Course Descriptions

Doctor of Education


EDD 6102
E-Folio
0 credits

This course provides access to the electronic portfolio housed on TaskStream, and is required for all students enrolled in a Graduate Program in the College of Education. E-folio is a non-credit course and does not meet as a regular class. Registration for the course requires a one-time fee which provides students with access to the electronic portfolio for a period of six years. Students must (1) enroll in this course at the beginning of their program and (2) open the course on Blackboard and follow the instructions to activate their TaskStream account. Throughout your program, assignments, documents, and artifacts from designated courses will be placed into the electronic portfolio. Completion of the portfolio is a graduation requirement.


EDD 7000
Experiential Learning: Leadership Issues
3 credits

This course is experiential in nature and focuses on leadership and group process. Students will acquire and apply knowledge, skills, and feelings in an immediate and relevant setting. Topics include: examining core values in the leadership process, group problem solving, leadership styles, decision-making, power and influence, conflict management, ethical dilemmas, and community building. The outcome of the course will include an initial plan for the internship.


EDD 7100
Curriculum Engineering
3 credits

The purpose of this course is to examine the roles leaders play in the curriculum design process and in removing barriers to teaching and learning.


EDD 7101
Pluralistic Communities: Administrative Issues
3 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide an historical and philosophical overview of policy issues in leadership. Premise: Insights into contemporary learning communities can be obtained by examining their antecedents. Particular emphasis is placed on issues of: 1) Governance - Who influences learning organizations and how? 2) Equity and democracy in learning organizations - How have learning organizations responded to diversity? 3) The individual moral and ethical reasons for becoming a leader - Who should be our leaders?


EDD 7105
Leadership, Equity, and Educational Law
3 credits

This course will focus on ethical and legal issues that arise in educational systems. Its purpose is to provide leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to deal effectively with legal problems, including the ability to practice “preventive law” and to consider creative ways to address problems.


EDD 7106
Disciplined Inquiry I
3 credits

The purpose of this introductory two-course sequence is to further students’ understandings of types of data available to leaders and skills needed to read and interpret that data in multiple ways in order to be an effective leader. The course will help students develop skills which will enable them to become reflective practitioners, critical thinkers, and informed consumers of educational research literature.


EDD 7107
Disciplined Inquiry II
3 credits

The main focus of the second of this two-course sequence (EDD7106 and EDD7107) is to offer students additional tools that will be useful in becoming critical consumers of educational research literature and competent applied problem-centered practitioners. Students will continue to develop a specific set of methods of inquiry that may be applied to the problem each has identified.


EDD 7108
Curriculum Leadership in Higher Education
3 credits

The purpose of this course is to examine the roles that higher educational leaders play in the curriculum design process and in removing barriers to teaching and learning in higher education. Among the topics discussed in this course will be Teaching Philosophy and Approaches, Curriculum Structure, Instructional Models, and Student Assessment. Emphasis will be placed on developing well-defined learning objectives within an organized curriculum; structuring learning units in a logical, sequential order; constructing assessments that enhance student learning; and implementing a variety of instructional strategies to promote student mastery of course performance objectives.


EDD 7200
Supervisory Behavior
3 credits

The purpose of this course is to help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and sustain an organization’s culture that is conducive to teaching and learning. This course will also help leaders to identify their own supervisory behaviors so that they may adjust and control those behaviors that best serve the organization. The course explores directive, collaborative, and non-directive approaches to supervision.


EDD 7201
Managing Human and Material Resources
3 credits

This course examines the following broad topics: personnel administration, negotiations, and contract and facilities management. Recruitment, selection and training of employees, motivation, morale, welfare and benefits, record keeping and its legal aspects are considered. The processes of negotiation, contract language issues, and simulation experiences for both certified and classified employee groups will be covered. Students will also learn how to identify, mobilize, and direct available resources to improve an organization.


EDD 7202
Leadership Dynamics and Data-Driven Decision Making
3 credits

This course examines how data can be used in decision-making processes that support the educational visions and missions of learning organizations. Students will learn to identify data that are relevant to educational vision and mission, to analyze the data and use the results to support institutional purposes, and to make recommendations for change.


EDD 7204
The Art of Leadership
3 credits

The purpose of this course is to examine past and current research theory and philosophy relative to leadership development. It explores leadership theory and models to help students understand and prepare for future leadership roles. This course will also explore some of the major paradigms and paradoxes of organizational change and educational reform. Using basic principles of organizational behavior, this course explores how context matters to the sites engaged in change by investigating an organization - its history, culture, and particular factors that influence how it operates when engaged in systematic reform or improvement efforts.


EDD 7206
Leadership Issues in Higher Education
3 credits

Issues in Higher Education is designed for doctoral students to develop an understanding of the role of contemporary higher education in the United States and its importance as a social, economic and political force in today’s society. The course is organized so students can reflect on institutions of higher education as a professional area in which to be employed. Higher education issues studied include leadership, curriculum, instruction and assessment, finance, student affairs and safety. Two year, four year and graduate institutions will be discussed.


EDD 7208
Adult Development and Leadership
3 credits

Leadership and Adult Development is designed for doctoral students to develop an understanding of the role leaders play when they effectively work with adults who represent various generations and a multiplicity of other diversities. The course will look at adult development theory, the ages and stages of adulthood and the importance of understanding the perspectives of adults from different generations, varied cultures and other diversities. The role of work in adults’ lives will be discussed along with the importance of being an adult lifelong learner. The importance of effective communications skills and conflict management will be emphasized in this course also.


EDD 7209
Innovation & Leadership
3 credits

This course is designed to facilitate creative and critical thinking in order to create a "culture of innovation" in the organizational environment. Motivating people towards a vision is an important aspect of keeping an organization fresh and growing and this class will help students develop that creative "seed" as well as the necessary applications for the organizational environment.


