Concentrations and Curriculum
In the foundation classes, students develop a background in the education literature and begin to identify a research problem for their doctoral thesis. These classes provide an overview of scholarly thinking and research on learning, leadership, and change in the context of practice. The following classes are required:
EDU 7209 Introduction to Doctoral Studies*
EDU 7202 Transforming Human Systems
EDU 7214 Changing Conceptions of Learning and Human Development: Research and Practice
EDU 7210 Leadership Theory and Research
*Must be taken in the first quarter
These classes will teach students the advanced data analysis methods necessary for doctoral-level research and help them develop skills to apply that research in their practice. The following classes are required:
Students choose one of three areas to focus their studies:
- Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership
- Higher Education Administration
- Organizational Leadership Studies
Students will complete foundation classes before beginning studies in their concentration. Need help choosing a concentration?
Students are encouraged to further customize their curriculum in the program by choosing four electives in their area of interest. Across all concentrations, over ten elective courses are offered.
For students who are interested in faith-based educational leadership, three elective courses are offered in the field. These three courses can be taken as a suite and replace concentration-level course requirements.
Doctoral Thesis Seminar
A series of four seminar courses is reserved for pursuing independent study on the
doctoral thesis. Students enroll in EDU 8796, EDU 8797, EDU 8798, and EDU 8799 during their final phase of the doctoral program, after a faculty advisory committee
approves their research plans.
What does it look like to be a Doctor of Education student? View a sample curriculum timeline.
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