PhD in Higher Education Administration Curriculum

Common Core (12)

ADL705Theories of Leadership

Describes theories of leadership, studies the relationship between leadership style and organizational change, and examines the implementation process of a leader's vision.

ADL737Information Technology Administration

Explores the leadership and administration role in the implementation and management of information technology within a professional organization.

ADL745Organizational Change

Explores organizational theories and development from a leadership perspective with a focus on change within organizations, groups, and individuals.

Choose one of the following Courses:

ADL720History of Education

This course provides a holistic approach and comprehensive "map" of education - from its rudimentary elements in the Fertile Crescent, to medieval societies, to the cybernetics revolution of our present day. Emphasis is given to the historiography of education in several contexts.

ADL730Sociology of Education

This course examines the school and university systems as well as other educational organizations, from a social and cultural perspective. Issues related to social, economic, and demographic changes are emphasized.

ADL739Ethical Issues in Education

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.

Higher Education Specialization Core (12)

HED713Teaching and Learning at the University level

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, ethnic, and cultural factors and their impact on teaching at the collegiate level. The course covers a variety of teaching and learning styles and gives the students an opportunity to participate in classroom teaching.

HED726Governance of Higher Education

Analysis of colleges and universities as social organizations with special emphasis on issues of administration, organization, and leadership in higher education.

HED730Higher Education and the Law

Analyses the legal structure of higher education including religion, academic freedom, employment, due process, student rights, accreditation issues, desegregation, tort liability, and other issues.

HED745Seminar in Higher Education Administration

Provides students the opportunity to pursue an integrative experience, under the direction of an instructor, an area of interest in higher education administration leadership. Students will share findings in a seminar setting.

Electives (6)

ADL713Program Planning & Exploration

Overviews how to use a systematic planning process to set priorities; provides an organized approach to policy development and program implementation; and describes evaluation procedures.

EDU750Leadership Exploration & Expression

This course will assist students in developing a framework for acceptable academic writing. As such, students will be engaged in evaluating journal articles; developing a topical outline in relation to their topic of interest and/or research question; and writing a literature review in preparation for dissertation work and/or specific publications.

HED646College Student Development

This survey course will introduce participants to many of the theories of development that inform student affairs practice. Students will be exposed to the four major categories of college student development theory which include: 1) cognitive-structural, 2) psychosocial, 3) typological, and 4) person-environment. Given that these four categories represent a high degree of breadth, students will become acquainted with each of these areas. Individual theories and their application to higher education will be broadly explored.

Research Foundations (18)

HSE703Philosophy of Science and Theory Development

A critical analysis of philosophy of science and epistemology as applicable to theory development in the human science disciplines.

HSE705Qualitative Methods of Inquiry

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.

HSE706Advanced Qualitative Methods

Seminar discussions of qualitative readings to facilitate an advanced understanding of the qualitative perspective in nursing, education, and social work research. This course is specifically designed to assist students in particular methods for research and practice implications. In depth analysis distinguishes this course from first qualitative course. Prerequisite: HSE 705.

HSE707Quantitative Methods of Inquiry

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-based tools with applications to world problems. Prerequisite: HSE 703.

HSE708Advanced Quantitative Methods

Builds on principles of measurement, design and sampling presented in HSE 707. Students learn to code, organize, reduce, and analyze quantitative data, and to interpret and report results. Emphasis on a variety of common statistical procedures, the assumptions underlying each, and the criteria for selecting them. Prerequisite: HSE 707.

EDU701Advanced Study in Education Research: Quasi-Experimental Design & Analysis

Offers opportunities to pursue a research project with the guidance of an advisor in areas of special interest to the student; approval of program advisor required.

Dissertation (6)

ADL798Dissertation Seminar