Academics

Doctoral Programs

Concordia University Chicago offers the following Doctoral programs in a myriad of formats.

EdD in Early Childhood Education
EdD in Reading, Language and Literacy

EdD or PhD in Leadership with the Following Specializations:
 

Educational Leadership
Higher Education

Organizational Leadership

Sports Leadership

Teacher Leadership

Academic Information

Transfer of Credit

All graduate work beyond the master’s degree satisfactorily completed at a Concordia University System institution may be transferred toward meeting the requirements of the doctoral program to the extent that they satisfy specific course and/or experience requirements or electives for specific doctoral specializations.

Post-master’s work at another regionally accredited institution may be accepted toward doctoral degree programs upon approval of the student’s advisor, program coordinator, and Dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs.

Graduate courses transferred must have a grade of B or better and must have been earned no more than ten years prior to admission to the doctoral program.

Residency

There is no specific residency requirement for the doctoral program. Each student should consult with her/his faculty advisor to decide if a concentrated course of study would best meet the student’s own academic and/or professional needs.

Time Limits

Completion of the doctorate is expected within ten years of the date of entrance into coursework. Extensions on this time limit may be requested by the student through the advisor and are subject to approval by the Dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs.

Applicants for the doctoral program who desire more information regarding specific course requirements, comprehensive examinations, dissertation, etc., should consult the Doctoral Program Handbook.

Comprehensive Examination

Students must have successfully completed at least 42 hours of coursework with a GPA of 3.0, submit the required Intent to Take comprehensive Examination Form (no less than six weeks prior to the examination), and register for the examination. The comprehensive examination is a major step that leads to candidacy in the doctoral program.

Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination the student may apply for doctoral candidacy by submitting the Application for Admission to Candidacy for final approval by the Dean of the College of Graduate and Innnovative Programs. Doctoral candidacy must be achieved before the dissertation process begins.

Dissertation

Students must complete original dissertation research as approved by the dissertation committee. Subject to Higher Learning Commission approval, EdD candiates may conduct research in their place of employment or at external sites; PhD dissertation research samples and participants must go beyond a candidate’s place of employment to include a wider scope of influence and investigation, grounded in a theoretical framework. Please consult the Collegial Cloud in Blackboard for specific procedures related to the dissertation.

Program Procedures for Doctoral Students

1. Communication

All email communication from doctoral students with Concordia University Chicago faculty, program advisors, department chairs, Division staff, dissertation committee members and other University business must be sent from the student’s Concordia University Chicago email address.

2. Program Advisor

Doctoral advising is comprehensive and engages students in thinking about and planning for all elements of the program. Each cohort program has its own program advisor. Students will work directly with the program advisor in consultation with the Division of Research and Doctoral Programs for all procedural issues related to the doctoral program. Specific issues related to academic program requirements, transfer credits or changes in your approved program plan must be directed to the appropriate Concordia-Chicago department chairperson.

3. Satisfactory Progress

All students will be monitored for satisfactory academic progress at the following points: comprehensive examination, dissertation proposal defense and dissertation defense. Students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if the grade point average is 3.0 or higher, all deficiencies have been removed, and appropriate progress is being made toward meeting the standards. Students not making satisfactory progress will be placed on academic probation.

4. Continuous Enrollments

Doctoral students must be registered at all times to maintin continuous enrollment in the Doctoral Program. Students who have completed all required coursework must be enrolled in DISS-7991 until program completion.

Any time a student needs to take a temporary hiatus from coursework of the dissertation, he or she must initiate a Stop Out request. Stop Out status indicates that no coursework is being taken. Doctoral Stop Out eligibility, guidelines, time limits and requirements are available from the student’s program advisor. Stop Outs must be approved by the Dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs.

5. Comprehensive Examination

Application for the exam occurs upon completion of at least 42 hours of coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and in consultation with the Executive Director of the division of Research and Doctoral Programs. Please consult with the program advisor or review the Collegial Cloud in Blackboard for specific procedures related to the comprehensive examination.

