Educational Administration EdD

The Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration is designed specifically for persons who already have a master's degree, are certified principals, and have K-12 practical administrative experience.  Building upon the master's degree, the program requires a major course of study of 36 semester hours (not including the dissertation) 12 semester hours of research tools, and successful completion of a dissertation.

Students are assigned a curriculum advisor from the Doctoral Faculty that assists them with course selection and developing a Residency Plan.  After becoming a doctoral candidate, the student will work with a dissertation committee.   

The committee includes (minimally) 3 faculty members.  Two faculty members will be from the department and one faculty member from outside the department.  These individuals guide in the dissertation proposal and the dissertation.

The research tools develop proficiency in quantitative and qualitative research methodology.

Application packets are reviewed for admission November 1st for the spring and July 15th for fall.

Students admitted to the doctoral program begin with classes as a cohort group in the semester following admission and are required to progress as a cohort group through a sequence of doctoral-only core courses and research tools courses.  The cohort program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to progress through the program in a logical and sequential manner with a group of colleagues pursuing similar professional goals.  Admitted students may enroll in minor, elective, or certification courses prior to the semester in which their cohort is scheduled to begin.

Residency

Each student is required to complete the residency requirements after admission to the doctoral program.  Residency provides students with opportunities to work with other doctoral students and faculty as colleagues in projects that provide experience and training toward independent application of skills commensurate with holders of doctoral degrees. 

The student will complete a residency plan outlining proposed residency activities with the approval of their curriculum advisor.

Doctoral Residence Seminar

All candidates are required to complete EDAD 699 Resident Doctoral Seminar.

Research Proficiency

All candidates must meet Graduate School research tools requirements for the Doctor of Education degree (see Office of Graduate Studies for more information).

Dissertation

A dissertation of at least 12 semester hours must be completed to the satisfaction of the major department.  Students must be registered in EDAD 718 Doctoral Dissertation continuously once assigned a dissertation chair.  Student's progress toward dissertation completion will be evaluated a minimum of once each year by doctoral faculty.  Each doctoral student will receive a dissertation research and writing evaluation for EDAD 718 of "S" (satisfactory) or "U" (unsatisfactory).

Doctoral students who earn two "U" (unsatisfactory) grades in EDAD 718 courses will be placed on inactive status and prevented from registering for any further EDAD 718 courses.  Doctoral students on inactive status must make special petition to the EDAD Doctoral Program to be allowed to reenter as active status doctoral students.  The competitive nature of admissions and access to faculty chairs makes it imperative that students avoid being declared inactive.  Due to the limited program capacity there is no guarantee that student's will be approved to reenter.

Doctor of Education in Educational Administration

Major Courses 36 semester hours (12 courses)
No course in which a grade lower than a B was earned can be credited on the degree plan.
EDAD 601Foundations of Educ Administra (*)3
EDAD 671Gov and Pol of Edu Organ (*)3
EDAD 639Educational Program Evaluation for School Leaders (*)3
EDAD 637Advanced Organizational Behavior in Education (*)3
EDAD 641School District Instructional Leadership: Curriculum (*)3
EDAD 647Ethics and Philosophy of Educational Administration (*)3
EDAD 634Examining the Dynamics of Change and Conflict Resolution in Educational Systems (*)3
EDAD 658School Crisis Leadership3
EDAD 664Doctoral Writing - Prospectus Development3
EDAD 699Resident Doctoral Seminar3
EDAD 620School District Instructional Leadership: Human Resources3
EDAD 654Multicultural Education for Administrators3
or EDAD 655 Executive Communications
*Core courses-Content included in Comprehensive Exam
Research Tools 12 semester hours (4 courses)
EDAD 695Research Methodology3
CED 610Intro to Grad Statistics3
CED 611Intermediate Grad Stat3
EDAD 698Qualitative Research Methods3
Dissertation Writing - No less than 12 semester hours (4 courses)
EDAD 718Doctoral Dissertation3-12
Total Hours60

NOTE: No course beyond the master's program that is over ten years old at the time the doctoral degree is conferred can be used toward the doctoral degree.

EDAD 508 - Facilitating Learning for Diverse Students
Hours: 3
This course prepares prospective educational leaders to administer various school programs for diverse student populations. Programs addressed include special education, gifted education, bilingual education/English Language Learners, early childhood, school safety, career and technology education, counseling, and alternative education. The course will also inform students about the diverse needs of all individuals within the community related to race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability or handicap, gender, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Prerequisites: EDAD 615, 626 and 656.

