity and Curriculum
  • EDET 709 - Applications of Learning Principles
  • EDLP 730 - Org. Theory and System Design
  • EDLP 732 - Data Informed Decision Making
  • EDLP 737 - Transformative/Anti-racist Leadership

Optional Additional Class(es):

  • EDLP 731 - Social-Cultural Contexts of Education (Cohort 1)
  • EDLP 733 - History of Education Reform
  • EDLP 736 - Ethics of Educational Leadership
  • EDLP 735 - Economics of Education
None

Required:

  • EDLP 734 - Action Research and Improvement Science
  • EDRM 801 - Principles and Applications of Educational Research

 

Required:

  • EDRM 736 - Program Evaluation

-OR-

  • EDFI 834 - Participatory Action Research

 

Optional:

  • EDRM 710 - Educational Statistics I
  • EDRM 711 - Educational Statistics II

The hours listed are the minimum required hours for dissertation preparation. Your advisor may suggest you take additional hours.


Post-Graduate Certificate: 45 hours

When you enter with a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership, your advisor will review your transcripts to determine the courses and credit hours you need to complete the Ed.D. program. You must complete a minimum of 45 hours in the Ed.D.

Students entering with a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership will typically take:

  • 12 hours from the Core (EDCS 720, EDCS 820, EDET 709, and EDLP 755)
  • 9 hours in the concentration
  • 12 hours in research
  • 12 hours of dissertation preparation.

All hours referenced above and in the chart below are the minimum required hours. Your advisor may suggest you take additional courses.

 

  • EDCS 720 - Introduction to Diversity and the Curriculum
  • EDCS 820 - Advanced Study of Diversity and Curriculum
  • EDET 709 - Applications of Learning Principles
  • EDLP 755 - Educational Policy Analysis
  • EDLP 730 - Org. Theory and System Design
  • EDLP 732 - Data Informed Decision Making
  • EDLP 737 - Transformative/Anti-racist Leadership

Optional Additional Class(es)

  • EDLP 731 - Social-Cultural Contexts of Education (Cohort 1)
  • EDLP 733 - History of Education Reform
  • EDLP 735 - Economics of Education
  • EDLP 736 - Ethics of Educational Leadership

None

Required:

  • EDLP 734 - Action Research and Improvement Science
  • EDRM 801 - Principles and Applications of Educational Research

Required:

  • EDRM 736 - Program Evaluation

-OR-

  • EDFI 834 - Participatory Action Research

Required:

  • EDRM 710 - Educational Statistics I

-OR-

  • EDRM 711 - Educational Statistics II

The hours listed are the minimum required hours for dissertation preparation. Your advisor may suggest you take additional courses.

 

Post-Master's: 60 hours

When you enter the program with a master’s degree and no other credentials, you will need to complete a minimum of 60 hours in the Ed.D. Your advisor will review your transcripts to determine the courses and credit hours you need to complete the program. 
Students entering with a master’s degree typically take:

  • 12 hours in the Core 
  • 15 hours in the concentration
  • 9 hours in the cognate
  • 12 hours in research
  • 12 hours of dissertation preparation
     

All hours in the chart below are the minimum required hours. Your advisor may suggest you take additional courses.

  • EDCS 720 - Introduction to Diversity and the Curriculum
  • EDCS 820 - Advanced Study of Diversity and Curriculum
  • EDET 709 - Applications of Learning Principles
  • EDLP 755 - Educational Policy Analysis
  • EDLP 730 - Org. Theory and System Design
  • EDLP 732 - Data Informed Decision Making
  • EDLP 737 - Transformative/Anti-racist Leadership
  • EDLP 735 - Economics of Education
  • EDLP 736 - Ethics of Educational Leadership

Optional Additonal Class(es):

  • EDLP 731 - Social-Cultural Contexts of Education (Cohort 1)
  • EDLP 733 - History of Education Reform

PK-12 Courses

Choose 3 out of the following 4 courses:

  • EDCS 729 - Organizational Change in Education
  • EDLP 751 - Advanced School Law
  • EDLP 754 - Advanced Educational Finance
  • EDLP 753 - Advanced Methods of Instructional Supervision

Higher Education Courses

  • EDHE 736 - Financial Aspects of Higher Education
  • EDHE 737 - Legal Aspects of Higher Education
  • EDHE 835 - Leadership in Higher Education

Required:

  • EDLP 734 - Action Research and Improvement Science
  • EDRM 801 - Principles and Applications of Educational Research
  • EDRM 736 - Program Evaluation
  • EDFI 834 - Participatory Action Research

Optional:

  • EDRM 710 - Educational Statistics I
  • EDRM 711 - Educational Statistics II
The hours listed are the minimum required hours for dissertation preparation. Your advisor may suggest you take additional courses.

 


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