Administrative Leadership

  • Prerequisite Coursework
  • A graduate-level research design course
  • An advanced graduate-level qualitative methodologies course
    • Administrative Leadership Component
    • 3
      The course is designed as an intensive introduction to the theories, methods and tools for building wellness concepts into the strategic planning process of organizations. The class will define the future of wellness in the workplace evolving beyond mechanistic approaches to individual wellness and developing holistic principles leading to organizational health. At the completion of the course, students will have an understanding of ways to institute a new wellness paradigm into organizational design.
    • 3
      This course provides an overview of the development and current status of higher education in the United States. Participants will review the historical evolution of higher education and the institutions' roles in American society. Higher education systems will be highlighted through both internal and external perspectives. Twenty-first century opportunities and challenges will be examined.
    • 3
      This course focuses on some of the most persistent legal and ethical issues that confront colleges and universities today. Information and activities associated with this course are designed to assist current and prospective college and university faculty and administrators to recognize the legal parameters around which decisions are made. A variety of topics will be addressed including, but not limited to: matters of academic freedom, intellectual property, and tenure; the authority of schools to discipline students for academic and/or behavioral misconduct; student privacy laws; sexual harassment; legal issues versus policy issues; and legislative, judicial, and executive actions impacting higher education.
    • 3
      Higher Education Administration and Organizational Management explores leadership and management concepts in higher education environments. The focus will be on factors influencing strategic level decision-making such as governance models, organizational structures, human resources, change management, and finances. Topics such as organizational behavior, leadership, communication, culture, and ethics will also be examined in support of student development of a personal management style.
    • 3
      This course is designed for higher education administrators and educators or those who aspire to positions in higher education. The economic, social, cultural, demographic and political forces that impact American Higher Education will be explored.
    • – OR –
    • 3
      This course engages students in understanding and using the theory and practice of strategic enrollment planning, which includes the retention of students. The course is designed to understand the fundamental elements of enrollment management from marketing/brand, to recruitment, to retention through to alumni engagement. Embedded into this course are ways to integrate data into practice as well as identify key performance and performance indicators plus understand the other types of data needed to effectively manage and enhance enrollment management operations.
    • 3
      This course addresses qualitative research methodologies with a particular emphasis on constructing grounded theory. Candidates will engage in the process, design, and critique of qualitative inquiry and research. Organizational and community issues will be explored and discovered through the analysis of patterns of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors within interpersonal and intercultural contexts. The course includes theory and practice related to initiating an inquiry; gathering, recording and analyzing data; and evaluating a study. (Prerequisites: Eligibility for CAGS level coursework, and a graduate level course in research design).
    • 3-6
      In today's fast-paced, complex, and interdependent world it is more important than ever to work toward a common goal in learning organizations. This course embraces a systems view of learning at the organizational level. Students will compare, contrast, and critique theories and models of organizational learning, knowledge creation, and organizational capacity building and apply them to their own organizational settings. Course assignments will provide students with the opportunity to think systemically and develop a comprehensive understanding of the core competencies required to create and build cultures of learning with a shared vision. Special attention is focused on planning and implementing system-wide networks within a collaborative framework.

Plus choose 1-2 elective courses
Possible electives are:

