EdD Curriculum

The Ed. D. in Leadership Studies is a 60-semester hour program.  It includes:

  • 15 semester hours from the Leadership Core
  • 15 semester hours from the Research Core
  • 15 semester hours of Dissertation
  • 15 semester hour Cognate
Course Core Course Number Semester Hours
Comparative Leadership Theory Leadership Core LEAD 880 3
Leading Organizational Culture & Change  Leadership Core LEAD 881 3
Psychosocial Dimensions of Leadership Leadership Core LEAD 882 3
Ethical, Spiritual & Character-Based Leadership Leadership Core LEAD 883 3
Developing Leadership Capacity Leadership Core LEAD 884 3
Fundamentals of Doctoral Research Methods in Leadership Studies Research Core LEAD 870 3
Doctoral Statistics I Research Core LEAD 871 3
Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methodology Research Core LEAD 872 3
Doctoral Statistics II Research Core LEAD 873 3
Developing Effective Research Proposals Research Core LEAD 874 3
Dissertation Dissertation requirement LEAD 890 15

Cognate Courses


15 semester hours from the following cognate courses:    
Organizational Metaphors & Contexts All cognates LEAD 860 3
Cognate Capstone Leadership Seminar All cognates LEAD 869 3
Theory & Practice in Higher Ed Governance & Administration Higher Ed Cognate LEAD 854 3
The College Student Experience Higher Ed Cognate LEAD 855 3
Finance, Economics & Politics in Higher Ed Higher Ed Cognate LEAD 856 3
Principal Internships I & II K-12 Ed Leadership Cognate EDAD 771/781 3 each course
Superintendent Seminar & Supt Internships I & II K-12 Ed Leadership Cognate EDAD 710/779/789 3 each course
Community & Media Relations Cognate EDAD 816 3
Law, Public Policy, and Politics Cognate EDAD 818 3

Additional approved courses for the K-12 Educational Leadership cognate are under development.

Future Cognates:

A cognate in Higher Education has been approved for Fall 2015.  Other 15 credit hour specializations in  are being proposed for Spring 2016-Fall 2016.  Students can start in Spring 2016 regardless of cognate choice.

Students who have completed post-master’s coursework equivalent to a doctoral  program at accredited institutions may receive some credit toward a portion of the fulfillment of the Ed.D. leadership, research or cognate courses.  Courses graded on a pass/fail basis, or the equivalent, will not be accepted as transfer credit.  Petitions for transfer of credit will be evaluated individually and will only be granted with the recommendation of the Dean, Associate Dean or department/program chair.

At the appropriate time in the program, a qualifying comprehensive exam will be required before dissertation preparation may commence.

Suggested Course Sequence:

Semester 1-8:  6 credits each semester, consisting of a combination of leadership, research and cognate classes
Semester 9-13: 3 credits each semester of dissertation research

We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2016! The deadline for priority consideration is October 1, 2015.

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