EDAD 518 - Thesis
Hours: 3-6

EDAD 524 - LAW AND POLICY IN INSTRUCTION
Hours: 3

EDAD 554 - GLB/Leading the Learning Community
Hours: 3
This capstone course is designed to prepare candidates for exemplary school leadership as evidenced by student knowledge, dispositions, and performance ability to promote the success of all students. The course will include real-world situations and problem-based learning projects to enable the candidates to develop visionary, collaborative, instructional, organizational, and political leadership for the twenty-first century. Prerequisites: EDAD 615, EDAD 619, EDAD 574, EDAD 626 and EDAD 656.

EDAD 561 - Multicultural Education
Hours: 3
Multicultural Education for School Administrators - Three semester hours The purpose of this course is to examine the variables, which affect behavior, beliefs and perceptions of the many cultures and races that comprise our society. Special focus will include the role of socio-economic status, gender, religion, age, and language. Major demographic changes in the United States, Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex will be examined. Emphasis will also be placed on those newcomer populations and their countries of origin, ethnic contributions, and cultural influences that impact on our institutions, both public and private. Design and implementation of a program evaluation of a current bilingual school or district program followed by design and implementation of a long-term program improvement plan to include professional development, family involvement, and instructional design is a requirement of this course.

EDAD 563 - Practicum in ELL
Hours: 3
Special Programs Practicum in Administering ELL Programs - Three semester hours This course develops candidates for program leadership by providing opportunities to synthesize, practice, and apply knowledge from coursework in real settings. Practice-based coursework assignments related program leadership are synthesized in a theory-based, reflective research paper that serves as a comprehensive program examination of preparedness for administering programs that serve English Language Learners.

EDAD 564 - Univ. Interschol. League
Hours: 3
University Interscholastic League - Three semester hours The purpose of this course is to prepare students to administer programs that are governed by UIL rules and policies. Emphasis will be given to basic concepts, issues, regulations, problems and procedures in the management of programs that are governed through UIL. Also included will be state and federal legislation and court decisions pertaining to these programs. The course will concentrate on best practices in leading these programs.

EDAD 566 - Special Programs Prac.
Hours: 3
Special Programs Practicum - Three semester hours This course develops candidates for program leadership by providing opportunities to synthesize, practice, and apply knowledge from coursework in real settings. Practice-based coursework assignments related to program leadership are synthesized in a theory-based, reflective research paper that serves as a comprehensive program examination of preparedness for program coordinators or directors. Pre-requisites : EDAD 595 and EDAD 564-University Interscholastic League OR EDAD 652

EDAD 567 - Admin. Positive Behavior
Hours: 3
Administering the Campus Culture to Promote Positive Student Behaviors - Three semester hours Emphasizes practical approaches and strategies to enable school leaders to build capacity in faculty and staff to manage student behavior in educational settings.

EDAD 569 - Admin. Instructional
Hours: 3
Administering Instructional Practices in Special Education Programs and Services - Three semester hours This course will assist the campus administrator in understanding and implementing roles and responsibilities of general education teachers, special education teachers and all related service providers that deal with students with special needs. The course will explore the administrator role in developing and implementing the IEP process. The course will assist administrators in understanding the needs and stressors that parents and caregivers experience as their child with special needs attends school.

EDAD 574 - Developing Quality Instructional Programs
Hours: 3
Developing Quality Instructional Programs. Three semester hours. The course explores the principles of administering instructional programs through development of a continuous improvement process utilizing a learning community. These principles are inclusive of the Instructional Leadership Development Model required for administrative certification in Texas. Prerequisites: EDAD 615, EDAD 626 and EDAD 656.

EDAD 589 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study - Hours: One to four Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites Consent of department head. Note May be repeated when the topic varies.

EDAD 594 - Navigating the Pol Dyna of ED
Hours: 3
Navigating the Political Dynamics of Education. Three semester hours. (Same as PSci 594). This is an elective educational leadership course to develop candidates who have the knowledge and ability to promate the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political context of education. Emphasis will be placed on leading a learning community by navigating the political dynamics determining educational policy at the school and district levels of organization.

EDAD 595 - Using Research for Best Practice
Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative research designs used in the field of education in order to implement instructional best practices. Emphasis is placed on the process and consumption of research. The student is required to demonstrate competence in developing and refining research techniques for best practices through the creation of a research proposal. EDAD 626 Prerequisites: (or Corequisite) EDAD 615.

EDAD 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

EDAD 601 - Foundations of Educ Administra
Hours: 3
Foundations of Educational Administration. Three semester hours. This course will provide students an opportunity to study the philosophical, psychological and sociological dimensions of educational administration in a historical, as well as, contemporary contest. Prerequisites: Doctoral status.

