DoctorateEducation (Ed.D.)

The Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) at Concordia University St. Paul is for experienced educators seeking to further their knowledge in the field of educational leadership for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession.

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Education (Ed.D.) Curriculum Overview

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is designed to address three salient areas with a concentration in leadership. The first area of concentration will addresses a core understanding of leadership issues pertaining to exemplary leadership models, ethics, policy making, and special topics. A second area focuses on scholarship for understanding, and producing and evaluating research applicable to improving organizations. The third area provides comprehensive coursework, integrated with Doctorate Field Experience/Research, and designed with flexibility to allow students to focus on areas of specialization of their choosing within leadership.

 

Leadership Core (33 credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 7040 Relevant Ed Ldrshp/Ed Reform 3
ED - 7046 Intro to Scholarly Research 3
ED - 7041 Data Analys and Use for Leadrs 3
ED - 7057 Adult Lrng Theories and Fndtns 3
ED - 7058 Strategies for Adult Learning 3
ED - 7042 Human Res Mgmt Todays Orgs 3
ED - 7043 Leadership Exemplars 3
ED - 7044 Leading Change in Todays Orgs 3
ED - 7045 Advanced Leadership Ethics 3
ED - 7047 Influences & Assess Pub Policy 3
ED - 7048 Org Theory and Analysis 3

This course is designed for students who are pursing leadership in education. This course will examine the skills, knowledge and disposition required for Real time/Relevant organizational leaders. Students will study the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts that shape todayÕs organizations.

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This course begins the theoretical discussion of the primary research designs used in educational research. The curricular goal is to establish a foundation for success interaction with the research literature used throughout the program of study. One goal of educational research is to provide knowledge that leads to strategies and action for solutions and change. Students will gain experience developing a framework for consuming the research literature in educational leadership.

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This course is designed for students in leadership roles to provide them the skills to use data to make informed decisions at the organizational leadership level by providing a link between analysis of data and decision making. Using actual data collected from various levels of the organization they will use statistical analysis to create and organizational strategic plan and demonstrate how it will redesign the organization.

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This course is designed for students to explore the methods and techniques grounded in adult educational theory, to help adultÕs learning in a variety of settings. This course will provide an instruction and introduction to critical reflections as a core capacity for teachers of adult learners.

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This course is designed for students to examine and understand the methods, strategies, practices, technology, and tools employed in facilitating adult learning. The course will focus on preparing students as an educational leaders in the development, implementation and evaluations of adults learning programs ranging from short-term programs to long term programs that are designed to advance professional development.

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This course is designed so students will develop an understanding of the significance of human resources available to leaders and related fiscal issues they will examine the current application, research and theoretical perspectives on human resources management practices in an educational setting. Particular attention will is given to the scholarly evaluation of theoretical and practical issues addressed by educational leaders. This course will provide an overview of strategies HR and the leadersÕ role in acquiring, developing, rewarding and managing the performance of talent in a highly complex academic environment. Moreover, this course will address important topics on staff relations and legal issues as they related to managing staff.

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This course is design for students to study in-depth the attributes for leaders who have affected change and examine their methodologies to effect change. Students will examine such areas as what characteristics those leaders demonstrated, their problem solving strategies and how they created a culture of change. This course will examine how leadership can impact an organizationÕs culture, structure, productivity, decision making, and resource allocation. It will examine not only the difference between management and leadership but also more effective in todayÕs educational organizations. The course will examine the impact of capital, planning, staffing finances and visioning. It will examine the many challenges educational leaders face in a constant changing environment.

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This course will examine the dynamics that influence the leadership of Real time/Relevant organizations, including such variable as changing demographics, workforce, economics, and technology. It will examine how leaders must not only be cognizant of these dynamics but must also develop strategies to address them.

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This course is designed to understand the moral and ethical imperative that faces leaders. It examines the virtues constructs of a leader, and how to resolve conflicts between personal ethics and organizational ethics. Moreover to apply and address complex ethical issues.

