Course Descriptions for Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership
Leadership Core ED 610 Ethics for Educational Leaders (3 credits)
This course focuses on the principles, practices and issues related to ethics in educational leadership within a variety of institutional settings. The ethical dimensions of leadership will be examined through both traditional and nontraditional paradigms. Students will reflect on personal ethical stances, examine the influence of ethics and values on decision-making, and analyze and critique ethical issues in a variety of contexts to frame their professional ethical perspectives.
ED 614 Leadership for Contemporary Educational Reform (3 credits)
This course explores different strategies for bringing about change leading to institutional improvement and reform. Current trends in curriculum and instruction are examined with a focus on research-based practices that are proven to be effective and sustainable. Students will consider the many critical factors that shape and influence efforts to bring about reform in educational institutions, including vision, culture and climate, group dynamics, decision-making and communication processes, change theory, and influences of internal and external social systems. Special attention is given to the educational leader’s role in building organizational capacity to change.
ED 616 Public Relations: Issues and Trends for Educational Leaders (3 credits)
This course will focus on understanding contemporary public relations issues and trends with emphasis on public relations in educational institutions, changes in society and in educational institutions, public opinions, and political contexts; understanding of public relations relative to public relations’ theory and practice, legal and ethical aspects, technology, and public relations in a communication context; learning about educational leadership responsibilities relative to planning in public relations; setting goals and developing strategies, working with the media, responding to crisis, collecting and analyzing decision-oriented data, public relations in a funding campaign, and evaluating public relations programs.
ED 632 Cognition and Learning (3 credits)
This course covers the fundamentals of perception, memory, thinking, and emotion that collectively comprise human learning. This foundation of learning is what instruction, administration, and technology must support to promote student achievement. The last twenty-five years of brain research into learning styles, motivation, and learning science will be used to deduce sound learning and teaching practice.
Educational Leadership Specialization: 30 credits
Technology Leadership Strand ED 623 Educational Technology Leadership (3 credits)
This course will focus on how to organize and provide leadership in instructional technology programs, facilities and resource management, including technological in-service training programs. This course will also include the laws and regulations that govern the selection and utilization of media, sources for funding, and collaboration on development of a grant proposal.
ED 635 Integrating Technology for Diverse Learners (3 credits)
The course will examine best practices for integrating technology into curricular planning and instructional design for all learners.
ED 640 Instructional Design and Development (3 credits)
In this course students will analyze various theories of Instructional design through research and application.
ED 643 Trends and Innovations in Instructional Technology (3 credits)
This course will explore the present trends and future vision of technology as influenced by its foundations. Factors that are likely to influence the future of the instructional technology will be explored, such as distance education and virtual environments.
ED 645 Technology Supported Assessment (3 credits)
Students will research and explore traditional methods of educational assessment and consider ways that technology can be used to augment assessment to enhance best practices for teaching and learning.
Curriculum Leadership Strand ED 625 Professional Development & Supervision (3 credits)
This course concentrates on the development and supervision of faculty and staff. A range of models of supervision that can be applied in all educational institutions, such as clinical and differentiated supervision, will be examined for their effectiveness in improving instructional performance. Case studies will be utilized to gain understanding of supervision and evaluation processes. The management and design of induction and professional development programs will be analyzed. The laws and policies that govern these programs, as well as employee rights and termination procedures, will be studied.
ED 629 Strategic Thinking & Planning (3 credits)
Students will learn about a variety of strategic planning models. Students will be provided detailed guidance on implementing the planning process and will acquire specific knowledge and skills to make the planning process work successfully in any organization.
ED 650 Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (3 credits)
This course is designed to assist practicing school leaders to implement, analyze and monitor the various processes and components of a comprehensive curriculum, instruction and assessment system in a school. Current methods of curriculum and program design, development, and evaluation will be studied. Implications for supporting and sustaining high quality instruction and learning will be addressed through the relationships and importance of coherence among curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This course will introduce students to the tools and resources available to fully analyze and utilize data drive decision making. The role of structures for school improvement will be examined, including professional learning communities, supervision and professional development and communication. Students will develop and submit an applied research project in the form of an Action Plan for improving schools based on the current research and evidence of best practices.
ED 651 Curriculum Design and Instructional Models (3 credits)
This course will engage students in the theoretical and practical aspects of curriculum design models and strategies and the critical analysis of the K-12 learning environment in relationship to curriculum implementation, instructional delivery, and educational reform.
ED 657 Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership (3 credits) (Capstone Course for Specialization)
This course is tailored to meet the needs of students who will work as leaders in their classrooms and schools or within various educational institutions or professional organizations. A research-based applied project related to educational leadership, a review of the related literature, as well as the compilation of a Leadership Competency Portfolio will be required. Prerequisites: Completion of Ed.D. Leadership core and Instructional Leadership courses. Department permission required.
ED 683 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (3 credits)
Students will develop a greater depth of knowledge related to qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research with some levels of application. Data collection and analysis techniques and software will be examined.
ED 685 Advanced Quantitative Methodologies in Educational Research (3 credits)
This course is designed for students who are considering a quantitative study for their dissertation research. The course will provide students with an in-depth study of quantitative research methods and the statistical skills necessary to analyze and evaluate data in quantitative research. Prerequisite: ED 683.
ED 686 Advanced Qualitative Methodologies in Educational Research (3 credits)
This course is designed for students who are considering a qualitative study for their dissertation research. The course will provide students with an in-depth study of qualitative research methods and the skills necessary to analyze and interpret data in qualitative research. Prerequisite: ED 683
ED 697 Dissertation Proposal Seminar (3 credits)
This seminar will provide doctoral students with information on the dissertation process and proposal format and enable them to develop and refine ideas for potential research. This course is to be taken during the last semester of course work in the doctoral program. This course is graded pass/fail. Prerequisites: Successful completion of doctoral core and major coursework. Department permission required.
ED 698 A & B Dissertation (6 credits) Doctoral students are required to register for six credits of ED 698 (either in one semester - for financial aid eligibility or over two consecutive semesters) to fulfill their individual dissertation requirements under the advisement of their mentor and dissertation chair. Prerequisites: ED 697 Dissertation Proposal Seminar and passing Doctoral Comprehensive Examination. Department permission required.
ED 698 C Dissertation Proposal Maintenance (0 credits)
Doctoral students are required to register for three billable credits of ED 698 C each semester (fall and spring) as needed to complete the dissertation proposal under the advisement of the dissertation committee chair until achieving a committee-approved proposal. This course is not graded. Prerequisites: ED 698 A & B Dissertation. Department permission required.
ED 699 Dissertation Maintenance (0 credits)
Doctoral students are required to register for three billable credits of ED 699 each semester (fall and spring) to fulfill their individual dissertation research requirements under the advisement of their dissertation committee chair until the successful completion and defense of the dissertation. This course is not graded. Prerequisites: ED 698 A & B Dissertation. Department permission required.