EDAD 602 - Comm for Effect Learning
Hours: 3
Communicating for Effective Learning. Three semester hours. This course is designed to provide prospective school leaders with the opportunity to assess and improve verbal, written, and oral communication skills. The course focuses on group dynamics, conflict management, team building and overcoming communication obstacles to impact improved student learning. Prerequisites: EDAD 574, 595, 615, 626.

EDAD 607 - Using Eval and Data to Imp Lea
Hours: 3
Using Evaluation and Data to Improve Learning. Three semester hours. This course provides school leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to analyze state, district, and local data for use in planning systemic improvement of instructional delivery, program effectiveness, and administrative processes. Acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of data are applied in educational settings to facilitate research based decisions in planning for instructional and organizational improvement. Prerequisites: EDAD 615.

EDAD 610 - Lead Learn Comm Practicum
Hours: 3
Leading Learning Communities Reflective Practicum. Three semester hours. One of four culminating courses that develop candidates for school leadership by providing opportunities to synthesize, practice, and apply knowledge from principal preparation coursework in real settings. Practice-based coursework assignments related to each standard of school building leadership are synthesized in a theory-based, reflective research paper that serves as a comprehensive program examination of preparedness for school building leadership.. Prerequisites: EDAD 508, 574, 595, 602, 607, 615, 619, 623, 626, or SED 513, or ELED 545, Corequisite: EDAD 554 or 656.

EDAD 611 - Sch Dist CEO Lead: The Intern
Hours: 3
School District CEO Leadership: The Internship. Three semester hours. The internship is the process and product that results from applying the knowledge and skills defined by the six National Standards for School District Leadership and the State Competencies fir the Standard Superintendent Certificate. Candidates for School District Leadership will participate in planned internship activities during the entire course of the Superintendence Program. Application of standards based knowledge and skills and research in real settings over time is the critical aspect of the internship. Prerequisite: Principal certification and admission into the superintendent certification program. Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDAD 628.

EDAD 612 - Exam Iss Trends in Sch Leader
Hours: 3
Examining Issues and Trends in School Leadership. Three semester hours. The purpose of this elective course is to provide an opportunity to study a current and identified administrative or leadership issue in a specific school district or combination of districts. With departmental approval this course may be repeated when the issues of topics differ. Pre-requisite: EDAD 615

EDAD 614 - Leading Learning Communities Internship
Hours: 3
Leading Learning Communities Practicum. Three semester hours over two semesters. One of four culminating courses that develop candidates for school leadership by providing opportunities to synthesize, practice, and apply knowledge in actual school settings while collaboratively planning and being guided by a practicing school leader/mentor. Over two semesters of internship activities, students collect artifacts that are used to create a professional portfolio to demonstrate preparedness for leading learning communities. Prerequisites: EDAD 615, EDAD 626, EDAD 656, EDAD 619 and EDAD 574.

EDAD 615 - Leading Effective Schools
Hours: 3
This introductory course provides an overview of school administration in Texas, which includes roles, functions, and duties of those who are charged with supervising schools in Texas. Critical review and analysis of principles of effective school leadership and organizational theories aligned to SBEC Principal Standards are examined and applied to the current challenges of leading 21st century schools in Texas.

EDAD 618 - Exp Edu Issues Colloquium
Hours: 3

EDAD 619 - GLB/Designing Curriculum
Hours: 3
This Course focuses on the development of and designing of curriculum for facilitating continuous improvement in the instructional program. Sound research-based practices related to planning, supervision, curriculum development and delivery, program evaluation, and change management for diverse learners in multicultural settings are incorporated. Prerequisites: EDAD 574, EDAD 615, EDAD 626, and EDAD 656.

EDAD 620 - School District Instructional Leadership: Human Resources
Hours: 3
School District Instructional Leadership: Human Resources. Three semester hours. This is an integrated School District Instructional Leadership course to develop candidates who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff and developing competencies for the Standard Superintendent Certificate in school district instructional leadership of human resources. Prerequisites: Principal certification and admission into the superintendent certification program or doctoral status.

EDAD 622 - Lead/Man Org Chge for Improv
Hours: 3
Leading and Managing Organizational Change for Improvements. Three semester hours. This course examines the processes for successfully initiating and implementing improvements in organizations. Issues related to commitment, strategic development, dealing with resistance, creating new organizational cultures, and evaluating and predicting intended results are included. Application of theories and models of improving and changing individual and organizational behavior will be studied. Not eligible for doctoral credit. Prerequisites: EDAD 574, 595, 626.

