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College of Education: Preparing Teachers and Education Professionals

Department of Higher, Adult, and Counselor Education


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Program Requirements for the EdD in Higher Education Leadership

The doctor of education in educational leadership (EdD) degree is designed to develop skills and abilities for individuals to resolve educational issues and problems. Program studies center around building student capabilities to evaluate , assess, and direct progress in higher education environments and include leadership theory, human resource development, organizational theory, policy development and analysis, law ethics, evaluation and assessment. The concentration in higher education prepares senior level administrators for leadership positions in public and private, two and four year institutions. A minimum of 60-semester hours beyond a master's degree is required. Requirements include a research-based dissertation completed under the direction of an appropriate faculty member, as well as a supervised internship experience. This degree does not lead to licensure. Individuals interested in licensure for public schools should investigate the public school Leadership K-12 program offered by the Department of Educational Leadership.

The degree requires 60 s.h. of credit as follows:

Education Leadership Core(18 s.h.)

LDHE 8010 – Organizational Theory & Culture

LDHE 8015 – Seminar in Human Resource Development

LDHE 8035 – Educational Leadership

LDHE 8040 – Policy Development and Analysis

LDHE 8050 – Ethics in Educational Leadership

LDHE 8060- Program Evaluation & Assessment

Higher Education Concentration (12 s.h.)

LDHE 8027 – Seminar in Higher Education Law

LDHE 8047 – Student Development in Higher Education

LDHE 8070 – History and Philosophy of Higher Education

LDHE 8080 – Finance in Higher Education

Electives (6 s.h.) – chosen in consultation with advisor.

Research (12 s.h.)

LDHE 8410 – Advanced Research in Educational Leadership

LDHE 8420 – Quantitative Research in Educational Leadership

LDHE 8430 – Qualitative Research in Educational Leadership

LDHE 8440 – Applied Research Design in Educational Leadership

Internship (6 s.h.)

LDHE- 8991 – Supervised Field Internship

LDHE - 8992 - Research Internship

Dissertation (6 s.h. minimum)

LDHE  - 9000 

Course descriptions are available in the Graduate Catalog.

Students must successfully complete a qualifying review, proposal defense, and dissertation defense in order to qualify for degree conferral. 

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