Courses

To complete the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership online, students must complete the following 18 courses (60 credits).

ADL 705: Theories of Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Describes theories of leadership, studies the relationship between leadership style and organizational change, and examines the implementation process of a leader's vision.

ADL 739: Ethical Issues

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
This course provides ethical frameworks and components in leadership experiences in both education systems and public service organizations. It provides opportunities to interpret, apply, and evaluate theoretical frameworks, resources for choices, and impacts of decisions.

ADL 717: Team Building

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Uses team building, group dynamics, and interpersonal sensitivity to motivate and inspire individuals and groups to work toward common goals.

ADL 745: Organizational Change

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Explores organizational theories and development from a leadership perspective with a focus on change within organizations, groups, and individuals.

ADL 713: Program Planning and Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Provides opportunities to apply a systematic planning process, examine approaches to policy development and program implementation, and analyze evaluation procedures.

ADL 721: Policy Development

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Examines the process to identify problems and how to achieve solutions consistent with an organization’s vision; uses critical thinking and analytic reasoning as problem and policy framing skills for continued renewal.

EDU 710: Politics of Education

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Examines the political aspects of schooling. Students will become familiar with community power structures, the local electoral process, how boards of education function, how the school interacts with community pressures and needs, who is best and least well-served and why.

HRD 719: Organizational Learning

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Studies psychological and organizational paradigms associated with learning of a collective whole. Examines the implications and challenges for learning brought about by the changing nature of work and global competition. Focuses on processes and procedures for achieving organizational learning through information distribution and interpretation, making meaning and organizational memory.

ADL 729: Seminar in Educational Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
This seminar is designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate a clear understanding of the interrelated nature of the experiences within the program through critical discourse and projects which explore contemporary issues as they relate to leadership.

HSE 703: Philosophy of Science

Duration: 14 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
A critical analysis of philosophy of science and epistemology as applicable to theory development in the human science disciplines.

HSE 707: Quantitative Methods

Duration: 14 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Examines advanced competencies to conceptualize, design, execute, analyze, report, and publish quantitative research that delivers new and useful knowledge. Balances its presentations of research theory and computer tools with applications to real world problems. Prerequisite: HSE 703.

HSE 705: Qualitative Methods

Duration: 14 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
A critical analysis of qualitative methods of inquiry for the human sciences to facilitate the understanding of the aims, processes, and outcomes of these methods. Prerequisite: HSE 703.

HED 713: Teaching and Learning at the University Level

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Analyzes current teaching methods and strategies at the community college and university level. This course will explore topics such as adult learning (andragogy), societal issues dealing with gender, race, racism, cultural factors and their impact on teaching at the collegiate level. The course covers a variety of teaching and learning styles and gives the student an opportunity to participate in classroom teaching.

ADL 737: Administration of Information Technology

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Explores the leadership and administrative roles in the implementation and management of information technology within a professional organization.

EDU 702: Contemporary Issues in Urban Education

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
This course will explore the social, cultural, and philosophical forces that impact upon schools in the urban setting and is intended to provide doctoral students with continued in depth grounding in related areas of knowledge. Issues endemic to the student in the urban setting, as well as the context of the surrounding community will also be explored. Approaches for teachers and school leaders working in these settings will be emphasized, through an interdisciplinary approach using philosophy and sociology as applied to pedagogy and leadership.

EDU 725: Grant Writing for Curriculum Development

Duration: 7 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Students will examine the steps in the grant writing process, explore potential funding sources, and write a grant for procuring curriculum resources.

ADL 798: Dissertation

Duration: 14 weeks | Credit Hours: 6
This is the first of two capstone courses that together will provide a field-based action learning opportunity to develop meaningful solutions. Similar to the dissertation, the Capstone Project should be a demonstration of the student's ability to perform disciplined inquiry in accordance with traditional standards for doctoral performance.

*NOTE: In the proposed program of study, the credits for ADL 798 (Dissertation Seminar) and ADL 799 (Dissertation) will increase from 3 credits to 6 credits each. The credits will be distributed by Touch Points and will be placed at intervals during the program of study.

ADL 799: Dissertation

Duration: 14 weeks | Credit Hours: 6
This is the second of two capstone courses that together will provide a field-based action learning opportunity to analyze problems of practice using multiple frames to develop meaningful solutions. Similar to the dissertation, the Capstone Project should be a demonstration of the student's ability to perform disciplined inquiry in accordance with traditional standards for doctoral performance.

*NOTE: In the proposed program of study, the credits for ADL 798 (Dissertation Seminar) and ADL 799 (Dissertation) will increase from 3 credits to 6 credits each. The credits will be distributed by Touch Points and will be placed at intervals during the program of study.