Doctor of Education Core Courses

Doctoral Courses
The following courses are offered in the doctoral program.


Required Core Courses (27 credits)

EDDC 801 - Ethical Leadership (3)
Designed to introduce doctoral students to the principles, trends, and issues related to ethics in leadership. Students approach decisions in the context of an ethical, moral framework and draw on the rich traditions of great thinkers within an extensive body of leadership literature.

EDDC 802 - Communication Theory, Practice, & Technology (3)
Broad-based study of spoken, written, and multimedia communications designed to prepare leaders who can collaborate and engage others to improve student achievement. Exploration of diverse multicultural perspectives and global issues as well as experience of the complexity of views and perceptions will be foundational elements of the course.

EDDC 803 - Organizational Development & Change Theory (3)
Develop an understanding of the multiple approaches to the study of organizations and center on organizational theory in the explanation of structure, change, and behavior. Provide models to facilitate change to improve organizational effectiveness. Theoretical models underlying all organizations and their implications in higher education are examined.

EDDC 804 - Writing for Professional Publication and for Grant Writing (3)
Expand student's understanding of the steps in developing the skills for professional writing. Included are the skills needed to organize information and to utilize research sites to obtain the background information necessary to assist in the writing of articles for publication. Procedures for grant writing are integral to the course.

EDDC 811 - Research I: Quantitative Research (3)
Designed to assist students to develop proficiency in quantitative methodology and analysis involving descriptive and inferential statistics. The student will relate specific quantitative research questions and hypothesis to appropriate statistical procedures. An examination of ethics involved in research will be an integral component of the approach to quantitative methodology.

EDDC 812 - Research II: Qualitative Research (3)
Designed to assist students to develop proficiency in qualitative methodology. Theoretical and practical examination of qualitative methods will enable students to gain experience in employing these techniques and analyses. Data collection methods such as field notes, coding, observations, and interviews are examined. Emphasis is placed on ethical standards.

EDDC 813 - Advanced Research (3)
Doctoral candidates may choose quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method design relevant to his or her concentration with emphasis in field settings. Competencies related to methodology and the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data are developed. Writing a prospectus will be the foundation for the Dissertation Proposal Course.

EDDC 814 - Research Seminar: Proposal First Three Chapters (3)
After successful completion of the comprehensive examination and the approval of the Director, doctoral candidates will develop the essential components of their dissertation proposal including ethical research practices and the development of the first three chapters of the dissertation. The proposal must be accepted by their Chairperson and Committee.

EDDC 899 - Statistics for Doctoral Students (3)
Focuses on measures of central tendency, variability, standard scores, correlation probability, sampling techniques, tests of hypotheses, "t" test, chi square, distribution-free statistics, and analysis of variance.

Advanced Required Courses for Educational Leadership, Literacy, and Professional Studies Concentration (15 credits)

EDDC 821 - Building Community Relations (3)
Provide students with a comprehensive view of the workings between school and community leaders and a School Board. The student will attend and observe three different School Boards and identify significant issues. The students will interview various stakeholders and reflect on the contents of meeting and the interviews.

EDDC 822 - Leadership in Education Seminar (3)
School and Community Systems are ever changing and require superintendents, educational leaders, and community leaders to be current on a myriad of topics, processes, and legislations. Seminars led by prominent experts will provide current information on critical and timely issues that can be integrated immediately into one's daily routine.

EDDC 831 - Ethical Issues in Literacy (3)
Provides a more in-depth understanding of the ethical standards for literacy and leadership and how to apply them to case study material. Students will interview school leaders concerning real world issues, problems, and dilemmas in literacy. They will develop solutions collaboratively grounded in ethical leadership principles and research.

EDDC 834 - Leadership in a Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Society (3)
Prepares school and community leaders to understand issues surrounding the education of English Language Learners [ELLs] and to work with parents and all stakeholders. Students will engage in an improvement program project for schools or community agencies promoting cultural awareness and knowledge.

EDDC 841 - Leadership and Special Education (3)
Because issues surrounding special education are so powerful and the stakes for students are so high, school leaders must understand the legal and ethical issues involved. School reform, overrepresentation, funding, inclusion, and family involvement are explored via readings and analysis.

Letter of Eligibility: Superintendency Certification (12 credits)

EDDC 823 - Leadership Internship I (3)
Provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and competence in applying the fundamental concepts of school and community administration during a 180 hour internship in which they will work directly with a school superintendent in a school district or intermediate unit outside each candidate's primary area of experience.

EDDC 824 - Leadership Internship II (3)
Provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and competence in applying the fundamental concepts of school and community administration during a 180 hour internship in which they will work directly with a school superintendent in a school district or intermediate unit outside each candidate's primary area of experience.

EDDC 842 - Perspectives on the Education of Students with Low Incidence/Significant Disabilities Seminar (3)
Multiple perspectives in the education of children with low-incidence and/or significant disabilities will be examined. Site visits enable analysis of settings in which these children are educated, observing the provision of supports and services in the light of mission, best practices, challenges, student needs, and collaboration.

EDDC 843 - Instructional and Management Strategies for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
Provides theoretical, methodological, and applicable information in the management and instruction of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] or exhibiting characteristics of a student with ASD. School and community leaders will be introduced to structure, literacy, and technology strategies in the teaching and management of students with ASD.

Professional Studies Electives (12 credits)
Chosen from Approved Interdisciplinary Course List or Other Courses by Approval of Entire Dissertation Committee and Program Director

Literacy Electives (12 credits)
Chosen from Approved Interdisciplinary Course List or Other Courses by Approval of Entire Dissertation Committee and Program Director

Capstone Research Experiences (6 credits)

EDDC 901 - Dissertation I (3)
After the acceptance of the doctoral candidate's dissertation proposal, the candidate will proceed with the writing and actual research of the dissertation. This work must represent original, independent scholarship that is significant to the discipline. The Dissertation Chairperson and committee members provide guidance during the dissertation completion process.

EDDC 902 - Dissertation II (3)
The dissertation is the culmination of the doctoral program and must demonstrate a high degree of scholarship and significance to the candidate's area of professional studies. The final product must attest to the candidate's ability to conduct original research. The dissertation must be defended before the candidate's committee for approval.

EDDC 999 - Dissertation Continuation (3 credits each semester for students who do not complete their dissertation within the first six credits)
The dissertation is the culmination of the doctoral program and must demonstrate a high degree of scholarship and significance to the candidate's area of professional studies. The final product must attest to the candidate's ability to conduct original research. The dissertation must be defended before the candidate's committee for approval.