University Bulletin 2019-20

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Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Doctor of education program in educational leadership

The Educational Leadership Executive Ed.D. program is an intensive 60 credit hour, three-year, cohort-based program designed for educators who wish to earn a terminal degree in educational leadership. Delivered in an executive format with on-line and blended courses, the Ed.D. program allows students to keep their current full-time jobs while also studying full-time. 

The program is aligned with the recommendations of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (http://cpedinitiative.org/) to redesign the Ed.D. to make it a stronger and more relevant degree for the advanced preparation of school practitioners and clinical faculty, academic leaders, and professional staff for the nation’s schools and colleges, and the learning organizations that support them. The program is intended to train an emerging generation of senior educational leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to connect research, theory, and practice in leading high performing learning organizations to manage resources strategically, engage in evidence-based decision-making, promote continuous improvement, and encourage innovation. 

The program includes courses in educational leadership, program assessment and evaluation, finance, ethics and legal issues, global education, and quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The dissertation process is structured and systematic, unfolding from the first course throughout the curriculum to make it possible to complete a dissertation study by the end of the program. The research courses in the curriculum are designed to build the expertise needed not only to complete the dissertation, but also to supervise, evaluate, and apply research to the management of complex educational organizations. 

Because the program is explicitly designed to prepare educational leaders who can use research and theory to create change by solving a problem of practice, students complete a dissertation in practice. 

The Doctor of Education degree has two concentrations. One area of focus is for K-12 practitioners, the other for aspiring Higher Education administrators. For information contact Dr. Ronald A. Styron, Jr., Department of Leadership and Teacher Education. The program accepts applications each March 15th for yearly cohorts starting the following May.

Upon admission, practicing K-12 administrators who hold an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership may request coursework from their Specialist degree be considered for transfer credit into the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.

A 3.5 program and institutional GPA is required at graduation. Courses over 10 years old cannot be used in the program.


Minimum Graduate Hours Required: 60
  Credit Hours
Common Core - To be taken for Higher Ed and K-12 options   21
EDL 695*   Mentoring Leadership 3 hrs  
EDL 699*   Research Project 1 hr  
EDL 699a*  Research Project 1 hr  
EDL 699b*  Research Project 1 hr  
EDU/IDE 640*  Instructional Development 3 hrs  
EDU/IDE 692*  Research Project Seminar  3 hrs  
IDE 615**  Assessment & Evaluation for Leaders 3 hrs  
IDE 620**  Quantitative Methods I 3 hrs  
IDE 631*  Intro Qualitative/Mixed Methods Research 3 hrs  
Higher Ed Concentration - To be taken only for Higher Ed option   27
EDL 720  Global Education 3 hrs  
HED 603  Current Problems in Higher Education 3 hrs  
HED 611  Human Relations in Higher Ed 3 hrs  
HED 621  Program and Curriculum Development 3 hrs  
HED 631  Seminar in Higher Ed Management Skills 3 hrs  
HED 701  Advanced Organizational Theory for Higher Ed 3 hrs  
HED 702  Higher Ed Finance 3 hrs  
HED 703  Advanced Leadership for Higher Ed  3 hrs  
HED 732   Ethics and Law for Higher Ed 3 hrs  
K-12 Concentration - To be taken only for K-12 option   27
EDL 603*  Current Problems & Issues in Ed Administration 3 hrs  
EDL 611*  Human Relations Skills 3 hrs  
EDL 621*  Seminar in Program & Curriculum 3 hrs  
EDL  631*  Seminar in Ed Management Skills 3 hrs  
EDL 701  Advanced Organizational Theory 3 hrs  
EDL 702  School Finance 3 hrs  
EDL 703  Advanced School Leadership 3 hrs  
EDL 732  Ethics and Law for Ed Leadership 3 hrs  
EDU/IDE 650*  Instructional Techniques 3 hrs  
Dissertation Hours (12 hours minimum)-To be taken for Higher Ed and K-12 options.   12
(If dissertation is not complete in 12 semester hours, student must register for 1 hr of EDL 799 each semester until dissertation is complete.)    
EDL 799  Dissertation Hours 3 hrs  
EDL 799  Dissertation Hours 3 hrs  
EDL 799  Dissertation Hours 3 hrs  
EDL 799  Dissertation Hours 3 hrs  

*Required courses for Ed.S. Instructional Leadership

**Ed.S. Instructional Leadership program requires IDE 615 OR 620. Both are required for the Ed.D.

Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
(251) 380-2761
Chair  Dr. Susan Santoli
Professors Baxter, Giles, Green, Kent, Santoli, Tunks
Associate Professors Martin, Maulding-Green, Styron, Vitulli
Assistant Professors Brannan, Delmas, Guffey, Johnson, Morton, Parrish, Reeves
Emeritus Professors Cronis
Senior Instructor Byrd, Simpson
Instructors Holland, Szatkowski

Department of Leadership and Teacher Education website
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/lte/

Undergraduate

The Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education leading to Alabama Class B certification in the following areas: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in Early Childhood Studies.

Graduate

The department offers the M.Ed. degree leading to Alabama Class A Certification in the following areas: Art Education, Instructional Leadership, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The department offers the M.Ed. degree in Educational Administration with an emphasis in higher education leadership.  The department also offers the Instructional Specialist degree (Ed.S.) leading to Alabama Class AA Certification in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, Reading Specialist, Secondary Education, Special Education and Teacher Leader. The department offers the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.