The School Leadership concentration is designed to develop and refine leadership expertise for practitioners in P-20 education at the local, state, or national levels. The program focuses on three fundamental areas of study: leadership, policy, and research. The goal is to equip leaders with the capacity to adapt to change by engaging in critical thinking to address complex challenges. Emphasis on academic rigor in communication, decision-making, ethics, strategic planning, and forward thinking coupled with practical real-world leadership experiences such as internships are part of the program.
An administrative license is not required for this concentration.
This program is designed for educators already holding a master's degree. For some students, the Ed.S. may be the terminal degree; for others, it may be an intermediary degree between the master's and doctorate.
The educational specialist program consists of 30 credit hours.
Doctor of Education
This terminal degree program is designed for students already holding a master's or specialist degree. The doctoral dissertation in the culminating activity.
For students with a valid master's degree, the program of study requires a minimum of 60 credit hours. Twelve of these hours are the minimum required for the dissertation.
Students with valid educational specialist degrees have a program of study calling for 42 credit hours. Twelve of these hours are the minimum required for the dissertation.
The Qualifying Examination is administered toward the end of the required coursework. Upon satisfactory completion of both the written and oral components, students enroll in dissertation hours and begin their research project under the direction of their dissertation chair.
All students matriculate through their program as part of an online cohort. Cohort students will begin the program in the same semester and continue with the same group taking a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester. Each cohort has a site through D2L specifically designed to assist students in advisement and other concentration specific information. Students take classes during fall, spring, and summer semesters.
All courses in the School Leadership concentraion are asynchronous and 100% online. Some professors may have periodic synchronous meetings via ZOOM to have discussions or present group projects. Courses are accessed through the online delivery system Desire to Learn (D2L).