Doctor of Education (DEd) in Educational Leadership

Our Doctorate of Education (DEd) program produces translational and transformational education leaders who are equipped to apply data-driven evidence that promotes equitable outcomes and address opportunity gaps for students, schools, and education systems to:

  • Raise the most pressing problems of practice in the service of ensuring equitable outcomes and eliminating disparities for students
  • Identify, analyze, and synthesize all relevant sources of evidence in making decisions that serve the best interests of students and school 
  • Communicate and integrate the best available research evidence with knowledge and expertise of professional educators in the field aligned with specific community needs and assets
  • Take targeted, evidence-based actions that change systems to better meet the needs of all students

Our DEd program blends real-time interaction with faculty and students with online content that enable faculty and students to present and collaborate virtually using the Zoom application for classroom instruction, and our Canvas application for course assignments and interactions.

This approach allows faculty and students to have e-meetings, share documents and other media-rich content, hold running polls, and establish virtual break-out groups.

Educational Leadership DEd Program Manual


Doctor of Education Program Requirements

The program requires 81 credits completed over three years, with the first two years consisting of a prescribed sequence of coursework:

  • Year 1: Students understand better the contextual factors that relate to a variety of outcomes for students, teachers, families, classrooms, schools, districts, and the state.
  • Year 2: Students develop skills to improve schools and school systems through the application of data.

The combined emphasis in the first two years on methodology, writing, and content (policy, leadership, and equity) provides the broad basis for conducting a dissertation study in year 3 of the program that addresses a problem of practice in the field.

TitleCREDITS
Core Methods21
Seminars and Institutes6
Writing and Communication15
Content, policy, leadership, equity21
Dissertation18

Three-Year Degree Plan

First Year — Total Credits: 31

Summer Term — Total Credits: 4

TitleCREDITS
EDUC 612 Social Science Research Design*3
EDLD 647 Professional Issues in Education I
2 Day Course: Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems
1

Fall Term — Total Credits: 9

TitleCREDITS
EDLD 663 Measurement in Research3
EDLD 696 Professional Writing I: Foundations in Professional Writing3
EDLD 632 Education Policy Analysis
Competency: Policy Brief
3

Winter Term — Total Credits: 9

TitleCREDITS
EDUC 614 Educational Statistics*3
EDLD 697 Professional Writing II: Organization3
EDLD 624 – Leading for Equity
Competency: Equity Stance
3

Spring Term — Total Credits: 9

TitleCREDITS
EDUC 640 Applied Statistical Design & Analysis^3
EDLD 698 Professional Writing III: Literature Review3
EDLD 631 Meeting the Needs of English Learners3

Second Year — Total Credits: 29

Summer Term — Total Credits: 2

TitleCREDITS
EDLD 648 Professional Issues in Education II*
2–3 Day Course: Dissertation Process, Pre-Proposal Expectations
2

Fall Term — Total Credits: 9

TitleCREDITS
EDLD 625 Survey and Questionnaire Design3
EDLD 643 Evidence-based Decision Making3
EDLD 638 Advanced School Law3

Winter Term — Total Credits: 9

TitleCREDITS
EDUC 620 Program Evaluation I3
EDLD 692 Res Writing: Methods*3
EDLD 644 Learning Organizations3

Spring Term — Total Credits: 9

TitleCREDITS
EDUC 621 Program Evaluation II3
EDLD 699 Dissertation Apprenticeship*3
EDLD 623 Cultural Adaptation of Evidence-Based Practices3

Third Year — Total Credits: 21

Fall Term — Total Credits: 9

TitleCREDITS
EDLD 694 Dissertation Proposal Preparation3
EDLD 603 Dissertation6

Winter Term — Total Credits: 6

TitleCREDITS
EDLD 603 Dissertation6

Spring Term — Total Credits: 6

TitleCREDITS
EDLD 603 Dissertation6