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Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies

Course Descriptions

Foundation Courses for Core Group 1

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

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

ED 815 - Qualitative Research Methods. (3 cr.) 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 cr.) 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 cr.) 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; principles 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 cr.) 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.

Foundation Courses for Core Group 2

ED 817 - Quantitative Data Collection Methods. (3 cr.) Focus on problem identification, determination of appropriate method of inquiry, and analysis and interpretation of quantitative data.

ED 828 - Power, Politics, & Influence of Organizations. (3 cr.) Creation and execution of power relationships, political engagements, and influential communication in organizations.

ED 840 - Program Evaluation. (3 cr.) Models and practices of program evaluation in both public and private sector organizations. Includes data driven decision making.

ED 848 - Culture, Climate, and Change Leadership. (3 cr.) Roles and responsibilities of leaders as change agents within organizations. Topics include the fundamentals of change: principles, practices, processes and resistance strategies; theory, history, characteristics, nature, levels and types of change as well as modern conceptual and integrated models of change.

ED 850 - Policy Analysis & Development. (3 cr.) An analysis of public policy at the federal, state, and local levels, with particular attention to current issues in the political environment with broad, intergovernmental implications.

ED 895 - Proposal Development. (3 cr.) The application of research methods and techniques appropriate to the development of a dissertation. The primary emphasis will be the completion of the dissertation proposal and review of seminal literature in the field of study. Committee is selected and provides input for study.

SUPPORTING AREA INTERNSHIP ED 889 - Internship. (3 cr.) This capstone course provides students with practical hands-on experience in the type of organization where the candidate will be pursuing employment. The course will focus on authentic problems and activities that require candidates to demonstrate leadership skills, and practices integral to the performance of the workplace.

DISSERTATION ED 899 - Dissertation. (1-6 cr.) Original, scholarly research by the candidate relating to an area of interest of the candidate as it pertains to his/her chosen field. The candidate must maintain continuous enrollment for a minimum of three credit hours per semester until completion of the dissertation. [Note: This course will be repeated at least three times at 3 hours credit, for a minimum total of 9 credit hours.]

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