6. Doctoral Candidacy

Doctoral candidacy occurs upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination. Students must have candidacy status before the dissertation proposal defense and before enrollment in dissertation hours (DISS-7990).

7. Dissertation

Students must complete original dissertation research as approved by the dissertation committee. Once dissertation work is begun, candidates must be continuously enrolled until program completion. After the completion of the required six semester hours of DISS-7990, candidates enroll in DISS-7991 to maintain continuous enrollment in the program. Please consult the Collegial Cloud in Blackboard for specific procedures related
to the dissertation.

8. Graduation

An “Intent to Graduate” form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar at least one semester prior to the anticipated conferral of the degree.

 

Doctoral Programs – Education

Doctor of Education (EdD)
Early Childhood Specialization (63 hours)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Early Childhood Specialization (69 hours)

The on-campus Doctor of Education degree is offered within Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership-Public School and Educational Leadership-Non-Public School. Coursework toward the Superintendent Endorsement of the State of Illinois may also be taken within the Educational Leadership-Public School specialization.

The Doctorate in Education is offered in partnership with Concordia University, Irvine, California.

Academic Information

Transfer of Credit

All graduate work beyond the master’s degree satisfactorily completed at a Concordia University System institution may be transferred toward meeting the requirements of the doctoral program to the extent that they satisfy specific course and/or experience requirements or electives for specificdoctoral specializations.

Up to 12 semester hours of post-master’s work at another regionally accredited institution may be accepted toward doctoral degree programs upon approval of the student’s advisor and the Dean of the College of Education. Graduate courses transferred must have a grade of B or better and must have been earned no more than seven years prior to admission to the doctoral program. Credits for transfer may not have been applied to a previous degree.

Residency

There is no specific residency requirement for the doctoral program. Each student should consult with her/his faculty advisor to decide if a concentrated course of study would best meet the student’s own academic and/or professional needs.

Time Limits

Completion of the doctorate is expected within seven years of the date of entrance into coursework. Extensions on this time limit may be requested by the student through the advisor and are subject to approval by the Dean of the College of Education.

Applicants for the doctoral program who desire more information regarding specific course requirements, comprehensive examinations, portfolio, dissertation, etc., should consult the Doctoral Program Handbook.

Program Procedures for Doctoral Students

1. Advisor

Students will be assigned a faculty advisor by the Dean of the College of Education. It is recommended strongly that the student meet with his/her advisor before registering for courses to plan for appropriate coursework to be taken. It is important to make frequent contact with the advisor, who will serve as a mentor and assist the student in an orderly progression from enrollment to graduation.

2. Satisfactory Progress

All students will be monitored for satisfactory academic progress at the following points: portfolio checkpoints, comprehensive examination, dissertation proposal defense and dissertation defense. Students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if the grade point average is 3.0 or higher, all deficiencies have been removed, and appropriate progress is being made toward meeting the standards. Students not making satisfactory progress will be placed on academic probation.

3. Comprehensive Examination

Application for the exam occurs upon completion of at least 42 hours of coursework with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5, and in consultation with the faculty advisor. Please consult the Doctoral Program Handbook for specific procedures related to the examination.

4. Doctoral Candidacy

Doctoral candidacy occurs upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination. Students must have candidacy status before the dissertation proposal defense and before enrollment in dissertation hours (DISS-7990).

5. Capstone Experiences

There are two capstone experiences in the doctoral program:
• A written comprehensive exam;
• The dissertation defense.

6. Dissertation

Students must complete dissertation research as approved by the dissertation committee. Once dissertation work is begun, candidates must be continuously enrolled until program completion. After the completion of the required nine semester hours of DISS-7990, candidates enroll in DISS-7991 to maintain continuous enrollment in the program. Please consult the Doctoral Program Handbook for specific procedures related to the dissertation.

