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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 your Doctorate in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership while working full-time in your current school leadership role?

The Educational Leadership Program at Old Dominion University is now accepting applications for the summer 2016 Executive Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Cohort.  The deadline to submit applications is January 15, 2016.

Program Description

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.  

The Executive Ph.D. in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership consists of a minimum of 60 credits.  Up to six credits from students’ previous graduate degree programs may be transferred into the program with faculty approval.

Courses begin Summer 2016, with students projected to complete the program during Summer 2019.  Course work is 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.

Courses are offered in a hybrid format that includes both live, web-based courses via video conferencing where students may attend classes from the convenience of their offices or homes and on-campus classes two to three times each semester including a weekend class once a semester.

If you would like more information about the program you can attend an information session or 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