Program Policies

Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

Doctor of Education


Statistics Requirement

Candidates must have taken a graduate course in Statistics as a prerequisite for the coursework. If the course has not been taken, it may be taken concurrently with EDF 800.


Transfer of Credits

Appropriate graduate course work may be transferred with prior approval by the candidate's advisory committee and the campus Doctoral Program Coordinator.


Academic Expectations

Candidates must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.25 in all doctoral course work. No more than one course in which a grade of C has been earned may be applied toward the fulfillment of degree requirements.


Continuous Enrollment

The continuous enrollment requirement necessitates that candidates are enrolled each semester including fall, spring and summer semesters, until completion of all degree program requirements.


Residency Requirement

The residency requirement in graduate programs is intended to ensure that candidates become integrally involved in the academic life of their program and of the university. During the course of study for the Ed.D. degree offered by the Consortium, candidates are required to have an enrollment period of two consecutive semesters with a minimum of nine (9) credit hours per semester.


Admission to Candidacy and Time Limits

The total duration of study for the doctoral degree may not exceed seven (7) years from admission to candidacy.


Qualifying Paper

All candidates are required to complete a Qualifying Paper consisting of a comprehensive review of the literature on a selected topic and an Oral Examination.



Each candidate for the doctoral degree is required to complete a dissertation which represents a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in the discipline. Doctoral candidates who have been admitted to candidacy must present a prospectus for the dissertation project, prepare a proposal, form a dissertation committee, present the proposal to the dissertation committee, defend the dissertation proposal, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee. A candidate actively engaged in work on a dissertation must be officially enrolled for dissertation credit, whether the candidate is on or off campus.


Additional Requirements:

Prospective and enrolled graduate students are reminded that the general academic, financial, and student conduct policies and rules of the Consortium Universities as stated in the university catalogs remain in force and effect unless specifically modified by graduate rules and policies included in the graduate section of the catalog.


Doctoral Program Curriculum

The doctoral degree program consists of 60 credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree, organized into core course areas and specializations as listed below. The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership has a variety of specializations including: Administration of Special Education, and Educational Technology Administration. Additional specializations will be developed shortly.


Research Core: 12 credit hours (of 12 offered)

EDF 800 Intro to Doctoral Program & Research Design (3 hours)
EDF 801 Writing for Research (3 hours)
EDF 802 Quantitative Methods (3 hours)
EDF 803 Qualitative Methods (3 hours)


Educational Leadership & Management Core (21-24 credit hours, to be selected from, but not limited to the following 36 credit hours of coursework)

EDL 810 Leadership Theory and Practice (3 hours)
EDL 811 Management of Educational Organizations (3 hours)
EDL 812 Supervision in Educational Settings (3 hours)
EDL 820 Legal Issues & Ethics in Educational Organizations (3 hours)
EDL 821 Politics & Community Relations (3 hours)
EDL 822 Policy Development and Analysis (3 hours)
EDL 823 Fiduciary Management of Educational Organizations (3 hours)
EDL 840 Change Theory (3 hours)
EDL 841 Organizational Development for Learning Communities (3 hours)
EDL 842 Culture, Climate & Change Leadership (3 hours)
EDL 875 Special Topics in Educational Leadership & Management (3 hours)
EDL 897 Internship (3 hours)


Instructional Leadership (6 9 credit hours, to be selected from, but not limited to the following 15 credit hours of coursework)

ETEC/IRED 812 Leadership in Integration of Emerging Technologies (3 hours)
EDL/EDCI 830 Foundations of Curriculum Theory and Design (3 hours)
EDL/EDCI 831 Critical Analysis of Current Research on Effective
Educational Practice (3 hours)
EDL 832 Educational Evaluation (3 hours)
EDL 871 Special Topics in Instructional Leadership (3 hours)


Field-Based Practicum Experiences (3 credit hours)

EDL 880 Research Practicum (3 hours)


Specialization Coursework (6-9 Credit Hours; see examples below*)
*Educational Technology* (6-9 credit hours)

ETEC/IRED 810 Educational Technology Theory and Design (3 hours)
ETEC/IRED 811 Overview of Current Educational Technology Practice (3 hours)
ETEC 895 Evaluation of Instructional Technology Research (3 hours)

*Administration of Exceptionalities (6-9 credit hours)

SPED 600 Intro to Education of Individuals with Exceptionalities (3 hours)
SPED 601 Organization & Administration of classes for Individuals with
Exceptionalities (3 hours)
EDUC 605 Research Seminar in Gifted & Talented Education (3 hours)

Doctoral Dissertation Seminars (6+ credit hours)

EDF 900 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar I (3 hours)
EDF 990 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar II (3 hours)
EDF 995 Defense and Completion of Dissertation (3 hours)