Program Requirements — Doctor of Education

  • 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 Ed.D. 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.

Curriculum/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 in Aurora 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.) Classes in Wisconsin meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays.

Leadership in Educational Administration

  • Year 1:
    • EDU7110 School Reform/School Renewal, 3 semester hours
    • EDU7120 Policy Analysis/Research in Education, 4 semester hours
    • EDU7135 Dynamics of Organizational Theory and Change, 4 semester hours
    • EDU7010 Introduction to Educational Research, 4 semester hours
    • EDU7140 Seminar in Advanced Education Law, 3 semester hours
    • EDU7150 Advanced Human Resources Administration, 3 semester hours
  • Year 2:
    • EDU7100 Quantitative Research, 4 semester hours
      OR
    • EDU7190 Qualitative Research, 4 semester hours
    • EDU7170 Administration of Educational Facilities, 2 semester hours
    • EDU7220 Economics of Education, 4 semester hours
    • EDU7225 Curriculum for Administrators, 3 semester hours
    • EDU7240 Administration of Technology and Technology for Administrators, 2 semester hours
    • EDU7260 The Modern Superintendency, 3 semester hours
    • EDU7270 Assessment for Administrators, 3 semester hours
  • Year 3:
    • EDU7750 Educational Leadership Internship, 3 semester hours

In addition to the internship, candidates complete 3 semester hours of directed study, EDU7830; or an advanced research course, EDU7200 or EDU7210; and 12 semester hours of proposal and dissertation; EDU7800, for a total of 18 semester hours.

Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction

  • Year 1:
    • EDU8110 School Reform/School Renewal, 3 semester hours
    • EDU8130 Foundations for Curriculum Studies, 4 semester hours
    • EDU8135 Dynamics of Organizational Theory and Change, 4 semester hours
    • EDU8010 Introduction to Educational Research, 4 semester hours
    • EDU8160 Clinical Supervision and Teacher Development, 3 semester hours
    • EDU8150 Technology for Educators, 3 semester hours
  • Year 2:
    • EDU8080 Principles and Practice of Curriculum Design, 4 semester hours
    • EDU8100 Quantitative Research 4 semester hours
      OR
    • EDU8190 Qualitative Research, 4 semester hours
    • EDU8220 Teaching: Current Research and Theory, 3 semester hours
    • EDU8250 Principles and Practices of Assessment and Program Evaluation, 4 semester hours
    • EDU8170 Curriculum for Race, Gender, Culture and Ethnicity, 3 semester hours
    • EDU8180 Leadership and Implementation of Curriculum, 4 semester hours
  • Year 3:
    • Candidates complete either an advanced research class, EDU8200 or EDU8210, plus 3 semester hours of directed study, EDU8830, or they complete 6 hours of directed study. Candidates also complete 12 hours of proposal and dissertation in EDU8800, for a total of 18 semester hours.

Annual Progress

After your first year, you will submit a reflection on your progress toward the Ed.D. 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.