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This course examines the knowledge of how public policy is developed, and how research is used to develop public policy. The theoretical framework is to examine the literature regarding the internal and external influences on public policy and how organizations and individuals implement and react to this influence. The course will examine what is good public policy.

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This course focuses on the leadership skills needed to understand the theoretical framework of organizational decision-making, innovations, and identity. The construct in this course is to understand what the central analysis of decision making and what key concepts of decision making are central to organizations.

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Research Core (31 credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 7049 Intro to Doctorate Level Educ 1
ED - 7055 Doctorate Field Exp/Research 3
ED - 7050 Dissertation Preparation 3
ED - 7051 Overview of Research Method 3
ED - 7052 Quantitative Research Methods 3
ED - 7054 Written Comps 0
ED - 7056 Elective Research Methods 3
ED - 7061 Written Dissertation Proposal 0
ED - 7062 Dissertation 0

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge base of the requirements to be considered a doctorate candidate and the expectations that come with that candidacy. In addition, students will be prepared in the requirements of scholarly publication, scholarly presentations, develop skills in preparing a Professional Development Plan, (PDP), with obtainable goals, and how to submit an IRB for approval.

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This course is to offer for doctorate students to engage in a Doctorate Field Experience/Research in an organization of their choosing that will enhance their research agenda. They will develop an understanding of how organizations function.

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This course is designed to provide the students with the skills to: a) develop a research plan, b) develop a line of research, c) understand the use of research methodology, d) conduct a scholarly literature review, e) conduct a comprehensive literature review, f) begin to develop a research topic, and g) start to develop a framework of a dissertation proposal.

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This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the methods of research methods. Students will be an introduced to how to conduct research, what research is, and how to conduct analysis. Students will use this class as an opportunity to refine and expand on their research topic and dissertation proposal.

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This course is designed to offer an overview of quantitative research methods. Areas to be addressed in this course are sampling, measurements and instrumentation, research design, and conducting an analysis. The course addresses developing research questions and hypotheses, selecting research methods, and supporting conclusions for research. Compute assisted data analysis will be applied. Such specific content will be: a) understanding the deviations and correlations, b) relations among variables, c) reliability and validity, d) statistical inferences, e) regression analysis., f) use of most recent edition of SPSS, and g) factor analysis. A requirement of this course will be for students to develop a research design using the quantitative methodology.

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This course is designed for the student to demonstrate their writing skills and ability to articulate a comprehensive thought that captures the theoretical constructs presented in the course content.

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This course is designed so students will select a research methodology that is in alignment with their proposed research. They will study in depth this design and will begin to develop and prepare for their dissertation proposal

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This course is designed for the student to develop their presentation of the dissertation proposal to a doctorate committee. This includes the significance of the proposed study, literature review supporting the study, the proposed research design, and time line for completion. Once this is completed and approved the student will move into the status of a doctoral candidate.

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This course is the start of the dissertation development. Most of this will be time spent with the advisor and writing the first three chapters of the dissertation. The candidate will conduct their research. The sequence of expected outcomes are as follows: 1) the candidate will finalize the first three chapters, and begin, or finish collection of data, to conduct an analysis of the data collected. Start to draw inferences from the data, and 2) work with their advisor in developing their dissertation and prepare for its defense.

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NOTE - A one week on campus residency is required during the summers of the second and third years.
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours

Requirements

  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul Office of Graduate Admission ATTN: Kristine Erickson 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a Master’s level writing sample or a sample of work from a previous Ed.S. program will be acceptable. The writing sample may be an original sample of a publication, scholarship writing or Capstone.
  4. Submit a current, professional resume.
  5. Submit 3 letters of recommendation. Letters should come from 1) a direct supervisor, 2) a professional in the field of education or colleague, and 3) from another reference of your choice.
  6. Interview with Ed.D. Faculty. Once all application materials have been submitted, Concordia University – St. Paul Admissions will contact you to schedule an interview with our Faculty Chair and Director of Credentialing.

*A two-day on campus orientation is required prior to the start of classes.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Career Potential

At completion of the program you will earn a Doctorate in Education. Professionally, you will be referred to as a Doctor of Education and your signature line may include Ed.D. after your name.

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