Ed.D.: Educational Leadership/Special Education Director

College of Education Doctoral Study

This area of intensive study in education administration prepares personnel for leadership positions in PK-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, and other educational services or settings. Typical positions held by educators with the terminal degree focused on educational leadership include: principals, superintendents, school district central office administrators, professors of educational leadership, special education directors at the Area Education Agency level or Department of Education administrators and consultants. Students interested in special education administration will apply for admission through Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education.

 


Coordinator:

Dr. Victoria Robinson

 

Phone: (319) 273-2605
Email: victoria.robinson@uni.edu

 


 

Please Note:

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is REQUIRED for admission
  • Candidates must have master's level education research methods and statistics coursework prior to beginning professional core classes for this program: MEASRES 6205 (250:205) or HPELS 6290 (440:290) or Equivalent, AND a substantial introduction to statistics course: MEASRES 4180/5180 or HPELS 6210 (440:210) or Equivalent
  • This program requires 60 semester hours beyond a Master's degree
  • Comprehensive requirements and idssertation are required for completion

 


 

Graduate College Applications Due February 1


Educational Leadership/Special Education Director ISA Requirements:

This intensive study area is available in two tracks:  The Superintendency/Principalship track and the Special Education Director track.  

 Superintendency/Principalship Track

  1. Professional Common Core 27 hrs     

  2. Advanced Professional Studies 27 hrs

Required for Superintendency/Principalship Track:

  1.  
    1. Seminar (3 credits)

      1. POSTSEC 7389 (170:389) Seminar in Postsecondary Education OR

      2. EDLEAD 7389 (270:389) Seminar in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director OR

      3. EDLEAD 6289 (270:289) Seminar in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director

    2. Practicum or Internship (3 credits):

      1. POSTSEC 7397 (170:397) Practicum: Postsecondary Education OR

      2. EDLEAD 7397 (270:397) Practicum in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director OR

      3. EDLEAD 6290 (270:290) Practicum in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director OR

      4. POSTSEC 7391 (170:391) Internship in Postsecondary Education OR

      5. EDLEAD 7391 (270:391) Internship in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director OR

      6. EDLEAD 6291 (270:291) Internship in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director

  2. Electives (Choice for 21 credits):

    1. EDLEAD 6206 (270:206) Orientation to ISSL and Educational Leadership/Special Education Director

    2. EDLEAD 6232 (270:232) School Governance, Law and Intersystems Relations

    3. EDLEAD 6249 (270:249) Leading Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum

    4. EDLEAD 6282 (270:282) Leading School Growth and Improvement

    5. EDLEAD 6284 (270:284) Evaluator Approval for Improved Student Learning

    6. EDLEAD 6285 (270:285) Readings in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director*

    7. EDLEAD 6289 (270:289) Seminar in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director*

    8. EDLEAD 6290 (270:290) Practicum in Principalship

    9. EDLEAD 6291 (270:291) Internship

    10. EDLEAD 6292 (270:292) Capstone ISSL

    11. EDLEAD 7310 (270:310) Human Resource Administration

    12. EDLEAD 7315 (270:315) Leading Teaching, Learning and Assessment

    13. EDLEAD 7318 (270:318) Evaluation of Administrators

    14. EDLEAD 7319 (270:319) Power, Politics, and Ethics in School District Leadership

    15. EDLEAD 7340 (270:340) Funding the Educational Program for Improved Student Achievement

    16. EDLEAD 7346 (270:346) School Business Management

    17. EDLEAD 7354 (270:354) Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector

    18. EDLEAD 7385 (270:385) Readings in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director *

    19. EDLEAD 7389 (270:389) Seminar in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director*

    20. EDLEAD 7391 (270:391) Internship in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director

    21. EDLEAD 7397 (270:397) Practicum in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director

    22. Other courses as approved by ISA

    23. *1-3 units – may be repeated with Intensive Study Area approval

  3. Dissertation Research 6 hrs

Total Credit Hours for Superintendency/Principalship Track 60 hrs

 


 

Special Education Director Track

  1. Professional Common Core 27 hrs


  1. Advanced Professional Studies 27 hrs

Required for Special Education Director Track:

  1.  
    1. EDLEAD 6232 (270:232) School Governance, Law and Intersystems Relations

    2. EDLEAD 6282 (270:282) Leading School Growth and Improvement

    3. EDLEAD 6284 (270:284) Evaluator Approval for Improved Student Learning

    4. EDLEAD 7311 (270:311) Educational Leadership/Special Education Director and Systems Change

    5. SPED 6260 (220:260) Special Education Law and Policy

    6. SPED 6278 (220:278) Administration of Special Education

    7. SPED 6290 (220:290) Practicum


  1. Electives: Choice for 27 credits:

    1. EDLEAD 6245 (270:245) Leadership for Effective Schools

    2. EDLEAD 6249 (270:249) Leading Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum

    3. EDLEAD 6289 (270:289) Seminar in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director*

    4. EDLEAD 7310 (270:310) Human Resource Administration

    5. EDLEAD 7311 (270:311) Educational Leadership/Special Education Director and Systems Change

    6. EDLEAD 7315 (270:315) Leading Teaching, Learning and Assessment

    7. EDLEAD 7318 (270:318) Evaluation of Administrators

    8. EDLEAD 7319 (270:319) Power, Politics, and Ethics in School District Leadership

    9. EDLEAD 7385 (270:385) Readings in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director

    10. MEASRES 6279 Educational Program Evaluation

    11. SPED 7385 (220:385) Readings in Special Education

    12. SPED 7386 (220:286) Studies in Special Education

    13. SPED 7301 (220:397) Internship in Special Education Administration

    14. SPED 6285 (220:285) Readings in Special Education

    15. SPED 6286 (220:286) Studies in Special Education

    16. Other courses as approved by ISA

    17. * 1-3 units: may be repeated with Intensive Study Area approval.


  1. Dissertation Research 6 hrs

Total Credit Hours for Special Education Director Track 60 hrs


ISA Applications Due February 1


Doctor of Education Professional Common Core for All Intensive Study Areas


The 27 hours EdD professional common core for all intensive study areas consists of two components: the substantive component and research methods.


Substantive Component:

18 credit hours (3 credits per course)

18

INTDEPED 7303 (190:303)

Foundations of Inquiry

INTDEPED 7318

Evidence-Based Practices, Assessment, Accountability, and Program Evaluation

INTDEPED 7320

Leadership in Formal and Informal Learning Environments (OR EDLEAD 7311 or EDLEAD 6245 if taken for an Advanced Studies Certificate in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director)

INTDEPED 7322

Organizational and Community Transformation (OR EDLEAD 7325 or EDLEAD 6247 if taken for an Advanced Studies Certificate in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director)

INTDEPED 7324

Critical Analysis of Social and Cultural Contexts in Education

INTDEPED 7389 (190:389)

Doctoral Seminar

Research Methods

6 credit hours (3 credits per course)

6

INTDEPED 7314

Inquiry I

INTDEPED 7316

Inquiry II

Advanced Methods

3 credit hours (Course choice)

3

Choose one or more

of the following 3-credit-hour courses:

MEASRES 6270 (250:270)

Educational Program Evaluation

MEASRES 7300 (250:300)

Descriptive Educational Research

MEASRES 7301 (250:301)

Advanced Experimental Research in Education

MEASRES 7310 (250:310)

Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

Total hours

Professional Common Core

27

Ed Leadership/Sped Director Graduate Assistantships