EDAD 626 - Using the Law in Educational Practice
Hours: 3
This leadership course serves as an in-depth examination of federal and state school law for educational leaders addressing legal issues that impact the operation of public schools. Prerequisites: EDAD 615.

EDAD 627 - School District Organizational Leadership: Finance
Hours: 3
School District Organizational Leadership: Finance. Three semester hours. This is an integrated course to develop candidates who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment and develop competencies for the Standard Superintendent Certificate in school district organizational leadership in finance. Prerequisites: Principal certification and admission into the superintendent certification program or doctoral status.

EDAD 628 - Sch Dist CEO Lead: The Supt
Hours: 3
School District CEO leadership: The Superintendency. Three semester hours. This is a School District CEO Leadership course for the superintendency to develop candidates who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students through visionary leadership, collaborative leadership, ethical leadership and political leadership; and develop the competencies for the Standard Superintendent Certificate in school district CEO leadership of the superintendency. Prerequisite: Principal certification and admission into the superintendent certification program. Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDAD 611.

EDAD 634 - Examining the Dynamics of Change and Conflict Resolution in Educational Systems
Hours: 3
Examining the Dynamics of Change and Conflict Resolution in Educational Systems. Three semester hours. This course is an in-depth, advanced examination of the emerging body of contemporary literature in change theory and conflict management within education organizational systems. The course includes a culminating experience with students developing their own scholarly driven change model as it applies to their education organizational context. Prerequisites: Doctoral Status. EDAD 695, EDAD 671, EDAD 601 and EDAD 637.

EDAD 636 - Economics of Education
Hours: 3
Economics in Education. Three semester hours. An advanced study course is the exploration into the economics associated with public education. Each student will utilize a critical analysis of educational policies, reforms and educational markets from an economic perspective by examining historical, contemporary and post-modern literature in human capitol theory, demographics and societal trends and the economic impact of schools and schooling on the local, state, federal and international economic and societal systems. Prerequisite: Doctoral status.

EDAD 637 - Advanced Organizational Behavior in Education
Hours: 3
The application of theories of organizational behavior to the problems of educational institutions. Through the examination and application of theories including but not limited to leadership, decision-making, communication, motivation, power and influence, group dynamics, and change, this course is designed to develop diagnostic and problem-solving skills necessary for successful leadership of educational organizations. EDAD 695 and EDAD 671.

EDAD 639 - Educational Program Evaluation for School Leaders
Hours: 3
Educational Program Evaluation for School Leaders. Three semester hours. Theory and practice of evaluation including research methods and design strategies to measure program outcomes; skills to evaluate personnel and projects included as components of evaluation models and management of educational evaluation functions; skills in preparing and communicating evaluation findings. Prerequisites: Doctoral Status. EDAD 695 and EDAD 671.

EDAD 641 - School District Instructional Leadership: Curriculum
Hours: 3
School District Instructional Leadership: Curriculum. Three semester hours. This integrated School District Instructional Leadership course will develop candidates who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff and develop the competencies for the Standard Superintendent Certificate in school district instructional leadership of curriculum. Prerequisites: Doctoral Status. EDAD 695 and EDAD 671.

EDAD 647 - Ethics & Philosophy of Educational Administration
Hours: 3
This course will provide students an opportunity to apply the concepts of ethics and philosophy to the personal and professional aspects of school organization, operation, and leadership. Students will apply these concepts in fashioning reasoned decisions, thoughtful analyses, and problem solving events. Prerequisites: Doctoral status. EDAD 695 and EDAD 671.

EDAD 651 - School District Organizational Leadership: Facilities
Hours: 3
School District Organizational Leadership: Facilities. Three semester hours. This is an integrated course to develop candidates who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment and develop competencies for the Standard Superintendent Certificate in school district organizational leadership of facilities. Prerequisites: Principal certification and admission into the superintendent certification program or doctoral status.

EDAD 652 - Enh Sch Perf Eff Public/Comm
Hours: 3
Enhancing School Performance Through Effective Public and Community Relations. Three semester hours. This course focuses on assisting district and campus leaders in creating and using effective public relations to achieve organizational goals and enhance professional success. Educational leaders plan and apply strategic ongoing internal and external communications to build and maintain key relationships that form meaningful partnerships to enhance school performance and student achievement.

EDAD 654 - Multicultural Education for Administrators
Hours: 3
This course prepares prospective educational leaders to administer various school programs for diverse student populations. Programs addressed include special education, gifted education, bilingual education, early childhood, school safety, career and technology education, English language learners, counseling, and alternative education. The course emphasizes the leadership that will insure all students receive quality, flexible instructional services that meet individual student needs.

