The program of study consists of three components: Professional Common Core (at least 15 units), Advanced Professional Study in an area of intensive study (32 units) and an area of related study (6 units) [these must be courses outside of the intensive study of educational leadership], and a dissertation component of 7 units (1 unit for Doctoral Seminar and 6 units for Dissertation Research). While there are discrete elements within the program, all of the work including the culmination work of the dissertation, should be seen as interrelated and focused on professional career interests.


I. Professional Common Core

A. Professional Common Core Courses - 15 units (Current)

INTDEPED 7301 Context of Contemporary Education (3 units)

Examination of issues and problems of concern to educational practitioners from the perspective of educational philosophy, history, and sociology. Prerequisite: Doctoral status or consent of college.


INTDEPED 7303 Inquiry (3 units)

An introduction to the major philosophical schools of thought that underpin the practice of social and educational inquiry. Among the different perspectives examined are empiricism, critical theory, hermeneutics, and constructivism. Prerequisite: Doctoral status or consent of college.


INTDEPED 7305 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3 units)

Study of the techniques of direct observation and analysis of human behavior in ongoing, naturalistic settings. Focus on problems associated with the two main approaches used in qualitative research - participant observation and in-depth interviewing. Prerequisite: INTDEPED 7303; MEASRES 5180; MEASRES 6205; MEASRES 6281; or consent of department.


INTDEPED 7307 Quantitative Methods (3 units)

Research methodologies applicable to problem solving in educational practice. Emphasis on program evaluation, case studies, observation, interviews, surveys, parametric and non-parametric statistical analysis. Prerequisite: 190:303; doctoral status or college approval.


One of the following research courses: (3 units)

MEASRES 6270 Program Evaluation

MEASRES 7300 Descriptive Educational Research

MEASRES 7301 Advanced Experimental Research in Education

MEASRES 7310 Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research 


B. Professional Common Core Courses (Effective Fall 2014)

Doctor of Education Professional Common core for All Intensive Study Areas Fall 2014

II. Intensive Study Area (Educational Leadership) - 38 units

This is the component of the program that relates to and supports the student's professional career goals.


III. Dissertation - 7 units

This is the program component in which the student demonstrates proficiency in the integration of theory and practice, i.e.; it involves the application of existing knowledge and/or results of individual research to an educational problem or situation.


INTDEPED 7389 Doctoral Seminar (1 unit)

All students will participate in the INTDEPED 7389 doctoral seminar for one unit. The seminar experience should be initiated in the first session of enrollment. The intent of this seminar is to explore the doctoral study process and issues related to scholarship.


INTDEPED 7399 Dissertation Research (6 units)

1-6 units allowed in any one semester. It is reasonable to distribute enrollment throughout the course of development of the proposal, execution of the research, and final writing process.


Intensive Study Area (Educational Leadership)


This area of intensive study involves the preparation of personnel for leadership roles in PK-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, and non-school settings.


1. Prospective Students

Applicants to the Educational Leadership Intensive Study Area have two options for concentrations of study:


PK-12 Administration: Individuals with a master's degree and three years of administrative experience in the schools may pursue this area of concentration. The program of study may be structured so as to pursue certification for the principalship or superintendency. A doctoral degree in these areas will prepare individuals for administrative positions in PK-12 education. For further information, please contact Dr. Chalres McNulty (319.273.3542 or


**Postsecondary Education: Individuals with a master's degree and three years of administrative or teaching experience in postsecondary education may pursue this area of concentration. A doctoral degree in this area will prepare individuals for administrative positions in postsecondary education. For further information, please contact Dr. Mike Waggoner (319.273.3350 or  Note:  Applications for the Postsecondary Education Intensive Study Area are temporarily not being accepted as of Fall 2012.  Please contact the Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education office if you have any questions.

**Currently Not Accepting Applicants At This Time


2. Program of Study:

Students admitted to the Educational Leadership intensive study area will be expected to design a program of study consisting of at least 60 units in consultation with their advisor.

The program of study will consist of

a. Fifteen (15) units in the common core, thirty-two (32) units in the Intensive Study Area which includes six (6) units of related study that are outside of educational leadership (these courses should be 6000 or 7000 level and determined in consultation with your advisor), and seven (7) units in the dissertation phase;

b. Additional work may be required beyond the thirty-eight (38) units if a professional certification (endorsement or approval) is a goal or for a student with no previous study in educational leadership.