  • 3
    An in-depth study of a particular topic, contemporary issue, or concern. The course will be taught by a specialist within the field being studied, or as an alternative methodology, a faculty member will coordinate a series of guest speakers who will address the topic. Since topics vary, the course may be repeated with permission of the instructor.
  • 3
    In today's fast-paced, complex, and interdependent world it is more important than ever to work toward a common goal in learning organizations. This course embraces a systems view of learning at the organizational level. Students will compare, contrast, and critique theories and models of organizational learning, knowledge creation, and organizational capacity building and apply them to their own organizational settings. Course assignments will provide students with the opportunity to think systemically and develop a comprehensive understanding of the core competencies required to create and build cultures of learning with a shared vision. Special attention is focused on planning and implementing system-wide networks within a collaborative framework.
  • 3
    Educators in higher education teach populations of students with diverse backgrounds and different levels of preparation. In addition, faculty may be experts in their fields, but may not be experts with regard to how people learn. This course provides an overview of developmental, learning and instructional theories to consider when creating learning experiences for the post-secondary learner.
  • 3
    Transformative Research is an advanced course in research and evaluation methods appropriate for advanced graduate students. The intersection of applied social research and program evaluation will be explored, as well as researcher identity, developing a research focus, a transformative research and evaluation model, and qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. Students will partner with a school or agency to develop a research project focused on the needs of the partner. The Transformative Approach to formulating research questions and developing original research will be emphasized, in alignment with our program?s hallmarks and the goal of preparing transformational leaders who can conduct, as described by Mertens (2009), culturally responsive research that places central importance on the lives and experiences of diverse communities, that seeks out those who are silent, involves those who are marginalized, and results in actions that further human rights and social justice. Prerequisite: A graduate level course in Research Design. Also offered as EP 7055.
  • 3
    The course challenges students to reconsider the classroom teaching environment, their teaching styles and explore their capacities as teachers. Students will study new teaching methods, characteristics of effective teachers, and new teaching processes leading to more integrative and experiential learning. This course examines various teaching methods within the classroom and develops professional learning communities within schools. Each student will design/redesign, initiate and complete individual lesson plans or unit plans utilizing new teaching methodologies.
  • 3
    This course engages students in understanding and using the theory and practice of strategic enrollment planning, which includes the retention of students. The course is designed to understand the fundamental elements of enrollment management from marketing/brand, to recruitment, to retention through to alumni engagement. Embedded into this course are ways to integrate data into practice as well as identify key performance and performance indicators plus understand the other types of data needed to effectively manage and enhance enrollment management operations.
    • Doctoral Core Component – 24 credits
    • 3
      Leaders play an important role in constructing, guiding, and improving learning in organizations. This course explores research-based discoveries and insights about the brain, learning, and development from multiple disciplines. Topics will include current developmental concepts as they are connected to understanding people, organizations, and policy settings. (Prerequisites: Member of the PSU EdD cohort).
    • 3
      This course engages students in understanding and using the theory and practice of program assessment and evaluation, including the effective communication of results. Students work directly with an agency or program to design an evaluation proposal. Various methodologies and approaches are investigated. Students discuss how to use data to inform decisions and to plan and assess programs. (Prerequisites: a research design course and a qualitative research course; member of the PSU EdD cohort).
    • 3
      This course focuses on ethical leadership and advocacy with an emphasis on personal and professional standards. Students apply ethical decision-making models to dilemmas drawn from professional contexts. The psychological and moral development needed to effectively advocate for social justice is considered. Students will demonstrate understanding of effective advocacy at the individual, community and socio-political levels. (Pre-requisite: Completion of EP 8000 and 8010 and member of the PSU EdD cohort).
    • 3
      Leaders often find themselves making decisions, facilitating programs, and mediating conflicts that emanate from the many ways in which humans differ, including ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural beliefs. In this course, attention will be given to central topics and critical issues that address global leadership competencies in working with diverse populations. Students will critically examine the complexity of culture, the building of community, and the promotion of social justice from individual, community, and global perspectives. Furthermore, students will consider and evaluate both reactive and proactive roles for leaders in educational, social, and political settings. (Prerequisites: Completion of EP 8000 and 8010 and member of the PSU EdD cohort).
    • 3
      This course presents an overview of quantitative research design. Understanding the logic and underlying rationale of these research methods is of prime importance in this course. The course includes material related to measurement, sampling, research design, data collection and analysis, and statistics. Students will define and refine a substantive area of intended study and research. Prerequisites: EP 8000, EP 8010, EP 8020, and EP 8060.
    • 3
      In this course students will utilize scholarly literature to develop a conceptual framework for their dissertation rsearch. Using their work with the literature as a foundation, students will be expected to draft a high quality, comprehensive and compelling prospectus for recruiting their dissertation chair and committee. The proposal will continue to be refinded in EP 8050. Pass/No Pass.
    • 3
      EP 8820 Externship
      The externship represents an important stage in the preparation of doctoral candidates. The externship provides an opportunity to explore and research topics of interest related to the dissertation at domestic and international locations outside the University. Externship placements allow candidates to gain new perspectives, sample different career paths, gather practical experience related to the dissertation and network with leaders in education and related fields. Candidates work with their instructor to establish the focus and site of the externship placement. Candidates develop and present their research project at the conclusion of the externship to faculty and peers. Students should be aware that a background check might be a requirement of certain externship sites. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of EP 8040, and permission of the instructor).
    • 3
      Transformational leaders facilitate the regeneration of organizations as visionary workplaces where synergy and synthesis are the ingredients for evolutionary change. Students will explore emerging paradigms of leadership and organizational behavior to enhance their understanding of vision, synergy, and synthesis. In order to ensure synergy between course work and dissertation the research prospectus will be refined using the concepts learned. Prerequisites: EP 8000, EP 8010, EP 8020, EP 8025, EP 8030, EP 8045, EP 8820.
    • Dissertation – 9 credits
    • 9
      This course is designed to facilitate successful completion of the doctoral disseration. This course is repeatable. Students collaborate with their dissertation chair to determine tasks and resources needed to move toward dissertation completion.
    • Total for EdD in Higher Education, Administrative Leadership Concentration – 60 credits

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