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Curriculum: Ed.D., Higher Education Leadership Management Policy

The Higher Education Ed.D. has three curricular and knowledge / skill based clusters designed to foster a community of scholar-practitioners:
  1. Core Cluster designed to provide a foundation for the study of and practice in the field of higher education.
  2. Professional Cluster designed, under the advisement of faculty advisor, to provide a breadth of knowledge for the study of and practice in the field of higher education and corollary organizations.
  3. Research and Dissertation Development Cluster designed to provide students with research skills as well as ongoing support and feedback as they develop their dissertation proposal.


EdD doctoral students will be considered for matriculation after completing 15 core clusters course credits.
Core Cluster (15 required credits)

ELMP 6101 Introduction to Higher Education as a Field of Study
ELMP 7765 Policy Analysis in Administration
ELMP 8891 Directed Research
ELMP 9993 Organization and Governance in Higher Education
ELMP 9997 Historical Development of American Education

Professional Cluster (minimum of 18 credits selected under advisement)

ELMP 6102 American College Student
ELMP 6103
College Student Affairs Administration
ELMP 7103
Special Topics in Administration
ELMP 7774 Comparative Study of International Ed. Systems
ELMP 7777
Diversity in Higher Education
ELMP 8801 Interdisciplinary Studies
ELMP 8981 Administrative Internship 1
ELMP 8984 Leadership Institute 1
ELMP 8985 Leadership Institute 2
ELMP 9994 Faculty Personnel Policies
ELMP 9995 Financial Administration of Higher Education
ELMP 9998 Curriculum & Instruction in Higher Education

Research & Dissertation Development Cluster (15 credits, 3 credits of which are part of core requirements listed above)

ELMP 6005
Statistical Methods
ELMP 8616 Intermediate Statistical Methods
ELMP 8891
Directed Research *
ELMP 8986
Qualitative Research Seminar in Administration
ELMP 8890
Survey Research
ELMP 9979
Dissertation Seminar I**
ELMP 9908
Dissertation Seminar II**

* Required as part of core cluster. Course also fulfills part of 15 credit research requirement.
** Required course as part of research requirement. Students must complete a Comprehensive Assessment prior to taking dissertation seminars.


Expectations regarding dissertation are broadened to include dissertations of practice or capstone studies such as consulting projects where students analyze, research potential solutions and develop recommendations for a practice based institutional problem. While the dissertation of practice provides an opportunity for group and project based work, it requires a descriptive, analytic, researched, and evidence-based account of the student's leadership of and contributions to the strategic project.

Ed.D. (Minor) Track for Teaching

A minor track in college teaching is available within the Ed.D. Program in Higher Education. This track draws on the coursework in the Departments of Education Leadership, Management and Policy, Educational Studies, and Professional Psychology and Family Therapy. The program is intended to provide an in-depth orientation to college students and college teaching with a particular emphasis instructional design and implementation for practicing or prospective college teachers.

In addition to matriculation requirements for the Ed.D. in Higher Education, the program requires a minimum 24 credits distributed over the three sponsoring departments as follows:

Theories of Learning, Curriculum, and Student Development (6 credits)

CPSY 6104 Theories of Cognition
CPSY 6505 Theories of Learning and Behavior Modification
CPSY 7104 Social Cognition and Human Learning
ELMP 9997 Curriculum and Instruction in Higher Education
ELMP 6102 American College Student

Ethics and Values (3 credits)

EDST 7310 Ethical Foundations of Professional Helping Relationships
EDST 7312 Current Issues in School and Society
EDST 9504 Problems and Issues in Postsecondary Teaching
EDST 6344 Seminar: Social, Ethical, Legal Issues in Technology

Skill Development (9 credits)
Assessment, Counseling, Instructional Design and Instructional Technology

CPSY 6000 Group Dynamics
CPSY 6003 Counseling Skills
CPSY 6316 Group Counseling
EDST 6306 Instructional Design (Prerequisite permission of instructor or EDST 6307)
EDST 6307 Integrating Technology and Education

Electives (6 credits)
Representative examples may include:

CPSY 6302 Orientation to Counseling: Theory and Observation
ELMP 7772 Leadership Dynamics: Analysis of Supervisory Behavior
ELMP 7773 Organizational Structures and Processes in Administration

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