7. Graduation

Candidates must apply for a graduation audit at least one semester prior to graduation. This form is available from the College of Education. An “Intent to Graduate” form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar at least one semester prior to the anticipated conferral of the degree. Deadlines for filing for graduation are listed on the “Intent To Graduate” form.

Program Components for the Doctor of Education Degree

(Students may begin their coursework upon acceptance the program.)

Doctoral Program Core (30 hours)

Research and Statistics (9 hours)
EDL-6105 Research Design
EDL-6110 Quantitative Analysis
EDL-6115 Qualitative Analysis

Additional Research requirements for Ph.D. (6 hours)
EDL-7500 Mixed Methods Research

One of the following
EDL-6116 Survey/Instrument Development
EDL-7510 Advanced Topics in Statistics
EDL-7520 Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis

Theology/Philosophy (6 hours)
PHI-7000 Ways of Knowing

Select one
EDL-6300 Ethics of Leadership, or THY-6400 Christian in Society (or other relevant
course approved by advisor
)

Dissertation* (9 hours)
DISS-7990 Dissertation
DISS-7991 Dissertation Supervision (no credit)

Foundation Courses – select two (6 hours)
PSY-7400 Advanced Learning Theories
EDU-7400 History and Culture of Education
EDU-7890 Comprehensive Seminar

*Upon completion of the nine required hours of DISS-7990, candidates must maintain continuous enrollment with DISS-7991 until program completion.

Early Childhood Education Specialization (33 hours)

Select eight courses from a minimum of four of the seven areas (24 hours)

Child Growth and Development
EDU-6130 Play Theory in Child Development and Education
PSY-6500 Cognitive Development: Theory and Implication
SOC-6110 Socialization Process
PES-6400 Psychomotor Development in Early Childhood
THY-6500 Moral, Ethical and Spiritual Development of the Child

Leadership and Advocacy
EDL-6120 Supervision and Improvement of Instruction
EDL-6220 School Organization and Human Resources
EDL-6330 Advocacy of Children’s Rights
EDL-6500 Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
EDL-7210 Policy Formation and Governance
EDU-6190 Practicum in Early Childhood Education Curriculum Implementation and Change
EDL-6130 School Evaluation and Change
EDU-6100 Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Early Childhood Curriculum
EDU-6500 Curriculum Construction
EDU-7100 Curriculum Theory and Design

International and Comparative Education
EDL-6440 History of Western Education
EDU-6170 International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education
EDU-6410 Comparative Education Collaboration, Interagency and Interdisciplinary Relationships
EDL-6220 School Organization and Human Resources
EDL-6310 Schools, Parents and Community Relations
EDU-6160 Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education
SOC-6300 Contemporary Family Patterns
SOW-6200 Interagency and Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Methodology and Appropriate Practices
EDU-6115 Infant and Toddler Program
EDU-6120 Kindergarten Programming
EDU-6140 Resources and Strategies for Teaching Early Childhood Education
EDU-6200 Beginning Reading Instruction
EDU-6205 Language and Reading Theory
EDU-6285 Seminar in Emergent Reading and Writing
EDU-6310 Thematic Approaches to Children’s Literature

Assessment and Special Needs of Young Children
EDL-6250 Special Education Law and Policy
EDU-6105 Observation and Assessment of Young Children
PSY-6025 Assessment Techniques
PSY-6115 Counseling through the Expressive Arts
SOW-6210 Specialized Services for Exceptional Children

Required Courses
Field Experiences Requirements
(both courses required).
Generally, these courses are taken toward the end of the doctoral course of study.

EDU-7180 Field Work in Early Childhood Education
EDU-7185 Field Work in Early Childhood Leadership

Evaluation Research Requirements (select one)
EDL-6130 School Evaluation and Change Processes
SOC-6100 Methods of Evaluation Research

Portfolio

Portfolio preparation is infused throughout the program and is designed as an assessment of student progress toward meeting the professional standards appropriate to their specialization. Please consult the Doctoral Program Handbook for specific procedures related to the portfolio.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination is a major step that leads to candidacy in the doctoral program. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination leads to doctoral candidacy. Please consult the Doctoral Program Handbook for specific procedures related to the comprehensive examination.

