Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
The Doctor of Education program is designed to expand the knowledge of students while adding to the profession through high-quality research and applied scholarship. This program allows students 21 credit hours to define their own path by specializing in a desired area such as:
- Higher Educational Administration
- Superintendent or Principal Certification
- Educational Technology
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Higher Education Teaching Field
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Students in the Ed.D. program will progress through the 2.5 years of coursework as part of a cohort. Research suggests that students who engage in cohort-based doctoral programs complete the doctoral degrees at higher rates than individualized programs.
Designed with you in mind.
The Ed.D. program is specifically tailored to the full-time working professional. Courses are delivered via a hybrid model, alternating between online and face-to-face. This provides students the opportunity to work when and where it is convenient while also maintaining the interaction and networking opportunities that are crucial to success.
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Students in the Doctoral program will:
- Understand the importance of "Closing the Gaps" in the targeted areas of the educational processes in Texas and be prepared to contribute to the attainment of those goals in meaningful ways.
- Apply administrative theory to the educational leadership process.
- Collect and analyze student performance data to meet/exceed educational accountability standards.
- Set goals, assign responsibilities and verify how well resources are allocated and utilized in instructional improvements.
- Develop and administer the curriculum of a school or university with special attention to critical fields of study and preparation for seamless transitions to future educational levels.
- Use appropriate communication and interpersonal skills in consultation, addressing and assessing and/or appraising.
- Articulate and utilize the relationships among federal, state, and local education agencies, laws and policies to close the gaps in educational outcomes.
- Utilize appropriate management functions in administering special programs for special populations.
- Effectively use established educational research and conduct applied research appropriate to their setting.
- Apply data to modify educational programs using appropriate leadership styles.
- Develop positive organizational cultures that build collaboration and collegiality.
Within two months of completing my Doctorate with Tarleton State University, I had a high level job position in the field of education. The degree definitely opened doors. I use all aspects of what the program taught me in my daily activities. This degree opened the possibilities for me to start higher up on the career ladder and prepared me to succeed in every facet of my current position.
Kerry Schindler, Ed.D.
Leadership Core - 27 Semester Hours
|EDAD||6310||Historical and Theoretical Foundations in Educational Leadership|
|EDAD||6111||Critical Issues in Educational Leadership|
|EDAD||6314||Philosophy and Ethics in Educational Leadership|
|EDAD||6321||Education Law and Policy|
|EDAD||6322||Data Analysis and School Improvement|
|EDAD||6323||Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership|
|EDAD||6324||Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership|
|EDAD||6330||Educational Governance and Policies|
|EDAD||6385||Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership|
Research Tools - 12 Semester Hours
|EDAD||6313||Statistical Methods in Educational Leadership|
|EDAD||6112||Methods of Educational Research|
|EDAD||6325||Methods of Inquiry I|
|EDAD||6331||Methods of Inquiry II|
Specialization/Cognate Area - 21 Semester Hours
In the specialization area, the student will work with his/her doctoral advisor to establish a program supportive of his/her professional goals and doctoral objectives. A minimum of 21 hours may be selected from the educational administration electives or other appropriate graduate coursework.