The Interdisciplinary Leadership Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) Program -- The doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership emphasizes the preparation of advanced leaders who will address real-world problems and issues with sophisticated, multi-dimensional perspectives. This program focuses on sustainability of innovative practices and development of global competencies. A significant strength of the program is its experiential component, through which all graduates will integrate theory and practice.
Application Requirements --
In addition to meeting university admission criteria, applicants must:
- Submit a statement describing personal and professional goals for seeking an Ed. D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership along with a vita or resume summarizing prior education and employment history, and pertinent professional activities.
- A master‘s degree from an accredited institution in education, counseling, psychology, business, liberal arts, sciences, health professions, or related courses of study by the time they enter the doctoral program, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in graduate studies.
- A combined GRE verbal and quantitative score of 1000 points or its equivalent on the revised Graduate Record Examination and a 4.0 on the analytical writing section (tests must have been completed within the last 5 years).
- Three letters of recommendation by professionals (Two must be from faculty members who have worked with the applicant. The third letter may be from a faculty member or other professional).
- Have a successful interview with the program admissions committee.
Program Requirements --
- Continuous Enrollment - Doctoral students must register for a minimum of 9 graduate credits per semester.
- Time Limit -- Students must complete all coursework for the degree and capstone project within seven years after beginning the doctoral program. Students may appeal for an extension under extenuating circumstances.
- Credits -- The doctorate requires a minimum of 60 credit hours. More hours may be taken in order for the student to specialize his/her studies, or more credits may be required in order to meet prerequisite requirements for the doctoral program.
- Qualifying Exam and Oral Defense -- Interdisciplinary Leadership doctoral students are required to complete written and oral Qualifying Exams before they are granted candidacy.
- Candidacy -- Candidacy is conferred upon a student once the individual has completed all coursework required before the capstone project, passed the written Qualifying Exam, and passed the Oral Defense.
- Capstone project -- The capstone project synthesizes the knowledge and skills gained by the student. It consists of quantitative or qualitative inquiry into a topic of interest related to the primary area of study. A doctoral committee composed of four tenured or tenure track faculty members (two from the Concentration Area and two from outside of the Concentration Area) will review this project from its inception to its final defense. The student works with the chair of the doctoral committee in an advisory manner to select a topic of inquiry and complete the capstone project.
Ed. D. Interdisciplinary Leadership (60 hours Total)
Core Courses (18 credits plus Qualifying Exam)
- LEAD 9101 Research, Data Analysis, and Decision Making
- LEAD 9102 Theories and Ethics of Leadership
- LEAD 9103 Finance and External Funding
- LEAD 9104 Strategic Planning/Collaboration/Sustainability
- LEAD 9105 Community Relations/Media/Technology
- LEAD 9106 Change, Diversity and Global Issues
- LEAD 9201 Qualifying Examination
Capstone Project (9 hours)
- LEAD 9991 Capstone Project Seminar
- LEAD 9998 and LEAD 9999 Capstone Project (6 credits)
Concentrations (33 hours)
Not-for-Profit/Social Entrepreneurship Concentration
- NPSE 9101 Public Relations for Not for Profit Organizations NPSE 9102 Public Pol& Finance for Not for Profits–Foundation
- NPSE 9103 Government and Governmental Relations
- NPSE 9104 Applied Mgmt for Not for Profit Organizations
- NPSE 9105 Law for Not for Profit Organizations
- NPSE 9106 Issues and Trends for Not for Profits
- NPSE 9107 Special Topics in Not for Profits
- NPSE 9201 Public Pol & Finance for Not for Profits–Advanced
- NPSE 9202 Strat Planning, Project Evaluation, & Sustainability
- NPSE 9203 Advanced Social Entrepreneurship
- NPSE 9204 Advanced Organizational Behavior
- EDAD 8836 Administration of School Personnel
- EDAD 8838 Collective Bargaining
- EDAD 8842 The Politics of Education
- EDAD 8860 The Dynamics of School Climate
- EDAD 9101 School Finance for Superintendents
- EDAD 9102 Education for Diversity
- EDAD 9103 Advanced Curriculum/Instruction/Assessment
- EDAD 9104 Facilities and Sustainability
- EDAD 9330 Advanced School Law
- EDAD 9340 The Superintendency – Issues and Trends
- EDAD 9350 District Improvement Planning
Higher Education Concentration
- HEAD 9101 Leadership in Colleges and Universities
- HEAD 9102 Org, Governance, & Campus Culture in Higher Ed
- HEAD 9103 Strategic Planning in Higher Ed
- HEAD 9104 Political and Legal Issues in Higher Ed
- HEAD 9105 Theories of Teaching & Learning in Adult Ed
- HEAD 9106 Student Affairs in Higher Ed
- HEAD 9201 Accountability & Accreditation
- HEAD 9202 Business & Fiscal Mgmt Colleges and Universities
- HEAD 9203 Emerging Trends in Higher Ed
- HEAD 9001 Independent Study in Higher Ed
- HEAD 9002 Special Topics in Higher Ed
Public Safety Concentration
- PSJS 9101 Budgeting in Public Safety
- PSJS 9102 Intergovernmental Relations in Public Safety
- PSJS 9103 Emerging Trends I: The Justice System
- PSJS 9201 Social Action, and Problem Solving
- PSJS 9104 Emerging Trends II: Public Safety
- PSJS 9105 Outreach and Collaboration in Public Safety
- PSJS 9106 Specialized Operations in Public Safety
- PSJS 9202 Public Safety Research Methods
- PSJS 9203 Intrapersonal Leadership & Ethics in Public Safety
- PSJS 9204 Ethical Organizational Leadership in Public Safety
- PSJS 9001 Special Topics in Public Safety
All courses are 3 credits unless specified otherwise.