Program Requirements — Doctor of Education

Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 60 semester hours (beyond the master’s degree): 42 hours of coursework, 6 hours of directed or other study, 12 hours of dissertation.
  • A proposal and dissertation which involve the application of research methodology and literature to inform or improve professional practice.
  • Completion and submission of reflection on progress toward EdD program outcomes and comprehensive examination, as well as maintenance of satisfactory progress.
  • Completion of all requirements within three years (minimum) or six years (maximum) from first enrollment.

Schedule

To complete your degree in three years, you will complete six courses each year as below. If you wish to engage in a lengthened program, you would take one course in the fall and spring terms, completing all coursework by the end of the third year.

All courses are taught on the Aurora campus on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays, except during the first term when the classes are taught on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays. (Some Saturday classes meet every week in the morning; others meet every-other week during the morning and early afternoon.)

Leadership in Adult and Higher Education

Year 1 - Fall Year 2 - Fall Year 3 - Fall
EDU8500 Contemporary Issues of Adult Learners (3)

EDU8510 Foundations in Adult Learning and Education: History, Sociology, Politics and Economics (4)

EDU8080 Principles and Practice of Instructional Materials and Curriculum Design (3)
OR
Choice of:
MBA6620 Leading Strategically (3)
MBA6630 Leading Teams (3)
MBA6075 Operations Management (3)

EDU8100 Quantitative Research (4)
OR
EDU8190 Qualitative Research (4)

 

Two of the following:
EDU8200 Advanced Quantitative Dissertation Research (3)
OR
EDU8210 Advanced Qualitative Dissertation Research (3)
OR
EDU8830 Directed Study (3)
OR
EDU8520 Seminar: Issues in Higher Education Administration (3)

EDU8800 Dissertation (Up to 12)

Year 1 - Spring Year 2 - Spring Year 3 - Spring
EDU7135 Dynamics of Organizational Theory and Change (4)

EDU8010 Introduction to Educational Research (4)

EDU8180 Leadership and Implementation of Curriculum (4)
OR
Choice of:
MBA6620 Leading Strategically (3)
MBA6630 Leading Teams (3)
MBA6075 Operations Management (3)

EDU8250 Principles and Practices of Assessment and Program Evaluation (4)

 

Up to 12 hours EDU8800 Dissertation
Year 1 - Summer Year 2 - Summer Year 3 - Summer
EDU8170 Curriculum for Race, Gender, Culture and Ethnicity (3)
OR
EDU7150 Advanced Human Resources Administration (3)

EDU8150 Learning in the Digital Age (3)
EDU8225 Philosophies of Adult Learning (3)

EDU8515 Learning How to Learn: Applied Theory for Adult Learners (3)

Up to 12 hours EDU8800 Dissertation

 

Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction

Year 1 - Fall Year 2 - Fall Year 3 - Fall
EDU8110 School Reform/School Renewal (3)

EDU8130 Foundations for Curriculum Studies (4)

EDU8080 Principles and Practice of Instructional Materials and Curriculum Design (3)

EDU8100 Quantitative Research (4)
OR
EDU8190 Qualitative Research (4)

 

Two of the following:
EDU8200 Advanced Quantitative Dissertation Research (3)
OR
EDU8210 Advanced Qualitative Dissertation Research (3)
OR
EDU8830 Directed Study (3)

EDU8800 Dissertation (Up to 12)
Year 1 - Spring Year 2 - Spring Year 3 - Spring
EDU7135 Dynamics of Organizational Theory and Change (4)

EDU8010 Introduction to Educational Research (4)

EDU8220 Teaching: Current Research and Theory (3)

EDU8250 Principles and Practices of Assessment and Program Evaluation (4)

 

Up to 12 hours EDU8800 Dissertation
Year 1 - Summer Year 2 - Summer Year 3 - Summer
EDU8160 Clinical Supervision and Teacher Development (3)

EDU8150 Learning in the Digital Age (3)
EDU8170 Curriculum for Race, Gender, Culture and Ethnicity (3)

EDU8180 Leadership and Implementation of Curriculum (4)

Up to 12 hours EDU8800 Dissertation

 

 

Leadership in Educational Administration


Year 1 - Fall Year 2 - Fall Year 3 - Fall
EDU7110 School Reform/School Renewal (3)
EDU7120 Policy Analysis/Research in Education (4)

EDU7100 Quantitative Research (4)
OR
EDU7190 Qualitative Research (4)

EDU7225 Curriculum for Administrators (3) 

 

One of the following:
EDU8200 Advanced Quantitative Dissertation Research (3)
OR
EDU8210 Advanced Qualitative Dissertation Research (3)
OR
EDU8830 Directed Study (3)

EDU7750 Educational Leadership Internship (3)

EDU8800 Dissertation (Up to 12)

Year 1 - Spring Year 2 - Spring Year 3 - Spring
EDU7135 Dynamics of Organizational Theory and Change (4)
EDU7010 Introduction to Educational Research (4)

EDU7170 Administration of Education Facilities (2)
EDU7220 Economics of Education (4)
EDU7240 Administration of Technology (2)

 

Up to 12 hours EDU8800 Dissertation
Year 1 - Summer Year 2 - Summer Year 3 - Summer
EDU7140 Advanced Education Law (3)
EDU7150 Advanced Human Resources Administration (3)
EDU7260 The Modern Superintendency (3)
EDU7270 Assessment for Administrators (3)

Up to 12 hours EDU8800 Dissertation


 Note: All doctoral students are required to be continuously enrolled. Doctoral students must be enrolled for at least one semester hour of dissertation credit until their dissertation is completed. In any semester, doctoral students can register for as few as one dissertation credit or as many as 12.

Annual Progress

After your first year, you will submit a reflection on your progress toward the EdD program outcomes. At the end of your second year, you will take a comprehensive examination in which you apply your learning issues arising from educational practice.