Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership Courses
Research I: Introduction to Scholarly Inquiry (3 hours)
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of scholarly investigation. In this course, students will focus on how to organize and develop a literature review related to their chosen topic and build arguments supported with evidence. Additionally, this course prepares students to develop the background and problem statements that will establish a framework the dissertation.
Research II: Survey of Methodology and Design (3 hours)
This course introduces students to the methodological assumptions that underpin quantitative and qualitative research that includes a balanced coverage of both. Attention will also be given to the centrality of philosophical and theoretical frameworks that guide methods in research. Specific attention will be given to program evaluation, case study, phenomenology, t-tests, and correlation designs.
Research III: Application of Methods (3 hours)
This course will engage students intensively in critical components of the dissertation’s methodology section: sampling, data collection, and data analysis. Specific attention will also be given to validity and reliability and trustworthiness in quantitative and qualitative methods, respectively.
Research IV: Research Hours and Proposal Capstone (3 hours)
This course is designed as a phase one capstone where students will be required to complete and submit the proposal by the end of the course. The student must present the proposal to their committee, the course instructor, and the institutional review board for approval prior to conducting the research. This course will not be complete until the committee has approved the proposal and the institutional review board has approved the student’s research.
Research V: Analyzing and Reporting Data (3 hours)
This course will focus explicitly on the practical application of analyzing and reporting data. Students will work with instructor and committee to refine Chapters 1-3 and complete Chapter Four of the dissertation.
Research VI: Research Hours and Final Dissertation Capstone (3 hours)
This course is designed as a final phase of the capstone where students will be required to complete and submit a final draft of their dissertation to their committee and the instructor. The dissertation will be defended at a public presentation scheduled by the University. This course will not be complete until the student has defended and passed the public defense, as determined by the student’s dissertation committee and in alignment with the University’s policy found under the section titled Doctoral Dissertation/Oral Defense Requirements in the Graduate Bulletin.