Our Program

Program outcomes will be assessed against the following benchmarks:

Benchmark I

Admission to Ed.D. Program

Benchmark II

Completion of All Coursework

Benchmark III

Qualifying Examination

During semester VII, after all required coursework (Note: the six hours of internship are not counted in required coursework) is completed, students will take a qualifying examination.

Benchmark IV

Admission to Doctoral Candidacy

During semester VII, and provided they have passed the Qualifying Examination, students should apply for admission to candidacy for the doctoral program (i.e., admission to dissertation status).

Candidacy admission requires:

  • Finding a faculty member to supervise (Chair) the dissertation;
  • Recruiting a dissertation committee (typically four faculty members, one of whom is outside Chicago State University); and
  • Writing a summary of the dissertation proposal, that includes a brief description of the problem and the design of the proposed research. (This last item need not be as detailed as the dissertation prospectus that will be submitted to the student's dissertation committee, after admission to candidacy)

The dissertation is then conducted over the next four semesters.

Benchmark V

Oral Defense of Dissertation
Program Completion and Graduation

Required Coursework*
Semester I
EDDL 6010 Organizational Theory and Educational Leadership 3 hrs.
EDDL 6050 Research and Statistics I 3 hrs.
Semester II
EDDL 6100 Curriculum and Instructional Leadership 3 hrs.
EDDL 6250 Research and Statistics II 3 hrs.
Semester III
EDDL 6200 Administrative Law 3 hrs.
EDDL 6350 Qualitative Research 3 hrs.
Semester IV
EDDL 6150 Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Education 3 hrs.
EDDL 6450 Financial Administration 3 hrs.
Semester V
EDDL 6300 Public Policy and Politics of Education 3 hrs.
EDDL 6400 Personnel Administration 3 hrs.
Semester VI
EDDL 6500 Educational Change and School Improvement 3 hrs.
EDDL 6550 Educational Assessment and Evaluation 3 hrs.
Semester VII
EDDL 6600 Critical Issues in Urban Educational Leadership 3 hrs.
EDDL 6650 Seminar in Research and Dissertation Development 3 hrs.
***Qualifying Examination
***Admission to Candidacy
Semester VIII
EDDL 6700 Clinical Experience I 3 hrs.
EDDL 6990 Dissertation 3 hrs.
Semester IX**
EDDL 6710 Clinical Experience II 3 hrs.
Semesters X
EDDL 6990 Dissertation 3 hrs.
Semester XI
EDDL 6990 Dissertation 3 hrs.

*Candidates have 7 years to complete the program.

**EDDL 6990 (Dissertation) is not offered during the summer semesters.