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Doctoral Curriculum

Schedule

  Fall Winter Spring Summer 1 & 2
1st Year    EDD 701 EDD 720   EDD 710        EDD 712 EDD 703    EDD 750   EDD 724 
2nd Year EDD 791 EDD 702     EDD 704      EDD 721 EDD 751 (Deadline for acceptance of Dissertation)       EDD 711     EDD 724     
3rd Year EDD 722 EDD 724                    EDD 791     EDD 793           

Course offerings

            The following courses are new and have been designed to meet the competencies of the Ed.D. in Transformational Teaching and Learning.

   FOUNDATIONS CORE (21 hours):

EDD 701: Transformational Learning and Teaching: Personal and Professional Perspectives (3 hours) This course is an introductory seminar that introduces Learning Associates to the doctoral program and the multiple facets of transformational learning and teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective. The seminar provides a framework for the Learning Associate to further develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of teacher-leaders for 21st-century educational organizations. It is designed to encourage the investigation of the Learning Associate's teaching and leadership assumptions, behaviors and goals and to begin planning to improve personal and professional effectiveness.   

EDD 702: Transformational Learning Models and Instructional Design (3 hours) This course focuses on an in-depth study of current theory and research about curriculum design and its relationship to developing and sustaining Professional Learning Communities. Through a process of discussion, reflection, reading, discovery, designing and sharing of experiences, Learning Associates will develop a platform of beliefs about curriculum design. They will develop an authentic curriculum for their workplace and engage in the analysis of data to determine learning needs and outcomes of their clients. They will design a substantive, ongoing professional development plan for their workplace.

EDD 703: Leading and Implementing Transformation Change (3 hours) This course examines contemporary theories, practices, and research in planning, managing and assessing change in organizations as social systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on assessing the utility of theories based on previous and emerging research and deriving implications for professional practice.   

EDD 704: Transformational Issues and Trends (3 hours)  This course will examine the existing and emerging knowledge base for teaching and learning in educational organizations. It explores contemporary issues in education as the Learning Associates examine high impact learning and teaching with underachieving populations. Special emphasis is given to the impact of the interaction among organizational culture, leadership styles, and change. Learning Associates will select, design and implement a project and design a strategic plan including program evaluation strategies.   

EDD 710: Introduction to Action Research, Academic Writing and the Dissertation Process (3 hours) This course introduces Learning Associates to the process of dissertation action research including the development of their proposal that will become the focus of their research. Learning Associates will develop academic writing skills and skills in critiquing their research literature as well as strategies for developing research ideas. Emphasis will be placed on APA style writing.   

EDD 711: Understanding Statistics (3 hours) This course will provide Learning Associates with an understanding of how to use, apply, and interpret t-tests, correlation and regression, one-factor ANOVA and Chi-Square. Learning Associates will analyze readings that focus on inferential statistics as well as those which focus on mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative research designs).

EDD 712: Qualitative Research (3 hours) This course will introduce Learning Associates to qualitative research related to the development of an action research dissertation study. Topics will include research paradigms for qualitative designs; developing surveys/questionnaires; developing questions for and analyzing interviews, and interpreting qualitative research studies. Learning Associates will analyze readings that focus on qualitative research designs.  

SPECIALIZATION (18 hours):

EDD 720: At Risk Populations (3 hours) This course addresses the development of more effective interventions for at-risk learners with a focus on children in poverty and children suffering social and emotional risks. Learning Associates' primary work will be to develop a proposal for an intervention. LAs may select an intervention designed to improve students' academic performance; to reduce children's social or emotional risks; or to promote social, emotional, or moral development. The course will consider not only whether these initiatives ameliorate deficits and troubles, but whether they nurture strengths and resiliency as well; new models of resiliency will also be examined. 

EDD 721: Educational Policy and Diversity (3 hours) This course will prepare Learning Associates to be able to understand cultural adaptability and critical race theory. Learning Associates will develop new and analyze existing curriculums and policies that focus on multiculturalism and social justice. They will explore dimensions of gender, race and social-class equity in the workplace. Learning Associates will develop approaches to multicultural reforms by completing a site-specific proposal with a strategic action plan that will address multicultural issues in teaching and learning in their workplace.   

EDD 722: Data-driven Assessment and Decision-Making (3 hours) This course addresses the theories, professional approaches and understandings from various psychological perspectives as they relate to assessing, developing, leading and teaching people and programs. Emphasis will be on best practices from the educational, social sciences and management professions for sustaining an organization's capacity for continuous growth.   

EDD 724: Special Topics (3 hours, repeated 3 times) One special topics course per academic year will be co-designed with Learning Associates to meet the specific needs of the cohorts based on current trends and opportunities. Included may be national or international travel to study best practices in learning and teaching.

RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION CORE (21 hours):

EDD 750: Dissertation Seminar I (3 hours) Learning Associates will develop the first stages of their action research dissertation proposal. Topics will include integration of research methodology, measurement, and statistics; research ethics; IRB training; time management; and navigating through the dissertation process. 

EDD 751: Dissertation Seminar II (3 hours) In this course, Learning Associates will continue to develop their action research dissertation proposal. Topics will include the further development of the proposal as well as navigating through the dissertation process. This seminar continues the process of using a semi-structured working group to Learning Associates in various stages of the dissertation process, although emphasis is placed squarely on the development of the first three dissertation sections.    

EDD 791: Leader Scholar Communities (3 hours repeated three times)   Learning Associates will continue to develop their dissertation topics with their Leader Scholar Community. The LSC will meet regularly during the second year and as needed during the summer sessions during the dissertation research process.

EDD 793: Dissertation in Progress (1-6 credits can be repeated) This course will require directed independent study on the action research project and is specifically for students researching and writing dissertations.