Educational Leadership, Ed.D - General

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below.  The department website provides an overview of the program, including admission requirements, faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/educational-leadership/programs 

Program Requirements - 63 credits

Students must maintain an Overall GPA and a Program GPA of a 3.2 or higher.

Foundation Course Selections (27 Credits)
EDL 801 – Leadership in Organizations – 3 credits
EDL 803 – Leading Organizational Change – 3 credits
EDL 808 – Leadership for Social Equity – 3 credits
EDL 811 – Educational Policy: Context and Inquiry – 3 credits
EDL 802 – Applications of Leadership & Organizational Development – 3 credits
EDL 804 – Quantitative Methods in Educational Leadership – 3 credits
EDL 805 – Qualitative Methods in Educational Leadership – 3 credits
EDL 825 – Advanced Research Methods – 3 credits
EDL 822 – Research Design & Evaluation I – 3 credits

Area of Specialty (24 Credits)
8 courses at the graduate level with the consent of the student’s faculty advisor. These courses may be from any subject.

Capstone (12 credits)
Proposal Preparation and Defense
EDL 830 – Doctoral Inquiry Seminar I – 3 credits
EDL 831 – Doctoral Inquiry Seminar II – 3 credits (Pass/Fail)
If needed: EDL 901 (1 credit) Continuing Enrollment - not considered part of the 63 credits requirement for the degree.

Doctoral Dissertation
EDL 900 - Dissertation Advisement 1 - 3 credits (Pass/Fail)
EDL 900 - Dissertation Advisement 2 - 3 credits (Pass/Fail)
If needed: EDL 901 (1 credit) Continuing Enrollment - not considered part of the 63 credits requirement for the degree.

Dissertation Proposal, Doctoral Candidacy, the Dissertation, and the Ed.D. Degree

Writing and defending a dissertation proposal is a required component of the doctoral program.  Once a student passes the comprehensive examination and defends the proposal, s/he is granted Doctoral Candidacy and may begin dissertation research.  The dissertation is the culminating component of the doctoral program. Successful defense of the dissertation before a dissertation committee advances a student to graduation eligibility and, if everything is in order, conferring of the Ed.D. Doctoral degree.