Hybrid Online Ed.D. Courses
The Ed.D. courses can be fulfilled by completing 62 credits in the following strands: educational leadership, research and analysis, international education, and dissertation. Information is provided below. Full-time students may complete this option in as little as 3.5 years, fast-tracking their career advancement.
Students have the option to pursue their 092 and Ed.D. simultaneously by taking 4 additional credits for a total of 66 credits. This option must be considered when admitted into the program.
Students who have completed an accredited Sixth-Year or Education Specialist post-Master’s degree can complete the Ed.D. program with as few as 42 credits.
Educational Leadership Strand (29 Credits)
|EDLD 603||Introduction to Leadership|
|EDLD 623||Evaluation of Educational Organizations|
|EDLD 653||Curriculum Review & Design|
|EDLD 801||Curricula Theory|
|EDLD 804||Constitutional Law|
|EDLD 805||Grant Writing|
|EDLD 807||Organization Management|
|EDLD 808||Program Evaluation|
|EDLD 817||Postsecondary Teaching (Leadership Internship)|
|EDLD 825||Doctoral Residency|
Research and Analysis Strand (9 Credits)
|EDLD 811||Introduction to Qualitative, Quantitative, & Mixed Methods Research|
|EDLD 812||Quantitative Research|
|EDLD 814||Qualitative Research|
Dissertation Preparation Strand (12 Credits)
|EDLD 813||Literature Review|
|EDLD 813A||Literature Theory|
|EDLD 845||Dissertation: Comprehensive Examinations|
|EDLD 846||Dissertation: Proposal Defense|
|EDLD 850||Continuous Dissertation|
International Education Specialization (12 Credits)
|EDLD 830||International Education Concepts & Theories|
|EDLD 820||Ethical Issues in International Education|
|EDLD 840||Comparative Education|
|EDLD 842||Culture, Society, and Education in International Contexts|
All matriculated doctoral students wishing to become doctoral candidates must pass the EDLD 845 course inclusive of the written comprehensive examinations. The comprehensive exams consist of: (a) one research methodological question; (b) one program focus question, and (c) one area of specialization question related to the students’ dissertation topic. Questions for the comprehensive examination are created by doctoral faculty with input from the student to rigorously assess mastery and knowledge garnered during coursework. The comprehensive examinations also gauge the students’ potential for independent dissertation research. Students should take the exams after all coursework has been completed.
Doctoral students who passed their comprehensive examinations can consequently enroll in the EDLD 846 course inclusive of the defense of the dissertation proposal.
The UB doctoral program guidelines are derived from standard practices among universities, libraries, and publishers. The student, their committee, and the School of Education expects careful attention to APA 7th style and format of the proposal document. The proposal includes the student’s statement of a research problem, the research questions and the chosen method of investigation. The proposal is the first step toward completion of the dissertation, which is an original contribution to one’s field of study. The study may be applied research; it may be experimental, quasi-experimental, or non-experimental in its design; it may include quantitative, qualitative, action, mixed or critical methodology.
The dissertation proposal is an overview of the student’s ideas for their dissertation. The purpose for the dissertation proposal is to state the problem and its significance, compile a comprehensive literature review, formulate research questions, and outline the method and procedures to conduct the research project. The proposal will include a graphic depiction of the methods proposed and a timeline for completion of the dissertation including the Institutional Review Board approval. Discussing the research proposal in draft format with members of the dissertation committee chair will enable the student to obtain advice early in the dissertation process regarding the suitability of the topic and the validity of the research questions, method, and proposed procedures.
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