Dissertation

Students must complete dissertation research as approved by the dissertation committee. Once dissertation work is begun, candidates much be continuously enrolled until program completion. After the completion of the required six semesters hours of DISS-7990, candidates enroll in DISS-7991 to maintain continuous enrollment in the program. Please consult the Doctoral Program Handbook for specific procedures related to the dissertation.

 

Doctor of Education (EdD) in Early Childhood Education (63 hours)

Concordia University Chicago offers a doctor of education (EdD) in early childhood education. The degree is built upon the candidate’s prior work in the field. The program provides a theoretical and practical framework for advanced work and leadership in the field of early childhood with an emphasis on current research.

Recent graduates of the program have become early childhood leaders in universities, multisite programs, educational planning, and governance and management. The coursework provides the opportunity to receive a high-quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as an accomplished early childhood educator, administrator, policy and advocacy specialist, early childhood educator and researcher, or other leadership roles.

Doctoral Program Core (30 hours)

Research and Statistics (11 hours)
RES-7900: Research Design
RES-7610: Quantitative Analysis
RES-7700: Qualitative Analysis

Theology/Philosophy (6 hours)
PHI-7000 Ways of Knowing

Select one.
EDL-6300 Ethics of Leadership
THY-6400 Christian in Society
(or other relevant course approved by advisor)

Dissertation* (9 hours)
COMP-7990: Comprehensive Exam
DISS-7990: Dissertation (enroll 2 times at 3 hours each)
DISS-7991: Dissertation Supervision
(no credit, billed as 1 credit hour supervision fee)
Upon completion of the six required hours of DISS-7990, candidates must maintain continuous enrollment with DISS-7991 until program completion.

Foundation Courses – select two (6 hours)
PSY-7400 Advanced Learning Theories
EDU-7400 History and Culture of Education
EDU-7890 Comprehensive Seminar

Early Childhood Education Specialization (33 hours) 

Select eight courses from a minimum of four of the seven areas (24 hours)

Child Growth and Development
EDU-6130 Play Theory in Child Development and Education
PES-6400 Psychomotor Development in Early Childhood
PSY-6500 Cognitive Development: Theory and Implication
SOC-6110 Socialization Process
THY-6500 Moral, Ethical, and Spiritual  Development of the Child

Leadership and Advocacy
EDL-6120 Supervision and Improvement of Instruction
EDL-6220 School Organization and Human Resources
EDL-6330 Advocacy of Children’s Rights
EDL-6500 Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
EDL-7210 Policy Formation and Governance
EDU-6190 Practicum in Early Childhood Education

Curriculum Implementation and Change
EDL-6130 School Evaluation and Change
EDU-6100 Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Early Childhood Curriculum
EDU-6500 Curriculum Construction
EDU-7100 Curriculum Theory and Design

International and Comparative Education
EDL-6440 History of Western Education
EDU-6170 International Perspectives on

Early Childhood Education
EDU-6410 Comparative Education

Collaboration, Interagency and Interdisciplinary Relationships
EDL-6220 School Organization and Human Resources
EDL-6310 Schools, Parents and Community Relations
EDU-6160 Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education
SOC-6300 Contemporary Family Patterns
SOW-6200 Interagency and Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Methodology and Appropriate Practices
EDU-6115 Infant and Toddler Program
EDU-6120 Kindergarten Programming
EDU-6140 Resources and Strategies for Teaching

Early Childhood Education
EDU-6200 Beginning Reading Instruction
EDU-6205 Language and Reading Theory
EDU-6285 Seminar in Emergent Reading and Writing
EDU-6310 Thematic Approaches to Children’s Literature

