Doctoral Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Course Descriptions
Contact academic advisor This faculty member has been assigned to work with you in establishing the learning experiences that you will follow as part of your doctoral program.
Form Program Planning Committee This Committee is chaired by your advisor and must include at least one additional member form the academic faculty of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and one member from outside the faculty of this Program for a minimum of three members.
Design a Plan of Study This process will be done with your Program Planning Committee. This plan must conform to the established standards for required courses and minimal credit hours, as specified by the Graduate School in the current issue of the Bulletin. Doctoral students in the Program must enroll in 12 hours of Doctoral Core course (two courses of six credits each) that must be taken sequentially in the Fall and Spring Semesters which immediately follow your admission into the Ed.D. program.
Complete Residency Requirements You will need to satisfy a doctoral residence requirement which is defined as registration for at least nine semester hours of graduate courses in two semesters.
Complete the Written and Oral Comprehensive Examinations Your Program Planning Committee and academic advisor will work with you to develop a strategy to address this requirement.
Prepare a Written Dissertation Proposal You should work closely with your research advisor in development of this document.
Present and Defend a Completed Dissertation You will participate in a final oral examination during which you will be asked to defend and explain the research conclusions reached and the recommendations made as they relate to the field of educational leadership.

Doctoral Course Requirements

1. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Core

Minimum of 21 Semester Hours

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ELPS 608 Issues in Ed. Leadership    3 credit hours
ELPS 666 Planning & Change 3 credit hours
ELPS 667 Leadership at District Level 3 credit hours
ELPS 751 Doctoral Core I 6 credit hours
ELPS 752 Doctoral Core II 6 credit hours

2. Concentration Area(s)

Minimum of 9 Semester Hours related to goals as educational leader

For those students with an Ed.S.:

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ELPS 654 Eval. Of Staff 3
ELPS 660 Law & the Administrator 3
ELPS 670 Principalship 3

OR for those students with an Ed.S. but wanting to obtain an administrator (supt.) license:

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ELPS 650 School Finance 3
ELPS 665 Ed. Policy Analyses 3
ELPS 670 Principalship 3

OR for students without an Ed.S. but wanting to obtain an administrator license:

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ELPS 650 School Finance 3
ELPS 665 Ed. Policy Analyses 3
ELPS 622 Independent Study 3

3. Research Core

Minimum of 12 Semester Hours

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
SRM 602 Statistical Methods I 3
ELPS 754 Research in Ed. Leadership 3
SRM 670 Program Evaluation 3
TBD  

4. Field-Based Learning

Minimum of 6 Semester Hours of ELPS 606 and/or ELPS 695

For students transferring credits from the Ed.S.:

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ELPS 606 Internship:School Level 6

For students transferring credits from the Ed.S. but wanting to obtain the administrator license:

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ELPS 606 Internship:School Level 3
ELPS 606 Internship:District Level 3

For students without transfer credits wanting the administrator license:

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ELPS 695 Practicum 3
ELPS 606 Internship:District Level 3

For students without transfer credits and not wanting the administrator license:

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ELPS 695 Practicum 6

5. Dissertation

Minimum of 16 Semester Hours

For students transferring credits from the Ed.S.:

Course Number and Title Credit Hours
ELPS 797 Doctoral Proposal Research 4
ELPS 797 Doctoral Proposal Research 12