Catalog 2010-2012

Doctor of Education: Educational Leadership

This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree.

There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of six areas of intensive study and a related area; and a Dissertation of 7 semester hours.

By design, then, all students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The six areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The six intensive study areas are: Community Health Education, Curriculum and Instruction,Educational Leadership, Leisure, Youth and Human Services, Rehabilitation Studies, and Special Education . (In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.) For brief definitions of the six areas see page xxx.

The Educational Leadership area of intensive study involves the preparation of personnel for leadership roles in PK-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, and non-school educational settings. (For more information, contact the Head, Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education.)

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education for any other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at  For requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Education degree see page xxx or visit


I. Professional Common Core (15 hours)

  Education Foundations.....3 hours

   Interdepartmental, Education: 190:301.


    Interdepartmental, Education: 190:303; 190:305; 190:307.....9 hours

    Measurement and Research: One of the following - 250:270, 250:300, 250:301, 250:310.....3 hours

II. Advanced Professional Studies (38 hours)

  Requirements for the Educational Leadership Intensive Study area:


    Educational Leadership: 270:311.....3 hours

    Seminar: 170:389 or 270:389.....3 hours

    Practicum: 170:397 or 270:397 OR Internship: 170:391 or 270:391.....3 hours

  Electives as follows:.....29 hours

    Choose from the following courses (but not limited to these courses). At least 6 hours must be in an area outside of the elected area of intensive study (270:):

      270:206, 270:224, 270:232, 270:245, 270:247, 270:249, 270:282, 270:284, 270:285 (1-3 hrs.; may be repeated with department approval), 270:289 (1-3 hrs.; may be
      repeated with department approval), 270:290, 270:291, 270:292, 270:310, 270:311, 270:315, 270:318, 270:319, 270:325, 270:340, 270:346, 270:354, 270:385, 270:389
      (1-3 hrs.; may be repeated with department approval), 270:391, 270:397.

III. Dissertation (7 hours)

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).


Doctoral Seminar: 190:389.....1 hour 

Dissertation Research: 190:399.....6 hours

60 hours