Program Requirements — Doctor of Education

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): 35 hours of content related coursework, 25 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 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 | Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction

YEAR ONE
EDU 7135 Organizational Theory and Change (3)
EDU 8220: Learning and Cognition: Current Research and Theory (4)
EDU 7325 Curriculum and Assessment for K-12 Regular Education (3)
EDU 7010 Introduction to Educational Research (4)
EDU 8130 Social Foundations of Curriculum Studies (3)
EDU 8170 Contemporary Issues of Diversity and Justice in Education (3)

YEAR TWO
EDU 8190 Qualitative Research (4)
EDU 7355 Curriculum and Assessment for Special Populations (3)
EDU 8100 Quantitative Research (4)
EDU 8250 Program Evaluation in Education (3)
EDU 8160 Curriculum Internship: Clinical Supervision and Teacher Development (4)
EDU 8165  International Comparative Education (3) 

YEAR THREE
EDU 8400 Dissertation Seminar (3)
EDU 8450 Inquiry in the Classroom: Critical and Creative Thinking in Action  (3)
EDU 8830 Directed Study Elective (4)
EDU 8800 Dissertation (9)

EdD | Leadership in Adult Learning and Higher Education

YEAR ONE
EDU 8500 Contemporary Issues of Adult Learners (3)
EDU 8510: Social Foundations of Higher Education (4)
EDU 8520: Seminar: Issues in Higher Education Administration (3)
EDU 7010 Introduction to Educational Research (4)
EDU 8515 Learning How to Learn: Applied Theory for Adult Learners (3)
EDU 8170 Contemporary Issues of Diversity and Justice in Education (3) 

YEAR TWO
EDU 8190 Qualitative Research (4)
EDU 8300 Strategic Planning: Evaluation, Assessment, Budgeting, and Reporting (3)
EDU 8100 Quantitative Research (4)
EDU 8250 Program Evaluation in Education (3)
EDU 8310 Adult Learning and Higher Education Internship
EDU 8165 International Comparative Education (3) 

YEAR THREE
EDU 8400 Dissertation Seminar (3)
EDU 8225 Philosophies of Adult Learning (3)
EDU 8830 Directed Study Elective (4)
EDU 8800 Dissertation (9) 

EdD | Leadership in Educational Administration Program with Superintendent Endorsement 

YEAR ONE
EDU7135 Organizational Theory and Change (3)
EDU7335 Advanced School District Finance (3)
EDU7325 Curriculum and Assessment for K-12 Regular Education (3)
EDU7010 Introduction to Educational Research (4)
EDU7125 School District Policy Development and Analysis (3)
EDU7155 Advanced Human Resources (3) 

YEAR TWO
EDU8100 Quantitative Research (4)
EDU7355 Curriculum and Assessment for Special Populations (3)
EDU8190 Qualitative Research (4)
EDU7345 Advanced Operations and System Management (3)
EDU7715 Illinois School District Superintendent Internship 1 (2)
EDU7145 Advanced School Law PK-12 for General Education and Special Populations (3)
EDU7265 School District Superintendent and the Educational Community (3)
EDU7725 Illinois School District Superintendent Internship 2 (2)

YEAR THREE
EDU8400 Dissertation Seminar (3)
EDU7245 Educational Technology for Effective Teaching, Learning, and Administration (3)
EDU7735 Illinois School District Superintendent Internship 3 (2)
EDU8800 Dissertation (9)

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