EDD 7210
Leadership & Communication
3 credits

This course focuses on the primary tool that all Leaders must possess in order to be effective and efficient in their organizational environments, the ability to communicate. It weaves together specific skills that all leaders should strive to develop to include "storytelling", public communications, the ability to navigate through organizational politics and how to build a "learning organization".


EDD 7211
Culture, Structure, & Leadership Succession
3 credits

All leaders must understand the relationship between culture and structure in their organizational environments. This class will help students build the necessary skill sets to utilize culture and structure to their advantage in building a successful organization and succession plan.


EDD 7212
Organizational Learning & Leadership
3 credits

This class is designed to help leaders transform their organizations into "Learning Communities". Students will learn the necessary skill sets to become organizational consultants, to properly design training and development programs for their staff as well as professional growth options for their staff.


EDD 7300
Policy Systems/Analysis, Evaluation, and Implementation
3 credits

Leaders operate in a complex web of political relationships within organizations, between organizations and their communities, and across levels of government. This course is designed to aid leaders in becoming more effective actors within this web of political relationships. It draws its intellectual base from research and theory in political science and public policy with application through case study and student projects.


EDD 7301
Finance, Resource Development and Implementation
3 credits

Finance functions, including development of budgets, purchasing, accounting, insurance, transportation and current problems in handling the business office are examined in this course. Building design, construction, maintenance, life-cycle costing, and finance will also be covered.


EDD 7303
Policy and Planning in Higher Education
3 credits

Leaders operate in a complex web of political relationships within organizations, between organizations and their communities, and across levels of government. This course is designed to aid leaders in higher education in becoming more effective actors within this web of political relationships. It draws its intellectual base from research and theory in political science and public policy with application through case study and student projects.


EDD 7304
Planning, Budgeting & the Higher Education Finance Process
3 credits

This course examines the process of budgeting, including development of budgets, purchasing, accounting, insurance, transportation and current problems in the higher education finance process. In addition, the planning process to include revenue sources such as student seat count, state and federal funding sources and funds raised through the development process and others will be explored.


EDD 7402
Problem-Centered Research I
3 credits

This course will prepare students to analyze data and draw meaningful conclusions while recognizing the limitations of the data and the procedures employed. Students will explore the nuances of various inquiry methods, especially those most useful in action research settings. The catalyst of these examinations will be each student’s proposed problem, with this course focusing on refining inquiry questions and exploring ways of addressing the problem that will lead to their capstone doctoral learning experience. Students in the Educational Leadership concentration will only take EDD 7402. EDD 7402 is a PreRequisite for EDD 7403 for students in the Organizational Leadership Concentration.


EDD 7403
Problem-Centered Research II
3 credits

This course is the second of two courses designed to prepare students to analyze data and draw meaningful conclusions while recognizing the limitations of the data and the procedures employed. The course will explore what sound research means and how design choices influence the validity/credibility of research findings and conclusions. Students will continue to develop their proposal/design framework and will receive on-going assistance in developing their research proposals.


EDD 8102
Leadership Practicum
3 credits

The purpose of this practicum is to provide students with problem-based experiences regarding the major tasks and activities of leadership.


EDD 8103
Internship
3 credits

The purpose of this faculty/student-planned extensive field experience is to have students engage in meaningful learning experiences that complement their program coursework and provide a broad application overview of the work of a senior-level leader.


EDD 8104
Field Experience and Portfolio Assessment
3 credits

The purpose of this field experience is to complete and finalize the professional portfolio with examples of work from leadership assessment, career development field experience, and coursework as related to each of the standards.


EDD 9000
Dissertation Project
3 credits

This course involves extensive work by the student with advisement from a faculty member. A pre-arranged plan of the project must be completed and be reviewed and approved by the student’s advisor and one other committee member. This work may involve extensive on-going research/writing by the student on a research project or in topic inquiry with advising from one or more faculty members. The student will evaluate the impact of the project and share the results with colleagues. Students who have not completed their dissertations at the conclusion of EDD 9002 will register for EDD 9004 on a continuing basis in order to receive academic advisement and to remain in good standing in the program.


EDD 9001
Dissertation Project
3 credits

This course involves extensive work by the student with advisement from a faculty member. A pre-arranged plan of the project must be completed and be reviewed and approved by the student’s advisor and one other committee member. This work may involve extensive on-going research/writing by the student on a research project or in topic inquiry with advising from one or more faculty members. The student will evaluate the impact of the project and share the results with colleagues. Students who have not completed their dissertations at the conclusion of EDD 9002 will register for EDD 9004 on a continuing basis in order to receive academic advisement and to remain in good standing in the program.


EDD 9002
Dissertation Project
3 credits

This course involves extensive work by the student with advisement from a faculty member. A pre-arranged plan of the project must be completed and be reviewed and approved by the student’s advisor and one other committee member. This work may involve extensive on-going research/writing by the student on a research project or in topic inquiry with advising from one or more faculty members. The student will evaluate the impact of the project and share the results with colleagues. Students who have not completed their dissertations at the conclusion of EDD 9002 will register for EDD 9004 on a continuing basis in order to receive academic advisement and to remain in good standing in the program.


EDD 9004
Dissertation Project
0 credits

This course involves extensive work by the student with advisement from a faculty member. A pre-arranged plan of the project must be completed and be reviewed and approved by the student’s advisor and one other committee member. This work may involve extensive on-going research/writing by the student on a research project or in topic inquiry with advising from one or more faculty members. The student will evaluate the impact of the project and share the results with colleagues. Students who have not completed their dissertations at the conclusion of EDD 9002 will register for EDD 9004 on a continuing basis in order to receive academic advisement and to remain in good standing in the program.