Nov 29, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin 
2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)

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Graduate Studies  >> Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education  

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Indiana is a cohort program based on a practitioner-scholar, community-based model. The purpose of the program is to transform leaders, organizations, and communities through focused, flexible study addressing real-world problems and issues. A unique characteristic of the program is a curriculum in which each course is community-based, i.e. course content is connected to the graduate student’s community. Academic study is connected to concepts, issues, and content that are familiar, understandable, accessible, and personally relevant to each student. In each course, students will apply learning in practical real-life settings. The program of study includes an 18-hour leadership core, a 12-hour research sequence, the choice of a 15-hour concentration in administrative leadership or pedagogical leadership, and a 15-hour dissertation sequence. Both concentration areas include an internship. The program will be delivered in two formats, 1) a blended option that includes some courses offered totally online and some offered partially online, and, 2) a totally online option. 

The program is designed for P-12 educators. P-12 education is a common theme throughout the program. However, the knowledge, skills, and dispositions addressed in the program are transferrable to education-related positions in other institutions and agencies. Prospective students who do not have previous degrees in education may be conditionally accepted into a cohort. The condition of acceptance is successful completion of the following two courses prior to beginning the doctoral program: EDUC 682 Issues in Educational Leadership and EDUC 685 Curriculum and Learning for Educational Leaders. These two master’s level courses are intended to provide the student with an introductory background to educational issues, theories, and language.

Admissions Requirements

Beyond a completed master’s degree (with a minimum GPA of 3.0), applicants to the program must submit (1) a written essay outlining their personal and professional goals, (2) GRE Scores, (3) two letters of recommendation, and (4) a current resume.  Transcripts for all post-secondary coursework must be submitted.  There is no identified qualifying GRE score, but the score will be used as an additional piece of data related to applicant’s readiness for doctoral study.

The program is cohort-based, with fall-only admission.  Applications for the fall cohort are due April 15.

Curriculum (60 Credits)

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