Doctor of Education Courses

Doctoral Courses

The following courses are offered in the doctoral program.

Research Core Courses (15 credits)

EDDC 805 - 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.

EDDC 806 – Introduction to Applied Research (3)
Designed to provide guidance in the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of research reports and methods commonly used in education and the social sciences. Students will apply this knowledge in a written project as they identify a research area of interest, prepare a literature review, develop researchable questions, and identify appropriate data collection and analysis procedures to answer the questions

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.

Leadership Core Courses (18 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 Structure, Grant Writing & 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 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 in an Inclusive Society (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.

EDDC 850 - Program Assessment and Evaluation (3)
Provides an in-depth overview of program assessment and evaluation concepts and considerations. The focus is on applying the theoretical concepts to real-life situations.

Professional Studies (12 credits)

In close consultation with the student's advisor and the permission of the doctoral program faculty, the student will choose a field of interest and establish a sequence of courses which will meet his or her goals.

Students have the options of pursuing course sequences that qualifies them to apply for PA Principal Certification or Superintendent Letter of Eligibility. Consult the Doctoral Student Handbook for details on the Professional Studies option.

Dissertation Courses (minimum of 9 credits)

EDDC 901 - Dissertation I (3)

EDDC 902 - Dissertation II (3)

EDDC 903 - Dissertation III (3)

EDDC 998 - Dissertation Continuation I
3 credits each semester for students who do not complete their dissertation within the first 9 credits.

EDDC 999 - Dissertation Continuation II
1 credit each semester for students who have attained final approval of their written dissertation but have not received their final APA formatting approval or Pro Quest submission.