Assessment and Special Needs of Young Children
EDL-6250 Special Education Law and Policy
EDU-6105 Observation and Assessment of Young Children
PSY-6025 Assessment Techniques
PSY-6115 Counseling through the Expressive Arts
SOW-6210 Specialized Services for Exceptional Children

Additional Required Courses (9 hours)

Field Experiences Requirements

Generally, these courses are taken toward the end of the doctoral course of study.
EDU-7180 Field Work in Early Childhood Education
EDU-7185 Field Work in Early Childhood Leadership

Evaluation Research Requirements

Select one.
EDL-6130 School Evaluation and Change Processes
SOC-6100 Methods of Evaluation Research

 

Doctor of Education (EdD) in Reading, Language and Literacy (61-62 hours)

Concordia University Chicago’s doctoral program in reading education provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment within an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high quality educational program that encourages
the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach.

Doctoral Program Core (31-32 hours)

Foundations/Policy/Ethics (12 hours)
EDL-7140 Organizational Change
FPR-7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
FPR-7400/EDL-7210 Policy Analysis

Choose one.
EDL-7300 Ethics for Educational Leadership
SPML-6030 Sports Leadership & Ethics
OLDR-6820 Leadership, Politics, Power, & Applied Ethics

Research (10-11 hours)
FPR-7900 Research Design (4 hours)

Select two.
RES-7600 Survey Research (3 hours)
RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis (4 hours)
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis (3 hours)
RES-7810 Methods of Action Research Inquiry (3 hours)

Dissertation (9 hours)
DISS-7990 Comprehensive Exam (3 hours)
DISS-7990 Dissertation (enroll 2 times at 3 hours each)
DISS-7991 Dissertation Supervision (no credit, billed as one credit hour supervision fee)

Upon completion of the six required hours of DISS-7990, candidates must maintain continuous enrollment with DISS-7991 until program completion.

Reading, Language, and Literacy Core (30 hours)
RLL-7000 Trends and Issues in Literacy Research
RLL-7010 Instructional Approaches Related to Reading,

Writing & Language
RLL-7020 Development and Evaluation of Literacy Programs
RLL-7030 Policy and Politics of Reading, Language, and Literacy
RLL-7040 Cultural and Socioeconomic Perspectives of Literature and Literacy
RLL-7050 New Literacies and Multiliteracies in Education
RLL-7060 Internship in Reading, Language, and Literacy

Taken over 2 semesters, 6 credits total
RLL-7200 Literacy Supervision, Leadership, and Coaching
RLL-7310 Writing is Recorded Thinking: Research, Theory, and Application

Doctor of Education (EdD) or Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership:
Educational Leadership
(60-61 hours)

This doctoral program prepares candidates for public or non-public district-wide administrative responsibilities. The program is designed to help the doctoral candidate:

• promote the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning which
supports the learning process

• develop advanced skills in management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environments in schools and the district

• collaborate with staff, boards of education, students, families and community members in response to diverse educational and community interests and needs as well as mobilize community resources

• demonstrate integrity, fairness and ethical behavior to support and advance the development of a moral
educational community

• understand and respond to the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts.

Doctoral Program Core (31-32 hours)

Foundations/Policy/Ethics (12 hours)
EDL-7140 Organizational Change

Choose One.
FPR-7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
FPR-7300 The Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
FPR-7400/EDL-7210 Policy Analysis

Choose one.
EDL-7300 Ethics for Educational Leadership
SPML-6030 Sports Leadership & Ethics
OLDR-6820 Leadership, Politics, Power, & Applied Ethics

Research for EdD Track(10-11 hours)
FPR-7900 Research Design (4 hours)

Select two.
RES-7600 Survey Research (3 hours)
RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis (4 hours)
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis (3 hours)
RES-7810 Methods of Action Research Inquiry (3 hours)

Research for PhD Track (17 hours)
RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis
RES-7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES-7900 Research Design

Pick One.
RES-7600 Survey Research
RES-7620 Advanced Topics in Statistics
RES-7710 Advanced Qualitative Analysis

Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation (7-9 hours)

Choose One.
COMP-7990 Comprehensive Exam (3)
COMP-7991 Comprehensive Exam (2)
COMP-7992 Comprehensive Exam (1)
DISS-7990 Dissertation (enroll 2 times)
DISS-7991 Dissertation Supervision (no credit)

Upon completion of the six required hours of DISS-7990, candidates must maintain continuous enrollment with DISS-7991 until program completion.

