Doctor of Education: Educational Leadership (Higher Education)

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program with a concentration in Higher Education is designed to prepare students for post-secondary leadership roles in community colleges, liberal arts colleges, as well as teaching and research universities. The Program's goal is to produce leaders who can effectively manage and formulate change while successfully navigating the forces inherent to higher education. 

Doctor of Education – Education Leadership (Higher Education) Program Curriculum

Level One (15 Credits) Required for Qualifying Exam
GE-805Organizational Behavior and Leadership3
GE-807Statistics I 13
GE-809Research Design and Methods 13
GE-822Historical Trends in Higher Education3
GE-825Ethical Foundations and Social Responsibility3
Qualifying Examination
Level Two (24 Credits) Required for Comprehensive Exam
GE-801Curriculum Development and Instruction3
GE-811Qualitative Research Design and Analysis3
GE-839Statistics II 13
GE-864Administration and Governance of Higher Education3
GE-866Enrollment Management and Marketing3
GE-868Student Development and Programming3
GE-874Finance, Budgeting and Resource Allocation in Higher Education3
GE-876Accountability: Assessment, Accreditation and Institutional Research3
Comprehensive Examination
Level Three (9 Credits)9
Dissertation Seminar I 1
Dissertation Seminar II
Total Credits48

Denotes Research classes

Matriculation Process

Doctoral students will be considered for matriculation after completing 12 professional foundation concentration course credits, 3 research course credits, and successfully passing a qualifying examination. Students must successfully pass the written qualifying examination before taking additional doctoral credits. A grade of 80 or above is required for each of the six questions in order to pass the qualifying exam. The professional concentration courses will consist of GE-822 Historical Trends in Higher Education, GE-805 Organizational Behavior and Leadership, and GE-825 Ethical Foundations and Social Responsibility. The research courses include GE-807 Statistics I, GE-839 Statistics II, and GE-809 Research Design and Methods.

Advancement to Candidacy

Prior to receiving formal approval to work on their dissertations, doctoral students must advance to candidacy by successfully completing all course work except Dissertation I and II and passing a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive exam’s design, two content questions plus a research and statistics question, is focused on assessing the candidates’ academic and scholarly ability by having them select possible solutions to practical problems and situations. Students will receive a grade of either Pass or Fail.

Policy on Failure

Any student who fails the Qualifying or Comprehensive Examination will be provided with a single opportunity to retake the exam. Any student who fails the retake examination shall be dismissed from the program.

Completion Requirements

In addition to holding a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, the requirements of the program include:

  1. Admission to the program.
  2. Matriculation accomplishment.
  3. Advancement to candidacy.
  4. Successful completion of 48 graduate credits at the doctorate level.
  5. Nine graduate credits related to educational leadership could be transferred into the program in consultation with the Dean.
  6. Completion of 15 foundations credits (including 3 research credits) and 27 professional concentration credits.
  7. Successful oral defense of a doctoral-level dissertation.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of nine (9) graduate credits of equivalent course work could be transferred from other accredited universities. A minimum grade of 3.0 (B) is required in such courses. Transfer credit is granted by petition to and approval by the Dean. It is the student's responsibility to initiate the petition and justify the acceptance of the courses. The Dean will determine whether the courses are equivalent. Transfer credit is by permission only and not an obligation of the University.

Time Limitation

Students who do not successfully complete all degree requirements, including successful completion of the dissertation, for the Ed.D. within eight calendar years from the date of acceptance shall be withdrawn from the program.