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PK-12 Educational Leadership

Ph.D. in Education

Educational Leadership Concentration

The program leading to the Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare educational leaders for a wide variety of professional positions in PK-12 administration and supervision, higher education, and state and national policy making arenas. The goal is to prepare professionals who possess the knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership and to produce meaningful change in educational organizations with the underlying premise of social justice. A minimum of 48 credit hours are necessary to complete the coursework for the doctoral program in addition to a minimum of 12 dissertation credits.

2016 Executive Ph.D. Educational Leadership Cohort

Are you interested in earning a Doctorate in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership while working full-time in your current school leadership role? Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2016 cohort. Applications are due January 15, 2016.

The Executive Ph.D. Educational Leadership Cohort is designed for educational leaders working full-time in PK-12 schools, divisions, and other educational organizations. PK-12 school leaders take classes as part of a cohort in which students discuss and research educational problems of practice and policy. Course content is designed to help students use research, theory, and their own professional expertise to advance organizational change in their own organizations.

Program Overview

The Executive Ph.D. in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership consists of a minimum of 60 credits – 48 course credits (16 courses) and a minimum of 12 dissertation credits. Up to six credits from students’ previous graduate degree programs may be transferred into the program with faculty approval.

Courses are held over 2 1⁄2 years primarily in live, web-based courses via video conferencing. Students may attend classes from the convenience of their offices or homes. On-campus classes will be required two to three times each semester, with weekend format classes once a semester.

Course work will be targeted to fold in dissertation work throughout each semester, allowing students to complete their doctoral degrees in approximately three years. Cohort students receive a 25% discount off of the regular student tuition at the university during their three years of cohort coursework.

If you would like more information (including the dates, times, and locations of information sessions during the summer and fall) or an application packet contact the Educational Leadership Program Coordinator: Karen Sanzo: ksanzo@odu.edu or 757-683-6698

Program of Study

Prerequisite Course
FOUN 722 Introduction to Applied Statistics and Data Analysis (or equivalent)

Research Core (15 credit hours)
ELS 831 Accountability in Educational Leadership
FOUN 812 Advanced Research Design and Analysis
FOUN 813 Advanced Program Evaluation
FOUN 814 Advanced Qualitative Research
FOUN 822 or 823 Applied Linear Models or Analysis of Variance Applied to Research

Educational Leadership and Services Concentration Courses (18 credit hours)
ELS 811 Leadership Theory for Educational Improvement
ELS 815 Leadership for Equity and Inclusive Education
ELS 821 Policy and Politics in Educational Leadership
ELS 835 Organizational Theory and Behavior in Education
ELS 876 Ethics, Integrity, and Social Justice in Education
ELS 878 Leadership for Teaching and Learning

Electives (12 hours - choose 4 classes)*
ELS 864 History and Philosophy of American Public School Reform
ELS 871 Educational Systems, Planning, and Futures
ELS 873 Advanced School Law
ELS 874 Advanced School Finance
ELS 880 Multicultural Curriculum Leadership and Globalization
ELS 883 Contemporary Issues in Education

*With advisor approval, two of these courses may be substituted with courses outside of the educational leadership program to allow students to form cognate areas.

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)
ELS 881 Dissertation Seminar

Dissertation (Minimum of 12 credit hours)
ELS 899 Dissertation