Educational Leadership Specialization (30 hours)
EDL-6310 Schools, Parents, Community Relations
EDL-7100 The Superintendency
EDL-7110 Strategies of Educational Leadership
EDL-7120 Research-Based Decision Making
EDL-7220 Human Resource Administration and Bargaining
EDL-7230 Educational Finance
EDL-7240 Supervisory Theory and Practice
EDL-7250 Legal Issues for School Districts
EDL-7260 School/District Improvement Using Data Analysis

Choose One.
EDL-7891 Internship: Superintendent (for candidate seeking superintendent endorsement)
EDL-7892 Clinical Experience

Doctor of Education (EdD) or Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership:
Higher Education
(60-61 hours)

The specialization in higher education leadership is designed for graduate students who would like to continue their careers as leaders, administrators, and educators in higher education. Offered as a specialization within the EdD program in Leadership, the higher education specialization focuses on the administration of colleges, universities and other post-secondary institutions, and the policies, practices and issues connected to these institutions, and the cultures and systems in which they operate.

This specialization program encourages students to draw upon and build on knowledge and experiences related to their professional work, while also requiring students to develop strong research skills and a familiarity with evidence-based decision-making. While grounded in topics related to higher education systems in the United States, this emphasis also provides opportunities to explore the internationalization and globalization of
higher education.

Doctoral Program Core (31-32 hours)

Foundations/Policy/Ethics (12 hours)
EDL-7140 Organizational Change

Choose One.
FPR-7011 Philosophical and Theoretical

Foundations of Leadership
FPR-7300 The Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
FPR-7400/EDL-7210 Policy Analysis

Choose one.
EDL-7300 Ethics for Educational Leadership
SPML-6030 Sports Leadership & Ethics

OLDR-6820 Leadership, Politics, Power, & Applied Ethics

Research for EdD Track(10-11 hours)
FPR-7900 Research Design (4 hours)

Select two.
RES-7600 Survey Research (3 hours)

RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis (4 hours)
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis (3 hours)

RES-7810 Methods of Action Research Inquiry (3 hours)

Research for PhD Track (17 hours)
RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis

RES-7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES-7900 Research Design

Pick One.
RES-7600 Survey Research
RES-7620 Advanced Topics in Statistics

RES-7710 Advanced Qualitative Analysis

Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation (9 hours)

COMP-7990 Comprehensive Exam
DISS-7990 Dissertation (enroll 2 times)
DISS-7991 Dissertation Supervision (no credit)

Upon completion of the six required hours of DISS-7990,
candidates must maintain continuous enrollment with DISS-7991 until program completion.

Higher Education Specialization (30 hours)
EDL-7120 Research-Based Decision Making
HLDR-6800 Law and Higher Education

HLDR-6810 Institutional Advancement
HLDR-6820 Historical and Society Issues in Higher Education

HLDR-6830 Governance and Leadership in Higher Education
HLDR-6840 Fiscal and Social Responsibility in Higher Education

Choose Four.
* LDR-6010 Pursuit of Leadership Excellence
* LDR-6020 Critical Issues in Leadership

* LDR-6030 Leadership Theories and Professional Practice
* LDR-7010 Developing Human Capital

* LDR-7020 Leading the Knowledge Enterprise
* LDR-7030 Promoting and Leading Change

* LDR-7040 Leading a Learning Organization
* LDR-7050 Strategic Forecasting

Doctor of Education (EdD) or Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership:
Organizational Leadership
(60-61 hours)

The organizational leadership specialization curriculum is both strategically focused and innovative, aligning contemporary leadership theory with today’s best leadership practices. The course work offers students the opportunity to identify and achieve personal learning objectives and professional goals as well as the opportunity to make immediate and significant contributions to their organizations.

