Doctoral Program of Study

The core program is offered in a prescribed sequence in which all doctoral participants are required to engage in doctoral course work as a cohort. The core program is offered via hybrid delivery (face-to-face meetings and Virtual Classroom) and continuous enrollment is required throughout the core program.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

The Ed.D. core program requires successful completion of 27 credit hours in specific competency domains. Due to the rigorous nature of the core program in addition to the participant’s professional practice, enrollment is limited to 6 graduate credit hours (core) unless pre-approved by the Program Director/Advisor. Upon completion of the core, participants concentrate their studies in a subject matter area related to their professional practice through 24 credit hours of elective coursework. Additional degree requirements include the Comprehensive Assessment, the final required course, LEAD 7700: Pre-Dissertation Seminar (3 credit hours), a minimum of 12 total credits of Dissertation research, and successful defense of the Dissertation.

Required Core Courses: (27 credit hours)
LEAD 7100 - Leadership Theory and Transformation
LEAD 7150 - Diffusion of Innovation and Technology
LEAD 7250 - Organizational Theory, Development, and Transformation
LEAD 7340 - Statistics for Research Design and Analysis
LEAD 7350 - Research Methodologies
LEAD 7360 - Research Design and Analysis
LEAD 7400 - Foundations of Human Learning Theories
LEAD 7500 - Learning Models, Design, and Communication
LEAD 7610 - Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment

+ Required Elective Courses (24 credit hours)

+ LEAD 7700r - Pre-Dissertation Seminar (Required 3 credit hours)

+ LEAD 7999 - Dissertation (Required 12 credit hours)

Total EdD degree  = 66 credit hours (minimum)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. core program requires successful completion of 39 credit hours in specific competency domains. Due to the rigorous nature of the core program in addition to the participant’s professional practice, enrollment is limited to 6 graduate credit hours (core) unless pre-approved by the Program Director/Advisor. Upon completion of the core, participants concentrate their studies in a subject matter area related to their professional practice through 18 credit hours of elective coursework. Additional degree requirements include the Comprehensive Assessment, the final required course, LEAD 7700: Pre-Dissertation Seminar (3 credit hours), a minimum of 15 total credits of Dissertation research, and successful defense of the Dissertation.

Required Core Courses: (39 credit hours)
LEAD 7100 - Leadership Theory and Transformation
LEAD 7150 - Diffusion of Innovation and Technology
LEAD 7250 - Organizational Theory, Development, and Transformation
LEAD 7340 - Statistics for Research Design and Analysis
LEAD 7350 - Research Methodologies
LEAD 7360 - Research Design and Analysis
LEAD 7370 – Qualitative Research Design
LEAD 7400 - Foundations of Human Learning Theories
LEAD 7500 - Learning Models, Design, and Communication
LEAD 7610 - Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment
LEAD 7810 – Cognitive Aspects of Decision Making
LEAD 7815 – Ethical Aspects of Decision Making
 LEAD 7820 – Data-Informed Aspects of Decision Making

+ Required Elective Courses (18 credit hours)

+ LEAD 7700r - Pre-Dissertation Seminar (Required 3 credit hours)

+ LEAD 7999 - Dissertation (Required 15 credit hours)

Total PhD degree = 75 credit hours (minimum)