EDAD 655 - Executive Communications
Hours: 3
The goal of this course is for students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for a communication plan that will effectively articulate the district’s vision, mission, and priorities to all educational stakeholders and the mass media. Additionally, this course expands one’s understanding how to effectively communicate to a diverse community of learners, build consensus, mediate conflicts, and implement an internal and external communication plan. The course is practical in nature and is designed to introduce students to many aspects of communication.

EDAD 656 - Building Capacity for Powerful Learning
Hours: 3
This school leadership course is designed to develop the candidate's knowledge and skills of human resources, the budgetary process, and the financial accounting system. The human resources section will focus on personnel management and instructional supervision skills needed to create an effective learning environment for all students. The budgeting and finance sections will focus on performance-based projects related to budget planning and development, resource acquisition and allocation, the accounting code system, and the school finance system. Prerequisites: EDAD 615 and EDAD 595.

EDAD 658 - School Crisis Leadership
Hours: 3
School Crisis Leadership. Three semester hours. This course will provide students with tools, communication techniques, and research-based methods to assist in the prevention of and recovery from school crisis. Students will gain skills to establish safe learning environments and lead students, faculty, and other school stakeholders through potential crisis. Prerequisites: Doctoral Status. EDAD 695 and EDAD 671.

EDAD 663 - Doc Writing Auth Diss
Hours: 3
Doctoral Writing-Authoring the Doctoral Dissertation - Three semester hours Description : This course serves as an introductory class in the dissertation writing process. The focus of the course is the development of advanced academic writing. Course topics include topic statements, significance statements, of their proposed research and development, and reviews of literature.

EDAD 664 - Doctoral Writing - Prospectus Development
Hours: 3
Doctoral Writing - Prospectus Development -Three semester hours. This course serves as an intermediate class in the dissertation writing process. The focus of the course is the development of advanced academic writing. Course topics include theoretical frameworks, advanced reviews of literature, and alignment of research questions and research methodologies. Prerequisites: Doctoral Status. EDAD 695 and EDAD 671.

EDAD 671 - Gov and Pol of Edu Organ
Hours: 3
Governance and Politics of Educational Organizations. Three semester hours. This doctoral student only seminar is designed to provide students with the opportunity to create and/or refine their understanding of educational governance and politics of the environment. This understanding will be built as students acquire knowledge and skills from theories, research, and current practices related to governance and policy development in education. In addition, the course is structured to provide students with the opportunity to explore and understand current issues in school governance, policy formulation, and related legal issues. Students should be able to utilize this understanding of educational governance and policy in their formal and informal studies in the field of educational leadership. Prerequisite: Doctoral status.

EDAD 689 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisites: Doctoral status.

EDAD 695 - Research Methodology
Hours: 3
Research Methodology. Three semester hours. (Same as Coun/EDCI/Psy) An overview of research methodology including basic concepts employed in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Includes computer applications for research. Meets requirements for a Level I research tool course. Prerequisite: Doctoral status or consent of the instructor.

EDAD 697 - Special Topics
Hours: 3
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: Doctoral status.

EDAD 698 - Qualitative Research Methods
Hours: 3
Qualitative Research Methods. Three semester hours. This is an approved Level IV research tools course. Using the foundation of the following qualitative research approaches: critical ethnography, phenomenology, case studies, grounded theory, and defining cultural themes and patterns, as a basis of all thick description, this course moves into the sociological/ anthropological roots of qualitative research. It assists the student in understanding how the problem statement must be related to the methodology and the outcome of the research, assists students in selecting proper qualitative methods, and allows students to pursue those methods within the general framework of the class. Students are urged to develop solid conceptual framework from the social sciences and to formulate reason Prerequisites: Levels I, II, and III research tool courses. Doctoral Status.

EDAD 699 - Resident Doctoral Seminar
Hours: 3
Resident Doctoral Seminar. Three semester hours. Only doctoral students fulfilling their residency requirement may register for this course. Students will be guided and assisted in the development of dissertation proposals, writing dissertation chapters, design, data analysis, preparing articles for publication, proposing of papers for conferences and professional meetings, etc. Emphasis will be placed on the student working with their chairs and committee members in these activities. Prerequisites: Doctoral Status. EDAD 695 and EDAD 671.

EDAD 718 - Doctoral Dissertation
Hours: 3-12
Doctoral Dissertation. Three to 12 semester hours. A candidate must present a dissertation acceptable to the student's advisory committee and the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research on a problem in the area of specialization. To be acceptable the dissertation must give evidence that the candidate has pursued a program of research, the results of which reveal superior academic competence and a significant contribution to knowledge. Graded on a (S) satisfactory or (U) unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites: Doctoral Status.