Offered as a specialization within the EdD/PhD program in leadership, the organizational leadership specialization will develop scholar practitioners who will grow their organizations by incorporating various methods of strategic planning and forecasting, innovative change initiatives, organizational diagnostic strategies, and purposeful reform interventions.

Doctoral Program Core (31-32 hours)

Foundations/Policy/Ethics (12 hours)
EDL-7140 Organizational Change
FPR-7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
FPR-7400/EDL-7210 Policy Analysis

Choose one.
EDL-7300 Ethics for Educational Leadership
SPML-6030 Sports Leadership & Ethics
OLDR-6820 Leadership, Politics, Power, & Applied Ethics

Research for EdD Track(10-11 hours)
FPR-7900 Research Design (4 hours)

Select two.
RES-7600 Survey Research (3 hours)
RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis (4 hours)
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis (3 hours)
RES-7810 Methods of Action Research Inquiry (3 hours)

Research for PhD Track (17 hours)
RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis
RES-7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES-7900 Research Design

Pick One.
RES-7600 Survey Research
RES-7620 Advanced Topics in Statistics
RES-7710 Advanced Qualitative Analysis

Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation (9 hours)
COMP-7990 Comprehensive Exam
DISS-7990 Dissertation (enroll 2 times)
DISS-7991 Dissertation Supervision (no credit)

Upon completion of the six required hours of DISS-7990, candidates must maintain continuous enrollment with DISS-7991 until program completion.

Organizational Leadership Specialization (30 hours)
EDL-7120 Research-Based Decision Making
OLDR-6800 The Leader as Trainer, Mentor and Coach
OLDR-6810 Leader Development: Cultivating, Sustaining and Renewing the Organization
OLDR-6830 Organizational Communication and Decision Making
OLDR-6840 Leaders as Agents of Change

Choose Five.
LDR-6010 Pursuit of Leadership Excellence
LDR-6020 Critical Issues in Leadership
LDR-6030 Leadership Theories and Professional Practice
LDR-7010 Developing Human Capital
LDR-7020 Leading the Knowledge Enterprise
LDR-7030 Promoting and Leading Change
LDR-7040 Leading a Learning Organization
LDR-7050 Strategic Forecasting

 

Doctor of Education (EdD) or Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership:
Sports Leadership
(60-61 hours)

The sports leadership specialization curriculum provides professional preparation for management and leadership
positions with professional sports teams, intercollegiate and intramural athletics and recreation programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities and amateur athletic organizations.

Offered as a specialization within the EdD/PhD program in leadership, the sports leadership specialization provides profession preparation for careers in private and public health and fitness clubs, corporate fitness and wellness programs, sports stadiums and arenas, and the sports marketing, management and
communications firms that service the larger marketplace.

Doctoral Program Core (31-32 hours)

Foundations/Policy/Ethics (12 hours)
EDL-7140 Organizational Change
FPR-7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
FPR-7400/EDL-7210 Policy Analysis

Choose one.
EDL-7300 Ethics for Educational Leadership
SPML-6030 Sports Leadership & Ethics
OLDR-6820 Leadership, Politics, Power, & Applied Ethics

Research for EdD Track(10-11 hours)
FPR-7900 Research Design (4 hours)

Select two.
RES-7600 Survey Research (3 hours)
RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis (4 hours)
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis (3 hours)
RES-7810 Methods of Action Research Inquiry(3 hours)

Research for PhD Track (17 hours)
RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis
RES-7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES-7900 Research Design

Pick One.
RES-7600 Survey Research
RES-7620 Advanced Topics in Statistics
RES-7710 Advanced Qualitative Analysis

Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation (9 hours)
COMP-7990 Comprehensive Exam
DISS-7990 Dissertation (enroll 2 times)
DISS-7991 Dissertation Supervision (no credit)

Upon completion of the six required hours of DISS-7990, candidates must maintain continuous enrollment with DISS-7991 until program completion.

