Doctor of Education in Educational Practice and Leadership

Admission Requirements:

The following criteria will be used to assess a student’s application for admission into the Doctor of Education in Educational Practice and Leadership program. No single criterion can adequately predict a student’s probable success in graduate work. Applicants should anticipate that the materials they submit will be held to high standards with submission of the following:

  1. The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  2. Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  3. Grade point average from all previous graduate work (minimum of 3.5 required)
  4. Professional resume.
  5. Transcripts.
  6. Three letters of recommendation that address your academic ability, professional accomplishments related to your field of study, and positive character traits.
  7. A statement of clear professional/educational goals that can be met by this program/specialization as specified in the graduate catalog.
  8. Essay. An original essay not to exceed four double-spaced pages (exclusive of references) on a contemporary problem of practice. The writing will be reviewed for:
    1. overall suitability for doctoral level study;
    2. cohesive development of ideas;
    3. support for ideas; and
    4. writing conventions. 
  9. Writing sample. 

a. Include with your application an individually-authored sample of your writing that the admission committee can use to evaluate your ability as a writer and potential success in the doctoral program.

b. The minimum length of the sample is five pages and should not exceed 30 pages.Examples of possible writing samples include, but are not limited to, journal articles, paper from a course, or some written work product such as a manual or technical report.

10. The applicant must sign a statement attesting that the goal statement, essay, and writing sample submitted were original compositions of the applicant, completed without the aid of an editor.

11. Applicants for the School Leadership specialization are required to have a teaching credential, three years of teaching experience, and leadership experience in PK-12 environments and to pass a background check.

Degree Requirements:

  1. A minimum of 90 semester credit hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree.
  2. Maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA for all classes completed as a graduate student.
  3. With approval of a student’s Faculty Advisory Committee, up to 30 credits from a master’s degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Successful completion of comprehensive examinations.
  5. Completion of a Dissertation in Practice (9 credits).
  6. Ed.D. Core Coursework (9 credits): 
EFR 502Issues and Trends in Education3
HE 569Diversity Systems and Policy in Education3
EDL 573Administration and Organizational Behavior 3

7. Scholarly Tools Coursework (9 credits):

EFR 509Introduction to Applied Educational Research3
Select 2 Additional Courses (6 credits)
T&L 569Action Research3
T&L 579Classroom Based Inquiry3
EFR 511Program Evaluation3
EFR 530Learning Analytics3

8. In addition, you may choose one or more specialization areas and complete the required courses. Elective credits can be selected from graduate courses in other specializations and from the Educational Foundations and Research (EFR) program in consultation with academic advisor.

Descriptions of Specializations:

  • Higher Education (HE):  The HE area prepares administrators and/or professors for leadership in an academic discipline at a college or university.
  • School Leadership (SL):  The SL are is designed primarily for the practitioners preparing for school administration positions including elementary, middle school, and secondary principals; superintendents; curriculum directors, and other school district central office positions. Upon completion of the degree, depending on state licensure credential requirements, a student generally will have completed many, if not all, coursework which will lead to an administrative credential.
  • Special Education (SPED): The SPED area is focused on preparing experienced professionals for the role as an Educational Diagnostician. Diagnosticians evaluate students to determine services and effective programming, as well as provide leadership at the school and district levels to inform policies and practices.
  • Teacher Education (TE): The TE area prepares professors of education at a college or university and/or as an educational specialist to teachers in PK-12 schools.

Higher Education

Higher Education Required Courses (15 credits)

HE 532Principles and Practices in Higher Education3
HE 536Leading and Learning in Higher Education3
T&L 541History of Higher Education in the United States3
T&L 544Assessment in Higher Education3
T&L 545Adult Learners3

Higher Education Elective Courses (18 credits)

HE 538College Student Experiences3
HE 561Curriculum in Higher Education3
HE 563Academic Administration in Higher Education3
HE 564Higher Education Student and Support Services3
HE 570Higher Education Law3
HE 573Higher Education and Public Policy3
HE 576Higher Education Planning and Finance3
T&L 539College Teaching3
T&L 543Scholarly Writing3
T&L 548The Professoriate3
T&L 547Technology in Higher Education3

Elective credits can be selected from graduate courses in other specializations and from the Educational Foundations and Research (EFR) program in consultation with academic advisor..

School Leadership

School Leadership Required Courses (18-25 credits)

EDL 524Educational Personnel Administration2
EDL 526Business Management in Education2
EDL 527Legal Issues in Education3
EDL 531School District Leadership2
EDL 532Staff and Program Evaluation2
EDL 575Education and Public Policy3
EDL 579Special Topics in Educational Leadership1-4
EDL 593Internship in Educational Leadership1-8

Elective credits can be selected from graduate courses in other specializations and from the Educational Foundations and Research (EFR) program in consultation with academic advisor.

Special Education

Special Education Required Courses (32 credits)

SPED 521Transition to Adult Life3
SPED 525Legal/Ethical Aspects in Special Education 3
SPED 544Research Methods in Behavior Analysis3
SPED 557Progress Monitoring3
SPED 570The Educational Diagnostician3
SPED 571Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment Measures in Special Education 3
SPED 572Achievement Assessment Measures in Special Education 3
SPED 582Internship: Educational Diagnostician1-4
T&L 529Language Development & Cognition in Children3
COUN 570Cognitive Assessment Measures in Special Education3

Special Education Elective CoursesThese courses will be selected based on previous coursework to meet Council for Exceptional Children’s advanced standards; thus transcript reviews will be conducted.

SPED 511Identification and Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs3
SPED 523Assessment in Gifted/Talented Education3
SPED 551Advanced Assessment in Special Education3
SPED 567Assessment in Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 558Multi-Tier System of Supports2
SPED 578Behavior Management3
T&L 534Basic Reading Diagnosis and Remediation2
T&L 583Reading Clinic2
T&L 535Advanced Reading/Language Arts Diagnosis and Remediation2
T&L 550Assessment and Evaluation in ELL Education3

Teacher Education

Teacher Education Required Courses (21 credits)

T&L 539College Teaching3
T&L 544Assessment in Higher Education3
T&L 545Adult Learners3
T&L 548The Professoriate3
T&L 571Teacher Education3
T&L 572Teacher Education: Focus on the Learner3
EFR 506Multicultural Education3

Elective credits can be selected from graduate courses in other specializations and from the Educational Foundations and Research (EFR) program in consultation with advisor.