Educational Leadership

Department:
Doctoral Studies

Director:
Carol Schultz, Interim Director

Faculty:
Leon Hendricks, Byung-In Seo, Chandra Cabraal

Degree(s)/Certification(s):
Ed. D. in Educational Leadership
+ State of Illinois Superintendent Endorsement

Content Designations:
EDDL

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program seeks to develop excellent educational leaders who are well grounded in research and theory in the organizational, sociological, legal, economic, political, philosophical and historical foundations of education. To learn to apply theory and research to practice, doctoral students in educational leadership are trained in the design and implementation of sound research principles, including qualitative and quantitative research. Finally, as scholars engaged in the generation, dissemination, and promulgation of ideas, doctoral students are expected to successfully complete a dissertation in which they apply sound research principles in the examination of a topic in applied educational leadership.

The program goal is to prepare students for educational and administrative positions at all levels of management and for professional opportunities associated with higher education entry and mid-level administrative or research positions. The program emphasizes the preparation of urban practitioners in research and leadership while linking supply and demand for diversified school leaders in Illinois.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the program, applicants must submit ALL of the following:

  1. A completed application form;
  2. A non-refundable application fee;
  3. Two official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Applicants must have completed a master’s degree in educational administration or a related educational field with a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The applicant must have successfully completed at least one 3-semester hour graduate level course with a grade of “B” or better, from an accredited institution in each of the following areas: Educational Law, Curriculum Development and learning Theories, Foundations of Finance, and Organizational Dynamics or Administration;
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professors and/or administrators addressing the applicant’s potential for success in a doctoral program;
  5. Official score report (general test/verbal and quantitative components of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is required. The test must have been taken within the past five years of admission date. GRE information can be accessed at www.GRE.com ;
  6. A typed double-spaced goal statement, which describes the applicant’s reasons for pursuing an advanced degree in educational leadership.

General Requirements

  • Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department.
  • Students are responsible for meeting the program and College requirements in effect at the time they officially register in program leading to advanced certification at Chicago State University, regardless of when they were admitted to the university.

Note: Candidates must abide by all College policies stated in this catalog, unless exceptions or adherence to higher expectations are noted in program documentation.

Ed. D. Educational Requirements

Semester One:

EDDL 6010 Organizational Theory & Educational Leadership (3)

EDDL 6050 Research & Statistics I (3)

Semester Two:

EDDL 6100 Curriculum and Instructional Leadership(3)

EDDL 6250 Research & Statistics II (3)

Semester Three:

EDDL 6200 Administrative Law (3)

EDDL 6350 Qualitative Research (3)

Semester Four:

EDDL 6150 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

EDDL 6300 Public Policy and Politics of Education (3)

Semester Five:

EDDL 6400 Personnel Administration (3)

EDDL 6450 Financial Administration (3)

Semester Six:

EDDL 6500 Educational Change & School Improvement (3)

EDDL 6550 Educational Assessment & Evaluation (3)

Semester Seven: 

EDDL 6600 Critical Issues in Urban Educational Leadership (3)

EDDL 6650 Seminar in Research & Dissertation Development (3)

Qualifying Examination

Semester Eight:

EDDL 6700 Clinical Experience I (3-100)

EDDL 6990 Dissertation* (3)

Semester Nine:

EDDL 6710 Clinical Experience II (3-100)

EDDL 6990 Dissertation (3)

Semester Ten:

EDDL 6990 Dissertation (3)

Semester Eleven

EDDL 6990 Dissertation (3)

*NOTE: Candidates are required to complete 12 hours of dissertation. Although four semesters of dissertation have been scheduled, some candidates may be able to complete the twelve required hours of dissertation in three semesters. All degree requirements must be complete within seven (7) years.

Educational Leadership (EDDL) Course Offerings

6010/601 ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

The study of conceptual frameworks to understand and improve the organizational dynamics of educational institutions. Critical examination of theoretical assertions and empirical knowledge. Implications of institutionalized organizational actions on long-term quality improvement.