Sports Leadership Specialization (30 hours)
EDL-7120 Research-Based Decision Making
SPML-6090 Sports Administration

Choose Four.
SPML-6010: Essentials of Law
SPML-6020: Economics of Sports
SPML-6040: Sports Finance
SPML-6050: Leading in a Time of Change
SPML-6060: Leveling the Playing Field
SPML-6070: Sports Promotion
SPML-6110: Facilities and Events Management
SPML-6120: Dynamics of Coaching
SPML-6130: Social and Historical Foundations of Sports

Choose Four.
LDR-6010 Pursuit of Leadership Excellence
LDR-6020 Critical Issues in Leadership
LDR-6030 Leadership Theories and Professional Practice
LDR-7010 Developing Human Capital
LDR-7020 Leading the Knowledge Enterprise
LDR-7030 Promoting and Leading Change
LDR-7040 Leading a Learning Organization
LDR-7050 Strategic Forecasting

Doctor of Education (EdD) or Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership:
Teacher Leadership
(60-61 hours)

The doctoral program in teacher leadership is designed for graduate students who would like to continue their careers as facilitators, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, coordinators of district initiatives, trainers, and building- and district-level teacher leaders in various educational settings. The teacher leadership doctoral program focuses on the fostering instructional improvement for increased student achievement, promoting teacher and staff development and growth, organizational change and school cultures, and outreach to families and communities.

This doctoral program encourages students to draw upon and build on knowledge and experiences related to their professional work, while also requiring students to develop strong research skills and a familiarity with data, school and instructional improvement, adult growth and development, and evidence-based decision-making. While grounded in topics related to teacher leadership, this program also provides opportunities to explore teacher and instructional leadership in various education settings:  preK-12 education, non-profit organizations,
corporations and agencies.

Doctoral Program Core (31-32 hours)

Foundations/Policy/Ethics (12 hours)
EDL-7140 Organizational Change
FPR-7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
FPR-7400/EDL-7210 Policy Analysis

Choose one.
EDL-7300 Ethics for Educational Leadership
SPML-6030 Sports Leadership & Ethics
OLDR-6820 Leadership, Politics, Power, & Applied Ethics

Research for EdD Track(10-11 hours)
FPR-7900 Research Design (4 hours)

Select two.
RES-7600 Survey Research (3 hours)
RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis (4 hours)
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis (3 hours)
RES-7810 Methods of Action Research Inquiry (3 hours)

Research for PhD Track (17 hours)
RES-7610 Quantitative Analysis
RES-7700 Qualitative Analysis
RES-7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES-7900 Research Design

Pick One.
RES-7600 Survey Research
RES-7620 Advanced Topics in Statistics
RES-7710 Advanced Qualitative Analysis

Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation (9 hours)
COMP-7990 Comprehensive Exam
DISS-7990 Dissertation (enroll 2 times)
DISS-7991 Dissertation Supervision (no credit)

Upon completion of the six required hours of DISS-7990, candidates must maintain continuous enrollment with DISS-7991 until program completion.

Teacher Leadership Specialization (30 hours)

EDL-6240 Instructional Leadership
EDL-6715 Providing Instructional Support
EDL-6720 Influencing the School Culture
EDL-6725 Building Collaborative Relationships
EDL-6775 Leading School-Based Professional Learning Communities
EDL-7120 Research-Based Decision Making
EDU-6380 Assessment, Evaluation, and Data-driven Decision Making
EDU-6450 Adult Learning
EDU-7XXX Instructional Coaching for Effective Teaching
EDU-7100 Curriculum Theory and Design