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

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Core 21 hours
ELPS 751 Doctoral Core I 6 hours
ELPS 752 Doctoral Core II 6 hours
ELPS 608 Issues in Educational Leadership: Implications for Practice 3 hours
ELPSSP 747 Leadership at the District Level 3 hours
Specialization Area 9 hours
Coursework that relates directly to goals as educational leaders (e.g. building level leadership, central office leadership, special education, educational technology)  
Elective Courses in Educational Leadership  
ELPS 601 Leadership Development Through Inquiry 3 hours
ELPS 603 Shaping Organizations: Management and Leadership in Education 3 hours
ELPS 604 Understanding People: Professional Development and Educational Leadership 3 hours
ELPS 605 External Environments: Social, Political, and Economic Influences in Educational Leadership 3 hours
ELPS 650 School Finance and Budgeting 3 hours
ELPS 651 School Business Management 3 hours
ELPS 654 Instructional Leadership and Supervision 3 hours
ELPS 655 Seminar in Learning in Adulthood 3 hours
ELPS 660 Law and the Administrator 3 hours
ELPS 662 Design and Delivery of Professional Development 3 hours
ELPS 663 Developing Grants and Contracts 3 hours
ELPS 665 Policy Analysis and Development 3 hours
ELPS 670 The Principalship: Leadership at the School Site Level 3 hours
ELPS 711 Advanced Theories for Changing Organizations 3 hours