Program Requirements

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Leadership Program Requirements

Educational Leadership Core (9 hours)

EDEL 800 Advanced Leadership Theory
EDEL 801 Organizational Theory and Behavior
EDEL 830 The Ethics of Leadership

Professional Studies: Higher Education Leadership Track (24 hours)

EDEL 815 Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness
EDEL 816 Comprehensive Planning in Higher Education
EDEL 834 Research in Education Law
EDEL 841 Higher Education Student Affairs
EDEL 843 Higher Education Academic Affairs
EDEL 844 Administration and Finance in Higher Education
EDEL 846 Policy and Politics in Higher Education
EDEL 850 Internship in Educational Leadership

Ph.D. Research Block (15 hours)

EDUC 810 Foundations of Educational Research
EDUC 811 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
EDUC 812 Introductions to Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 813 Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods or
EDUC 814 Qualitative Research Design
EDUC 815 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods & Design or
EDUC 816 Advanced Qualitative Methods and Analysis

Ph.D. Dissertation Block (12 hour)

EDUC 809 Doctoral Seminar One: Scholarly Writing
EDUC 817 Doctoral Seminar Two: Survey of Literature
EDUC 837 Doctoral Seminar Three: Foundational Reading
EDUC 843 Doctoral Seminar Four: Proposal
EDUC 880 Dissertation

Educational Leadership Elective (3 hours)

Students will submit a proposal for an elective at the 700 level or above, for approval by the program director, Associate Dean, and doctoral committee chair.

Total degree requirements: 63 hours

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