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The doctoral program concentration in Organizational Leadership is designed for professional development of specialists, administrators, corporate trainers, and other personnel who desire to become innovative leaders. The Organizational Leadership program prepares students to translate research into effective systems of supervision and leadership. It features a core of studies, a field component, and a dissertation/capstone project. This program of studies meets the needs of private and post-secondary educators, as well as corporate trainers and other professionals.
The program format allows for completion of course work in just over three years, even though students attend classes only once a week. Some classes may also be offered in a "hybrid" format which will include both face to face and on-line instruction. Courses are taught by both full-time and adjunct faculty who are experts in their fields, providing an insight into innovative, leading-edge theories and practices.
Graduates in the Organizational Leadership Concentration of the Ed.D. program are expected to meet the following program competencies through attainment of the competencies detailed in specific course objectives:
The Doctor of Education program in Organizational Leadership is designed to combine theory, practice, and inquiry to enhance students' innovation and leadership skills. The program has three major features. One is a core program of coursework that includes research courses and the flexibility to take up to 15 hours of electives.
A second feature consists of a field component totaling a minimum of nine credit hours. The field component consists of the following courses: EDD 7000, EDD 8102 and EDD 8104 and provides students the opportunity to engage in problem-based experiences outside the college setting that complement their program coursework. During the field component, the student will develop a portfolio that will be the repository that will document their 120-hour field experience. The field component aspect provides the opportunity for the student to apply the knowledge and theory learned in the core courses to the solution of specific problems.
The third feature of the program is a research experience consisting of at least three research courses and the dissertation/capstone project that serves as a culminating activity for all previously completed courses and the field components. Students must be raised to candidacy before beginning the dissertation/capstone component of the program. The doctoral dissertation/capstone project totals nine credit hours. The research should demonstrate the student's design and analytical skills, as well as the student's ability to write for a professional audience.
Candidates are required to register for EDD 6102 E-Folio as the initial course in the program. This course will allow them to document various course requirements needed to satisfy individual program standards and competencies. The E-Folio will also serve as the repository for practicum artifacts and reflections.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2012-2013 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2012 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.