Aurora University

Detailed curriculum

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2018-2019 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

Degree Requirements for the EdD Program

  • A minimum of 60 semester hours (beyond the master’s degree): 30 hours of content related coursework, 30 hours of research coursework and dissertation hours.
  • A committee approved final dissertation that has been orally defended and published on the ProQuest database.
  • Except for those who enter the program having obtained the superintendent’s endorsement, completion and submission of a first year self-reflection on progress toward EdD program outcomes and a comprehensive examination at the end of the second year, as well as maintenance of satisfactory progress are requirements.
  • Completion of all requirements within three years (minimum) or six years (maximum) from first enrollment.

Curriculum/Schedule

Candidates following the full EdD plan who seek to complete their degrees in three years will complete six courses each year as follows. Candidates on the lengthened plan can take courses on a part-time basis within the six-year limit to complete coursework. EdD courses generally meet one night a week and on Saturday. Off-campus courses meet at a time that works for the individual cohorts. The summer term consists of course work that meets during May and June terms.

EdD | Instructional Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring

YEAR ONE

Organizational Theory and Change Management (4)
Equity, Diversity, and Justice in Education (3)
Curriculum and Assessment for K-12 Regular Education (3)
Proseminar in Educational Research (4)
Instructional Coaching and Adult Learning in the Profession (5)

YEAR TWO

Introduction to Educational Research Designs (4)
Curriculum and Assessment for Special Populations* (3)
Quantitative or Qualitative Research (4)
Instructional Practices and Learning Theories for School Improvement (4)
Curriculum Internship: Clinical Supervision and Teacher Development (2)
Effective Principles of Mentoring and Professional Conversations (3)

YEAR THREE

Quantitative or Qualitative Research (4)
Program Evaluation and Data Analysis for School Improvement (3)
Dissertation Seminar (4)
Dissertation (10)

EdD | Leadership in Adult Learning and Higher Education

YEAR ONE

Organizational Theory and Change Management (4)
Equity, Diversity, and Justice in Education (3)
Historical Foundations of Higher Education (3)
Proseminar in Educational Research (4)
Instructional Coaching and Adult Learning in the Professions (5)

YEAR TWO

Introduction to Educational Research Designs (4)
Strategic Planning: Evaluation, Assessment, Budgeting, and Reporting (3)
Quantitative or Qualitative Research (4)
Ethical and Legal Issues of Adult Learning Contexts (4)
Adult Learning and Higher Education Internship (2)
Seminar in Higher Education Administration (3)

YEAR THREE

Quantitative or Qualitative Research (4)
Philosophies of Adult Learning (3)
Dissertation Seminar (4)
Dissertation (10)

EdD | Leadership in Educational Administration

YEAR ONE

Organizational Theory and Change Management (4)
Advanced School District Finance (3)
Curriculum and Assessment for K-12 Regular Education (3)
Proseminar in Educational Research (4)
Advanced School Law and Human Resources (4)

YEAR TWO

Introduction to Educational Research Designs (4)
Curriculum and Assessment for Special Populations (3)
Quantitative or Qualitative Research (4)
Advanced Operations and System Management (3)
Illinois School District Superintendent Internship 1 (2)
Superintendent and Policy (4)
Illinois School District Superintendent Internship 2 (2)

YEAR THREE

Quantitative or Qualitative Research (4)
Illinois School District Superintendent Internship 3 (2)
Dissertation Seminar (4)
Dissertation (10)