Learning, Leadership and Community Curriculum

  • Prerequisite Coursework
  • A graduate-level research design course
  • An advanced graduate-level qualitative methodologies course
  • Specialization Component Courses – 27 credits
  • Students select coursework based on professional goals, certification needs, and interests. In some instances, career goals may require a degree program in excess of 60 credits; therefore, consultation with an academic advisor prior to taking courses is essential. Course selection must have the approval of the academic advisor and the doctoral program coordinator.

    This requirement can be fulfilled with courses taken for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) or equivalent program.

  • 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
    Leaders are expected to develop policies and implement practices that maximize the financial, environmental, material, technological, and human resources of their organization. Through the investigation of case studies, site visitations, and research, students will explore exemplary practices and potential approaches for the best use of an organization's resources. Topics will include: budgetary practices with high accountability factors, energy programs, recycling resources, employing technology while containing costs, and innovative personnel practices. (Prerequisites: Completion of EP 8020 and 8030 and member of the PSU EdD cohort).
  • 3
    Leaders are expected to facilitate the creation of a vision that drives their organization forward. Through readings, responses to interactive lectures, and participation in experiential exercises and group discussions, students will explore opportunities for restructuring organizations to create dynamic workplaces and synergistic organizations. Students will also examine present and emerging paradigms in the areas of behavioral science, psychology, and neuroscience so they may ascertain the impact of these belief systems on individuals and organizations. (Prerequisite: Completion of EP 8020 and 8030 and member of the PSU EdD cohort).
  • 3
    In this course, candidates are expected to craft a high quality comprehensive and compelling prospectus for their dissertation research proposal that is tailored to their interests and discipline. The seminar topics focus on helping students design a research study and write a dissertation proposal. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of these doctoral core courses: EP 8000, EP 8010, EP 8020, EP 8030, EP 8040, and EP 8050).
  • 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).
  • Dissertation Blocks – 9 credits
  • 3
    Dissertation courses serve as the culminating experience in the Doctor of Education program, building on research conducted throughout the coursework and resulting in extensive research and writing on a topic appropriate to a candidate's program, under direction of a Dissertation Chair and Committee. Candidates' projects demonstrate comprehensive understandings of the knowledge and practices of their selected field of study. Dissertation Block I is concerned with the completion of the Review of Literature chapter for the Dissertation. The dissertation research involves writing the proposal; writing the literature review and methods sections; collecting data and analyzing findings, and writing up the results and conclusions/discussions. (Prerequisites: Doctoral candidacy and completion of all coursework for doctoral degree).
  • 3
    These courses serve as culminating experiences in the Doctor of Education program, building on research conducted throughout the coursework and resulting in extensive research and writing on a topic appropriate to a candidate's program, under direction of a Dissertation Chair and Committee. Candidates' projects demonstrate comprehensive understandings of the knowledge and practices of their selected field of study. These doctoral seminars are organized into a sequence to support the writing of the dissertation and Dissertation Block II is concerned with completing the full Dissertation Proposal, which includes all of Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the Dissertation. (Prerequisites: Doctoral candidacy and completion of all coursework for doctoral degree).
  • 3
    These courses serve as culminating experiences in the Doctor of Education program, building on research conducted throughout the coursework and resulting in extensive research and writing on a topic appropriate to a candidate's program, under direction of a Dissertation Chair and Committee. Candidates' projects demonstrate comprehensive understandings of the knowledge and practices of their selected field of study. These doctoral seminars are organized into a sequence to support the writing of the dissertation and this final block includes the completion of the entire Dissertation, including the public defense. (Prerequisites: Doctoral candidacy and completion of all coursework for doctoral degree).
    • Total for EdD in Learning, Leadership, and Community – 60 credits

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