College of Arts & Sciences Doctor of Education – Organizational Leadership Advanced study in Organizational Leadership at Shenandoah University offers learners the opportunity to think deeply, examine thoughtfully, and understand theoretically challenges and problems facing educational and other public organizations. The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree (a practitioner’s degree) is a 60-credit program of study. The program is organized around a core of leadership and research courses (both theoretical and applied), complemented by courses in the learner’s concentration. This program is unique among doctoral programs in its emphasis on the application of theory to real world problems and lived experiences. The EdD is student-centered, inquiry-driven, and problem-oriented. It is built around an interdisciplinary leadership and research core, with distinct program emphases appealing to professionals in elementary, middle and secondary school professionals, in higher education professionals, and in community-based, public and private organizations. With the approval of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Education Division Faculty, students may substitute master’s degree courses for courses in the doctoral program; however, additional courses must be selected with Faculty Advisor approval to complete the 60-credit requirement. Applicants needing foundational coursework will be advised of that necessity before they will be permitted to take advanced level coursework. For school professionals: K-12 Education Administration and Curricular and Supervision (Administrative Leadership). The program consists of courses representing a common core of leadership, courses in statistics and research theory, followed by applied research projects and courses in the area of concentration, leading to a culminating comprehensive examination and dissertation. Use of appropriate technology is integrated into the coursework of the program. Depending upon the area of concentration, the degree will include standards for meeting Commonwealth of Virginia state licensure requirements in the areas of Superintendent of Schools, and K-12 Principal and Supervisor of Instruction. For other concentrations: Students in settings other than the elementary or secondary schools can develop individualized emphases building on interests or professional emphases several areas, including public administration, human services, health education, as well as related fields. Admissions Requirements for Ed.D. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in the master’s degree. Applicants must submit a writing sample, which demonstrates their abilities in scholarly writing. (This requirement may be met through a directed writing exercise offered in conjunction with the faculty interview.) Applicants must submit at least three letters of recommendation: one from an immediate supervisor, at least one from someone able to address the candidate’s academic abilities, and at least one from a professional who knows the candidate’s ability in the chosen concentration. Applicants must submit all college transcripts. Applicants seeking Virginia Department of Education endorsement(s) must - possess a current teacher's license, a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree - have a minimum of three years’ teaching experience at the time of admission - a minimum of two years PK-12 administrative or supervisory experience at the time of admission Program Requirements: Program Core 15 ED 710 Leadership 3 ED 720 Societal Factors 3 ED 730 Human Resources 3 ED 740 Governance 3 ED 750 Contemporary Issues 3 Research Core 15 ED 681 Locating and Examining the Research Literature 1 for Educators ED 682 Evaluating the Research Literature 1 for Educators ED 683 Writing a Review of the Literature for Educators 1 ED 761 Research Methods I 1.5 ED 762 Research Methods II 1.5 ED 782 Advanced Research Methods 2 (ED 777 Advanced Quantitative Methods Lab 1 or ED 778 Advanced Qualitative Methods Lab 1 ED 775 Advanced Statistics 3 ED 776 Advanced Multivariate Statistics 3 Applied Research 6 ED 771 Quantitative Methods Proposal 1.5 ED 772 Quantitative Methods Pilot 1.5 ED 773 Qualitative Methods Proposal 1.5 ED 774 Qualitative Pilot 1.5 Concentrations 9 K-12 Administration (Superintendent Licensure) ED 642 Philosophy of Education 3 PSY 520Advanced Educational Psychology 3 ED 646 International Education 3 Curriculum Leadership and Supervision (Principal/Supervisor Licensure) ED 623 School Law 3 ED 624 School Finance Theory and Practice 3 ED 641 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction 3 Individualized Concentration Approved graduate level (500-700) courses 9 Dissertation* ED 799 Dissertation (total) 15 * Students who do not complete the dissertation after earning 15 credits of ED 799 will be required to remain continuously enrolled in ED 799 (one credit hour each term) until the dissertation is completed. Licensure Endorsement Requirements Transcript analyses of applicants’ endorsement area coursework and technology training will be completed and recommendations may be made for supplemental coursework needed to meet Virginia Department of Education Regulations for Licensure of School Personnel. However, in most cases this course content will be included within the degree framework.
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