6050/605 RESEARCH & STATISTICS I (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Examination of the different approaches of educational inquiry and the associated methods. Emphasis is on both descriptive and inferential statistics as related to quantitative and qualitative research. Acquisition of critical thinking and analytical skills used in the field of educational research.

6100/ 610 CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Exploration and analysis of the basic determinants of curriculum. Social factors that influence curriculum design, current trends and movements, and school reform efforts. Curriculum as a field of study through a historical perspective.

6150/615 PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Examination of long established philosophical traditions, such as idealism, perennialism, essentialism, romanticism, pragmatism, etc., and the ethical ramifications in the field of education.  . Particular emphasis will be given to the application of philosophical and ethical theories to educational issues, including but not limited to educational leadership.

6200/620 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

In-depth critical examination of current legal issues and their educational implications. Cases germane to Illinois school boards, including torts/liabilities, contracts, and collective negotiations are emphasized. Additional issues include personnel administration (hiring and firing of staff), grievances, contract administration, and more.

6250/625 RESEARCH & STATISTICS II (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Examination of practical implications of research in the field of educational leadership. Study in intermediate statistical methods normally found in research and work applications. Introduction to regression and factor analysis.

6300/630 PUBLIC POLICY AND POLITICS OF EDUCATION (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Macro and micro-level policy formation processes and the models of policy analysis in urban education. Analysis of the institutional and environmental factors influencing policy formation, implementation, and evaluation. Examination of conceptual, philosophical, and ethical issues related to educational policy-making at the national, regional, state, local, and institutional levels.

6350/635 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Review of theories, methodologies, and findings of qualitative research. Design and implementation of fieldwork in various research settings; community, institutional, classroom, and life history studies. Examination of issues in qualitative research.

6400/640 PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Exploration and analysis of the history, philosophy, psychological, and sociological factors affecting human resource management. An examination of employee satisfaction, academic freedom, facilitation and management of teamwork, hiring and assignment of staff, staff discipline, management of non-certified and non-teaching personnel, compensation and payroll, and staff development.

6450/645 FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

In-depth study of the sources of funding for schools in Illinois with a focus on local (real estate) revenues, state funding formulae, and federal funds which are available to elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities. Exploration of issues in school finance law from the Illinois School Code and the Illinois and U.S. Constitutions.

6500/650 EDUCATIONAL CHANGE AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

In-depth examination of change process, change strategies, institutionalization of change, school self-renewal, reform programs for changing the organization of school systems, instructional programs, and the roles of educators to improve learning. Exploration of the pivotal role of educational leaders (boards of education, superintendents, college presidents) in educational improvement and building a community of learners.

6550/655 EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Exploration of various models of evaluation and assessment. Identification of issues that impact upon district-wide assessment, such as school organization, instructional practices, or student achievement, and discussion relative to program effectiveness.

6600/660 CRITICAL ISSUES IN URBAN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Overview of critical issues in educational leadership: organization of urban schools, school violence, vouchers, gender, equity in school finance, reading, integration, affirmative action, critical thinking, multicultural education, national curriculum, values, business, testing, teacher empowerment, mainstreaming, academic freedom, unions, and private schooling.

6650/665 SEMINAR IN RESEARCH AND DISSERATION DEVELOPMENT (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Development of a dissertation topic. Review and summary of relevant literature. The dissertation proposal thus developed will be for practice purposes only.

6700/670 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE I (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership, successful completion of Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills, and successful completion of the Illinois Certification Test in Educational Administration.

Clinical experience for students with Type 75 certificates wishing to have a superintendent endorsement. One hundred clock hours in an educational institution at the regional or district level.

6710/671 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE II (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership, EDDL 6700, and successful completion of the Illinois Certification Test of Superintendency in Education.

Clinical experience for students with Type 75 certificates wishing to have a superintendent endorsement. One hundred clock hours in an educational institution at the district or state level.

6990/699 DISSERTATION (3 OR 6)

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Production of a scholarly dissertation that significantly contributes to the body of knowledge in the field. Following admission to candidacy, a doctoral student must enroll in dissertation hours every fall and spring. Summer is optional. May be repeated for credit.