Catalog 2010-2012

Doctor of Education: Leisure, Youth and Human Services

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 Leisure, Youth and Human Services intensive study area is designed to interpret and apply youth development models and concepts as well as nonprofit administrative practices to the planning, management, supervision and evaluation of informal education programs in the community. Graduates are prepared for careers as applied scholars, administrators of community nonprofit organizations, youth serving agencies, public parks and recreation, foundations, and government agencies. Program of study will be based upon student=s needs, interests, and upon approval by academic advisor and program of study committee. (For more information, contact the Chair, Leisure, Youth and Human Services Division, School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services.)

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not 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 Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services 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.


Program Requirements

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 Leisure, Youth and Human Services intensive study area:


      Leisure, Youth and Human Services: 430:202; 430:240; 430:310; 430:312.....12 hours

      Leisure, Youth and Human Services Seminar: 430:329 (1 hour each for six semesters).....6 hours


      Leisure, Youth and Human Services.....20 hours

        Working with the advisor, students will select 20 hours of course work on their program of study (six of these hours must be outside of LYHS).

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