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Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies

Course Descriptions



Foundation Courses for Core Group 1

ED 805: Diversity and Social Justice (3 hrs). Models, theories, and skills for understanding diversity with emphasis on human rights and equitable opportunities for all people.

ED 810: Quantitative Research Methods (3 hrs). Integrated coverage of fundamentals in the general field of educational research. Includes statistics, experimental design, and data analysis.

ED 815: Qualitative Research Methods (3 hrs). Integrated coverage of philosophical, historical, sociological, and other fundamentals in the general field of educational research. In-depth study of naturalistic inquiry.

ED 820: Leadership Theory and Development (3 hrs). Principles, theories, attributes, and skills related to development of formal and informal leaders. Candidates' reflection of themselves as leaders will be guided by finds from research and personal experience.

ED 824: Management of Complex Organizations (3 hrs). Explores both traditional and contemporary theories of organizations. Links organizational theory and behavior to leadership and requires an analysis of the major issues. Elements of the course include: fundamental theory and principles of quality in the design of management systems; the role of process in improving organizations and in process-based management; principals and techniques of continuous quality improvement and the use of quality tools to understand, analyze and improve systems and processes.

ED 844 - Strategic Resource allocation and Development (3 hrs). Organizational leaders are often tasked with balancing resources between existing and proposed projects. In this module participants learn how to identify their organization's resource capability and capacity while determining how to balance them based on future demand. They will also learn the importance of processes in resource allocation decision making.


Other Leadership Studies courses in the following areas will be posted by 2015: Quantitative Data Collection Methods/Analysis, Proposal Development, Policy Analysis and Development, Program Evaluation, Culture, Climate, and Change Leadership; Power, Politics, and Influence in Organizations.


COGNATE COURSES (18 hours, including the 3-hour Internship)

Five courses will be chosen per the relevant career needs/goals of each candidate with approval by his/her advisor and doctoral committee. Courses will typically be chosen from 700-level courses with the following prefixes: BADM, EDL, HCAD, ISDS, MADM, MGMT, NPA, or PUBH.

Option 1: Business Administration 1. See MADM 701, MADM 710, MADM 720, and MADM 760. 

Option 2: Business Administration 2. See BADM 700, BADM 701, ACCT 701, ECON 705, FIN 701, FIN 710. 

Option 3: Educational Leadership. See EDL 700, EDL 701, EDL 702, EDL 707, EDL 710, EDL 711, EDL 712, EDL 713.

Option 4: Educational Technology. See ED 785, ED 786, ED 787, ED 788, ED 789. This selection includes potential for licensure/certification add-ons/endorsements for a Louisiana teacher. Contact the EDDLS Program Director for details.

Option 5: Health Administration. See HCAD 730, HCAD 731, HCAD 750, HCAD 760, HCAD 780.

Option 6: Nonprofit Administration. See NPA 702, NPA 703, NPA 708, NPA 710, NPA 734, NPA 761, NPA 762, NPA 763, NPA 764, NPA 780.

Option 7: Public Health. See PUBH 701, PUBH 702, PUBH 703, PUBH 707, PUBH 709, PUBH 713.

Option 8: Other courses to be selected from 700-level offerings in these and other departments at LSUS as related to leadership or a cognate concentration.