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Course Requirements

Required Courses 

EDLD 801 Curricula Theory
EDLD 804 Constitutional Law 
EDLD 805 Grant Writing 
EDLD 807 Organization Management 
EDLD 808 Program Evaluation
EDLD 811 Intro to Research
EDLD 812 Quantitative Research
EDLD 813 Literature Review
EDLD 813a Literature Theory
EDLD 814 Qualitative Research
EDLD 815 Mixed Methods Analysis
EDLD 816 Action Research
EDLD 845 Comprehensive Exam
EDLD 846 Dissertation Proposal 
EDLD 850 Continuous Dissertation 

Required Courses to add 092 Certification

EDLD 601 Introduction to Education Leadership 
EDLD 618 Public School Finance 
EDLD 619 School Law 
ELD 621 Evaluation of School Effectiveness 
EDLD 651a Workshop in Curriculum Development 
EDLD 652 Supervision/ Evaluation of Personnel 
EDLD 664 Supervision/Services Exceptionalities 
EDLD 681a Administrative Internship 

Elective Courses are chosen with adviser’s consent 

(Students without applicable post-master’s degree
EDLD 601 Introduction to Education Leadership
EDLD 613 Current topics in Education Leadership 
EDLD 614 Leadership School Facilities
EDLD 618 Public School Finance
EDLD 619 School Law 
EDLD 621 Evaluation of School Effectiveness
EDLD 651a Workshop in Curriculum Development 
EDLD 664 Supervision/Services Exceptionalities 
EDLD 680a Urban Leadership
EDLD 817 Postsecondary Teaching

Distance Learning Courses

EDLD 601-DL Introduction to Education Leadership 
EDLD 621-DL Evaluation of School Effectiveness 
EDLD 651a-DL Workshop in Curriculum Development
EDLD 806-DL Policy 
EDLD 820-DL Ethical Issues in International Education
EDLD 830-DL International Education Concepts & Theories 
EDLD 840-DL Comparative Education 
EDLD 842-DL Culture, Society & Education in International Contexts 

Additional Requirements


A substantial period of residence must be included in a doctoral program to provide significant faculty-student interaction, opportunities for exposure to and engagement with cognate disciplines and research scholars working in those disciplines, and significant face-to-face peer interaction among graduate students. Residency is established through continuous enrollment, fall, spring, and summer with a minimum of 3 credits per semester in the first two years. International students are not required to take courses in the summer. Residency provides the opportunity for a mentor-apprentice relationship between faculty and students and time for in-depth and direct faculty support of students. Thus, the intent of the residency requirement is to ensure that doctoral students contribute to and benefit from the complete spectrum of educational, professional, and enrichment opportunities provided on and off the University of Bridgeport campus.

All students who wish to become doctoral candidates must pass EDLD 845, the written comprehensive examination. The comprehensive exam consists 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 the doctoral faculty with input from the student. This examination assesses mastery and knowledge garnered during coursework. The comprehensive examination also gauges the student’s potential for independent dissertation research. Students should take the exam at the conclusion of their third year, after all coursework has been completed. Students will have 10 days per question to complete the take-home comprehensive exam. Each question should be 15 pages with no less than 15 appropriate citations per question representing coursework in the program, and the students’ research in their specialization strand. Following APA 6th edition is mandatory!

The doctoral program requires passage of the comprehensive examination by the student’s committee. The student, his/her committee, and the School of Education expects careful attention to APA 6th style and format in the proposal document. The UB Doctoral Guidelines are derived from standard practices among universities, libraries, and publishers. The proposal includes the student’s statement of a research problem and the chosen method of investigating it. 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. Writing the dissertation proposal begins immediately upon entering the on ground Ed.D. program guided by a unique sequence of seven 3-credit courses (EDLD: 811, 812, 813, 813a, 814, 815, 816). It is essential that the student be capable of discussing the theoretical basis of a proposed study and specific methodologies as approved by IRB and the dissertation committee before the student begins formal data collection.

The dissertation proposal draft is a 30-50 page overview of the student’s ideas for his/her dissertation and a well-developed draft of her/his literature review. The draft is created in the first year of the program as part of EDLD 811-Introduction to Research, EDLD 812-Quantitative Research, and EDLD 813-Literature Review. The proposal provides opportunities for guidance from dissertation committee members and is a basis for further expansion of the methodology in EDLD 813a-Literature Theory, EDLD 814-Qualitative Research and EDLD 815-Mixed Methods Research taken in the second year. The purpose of the dissertation proposal draft is to state the problem, purpose, research questions, methodology, and procedures to conduct the research project. The proposal draft will include a graphic depiction of the methodology and methods and a timeline for completion of the dissertation proposal including literature review and Human Subject approval. Discussing the research proposal in draft format with a potential committee chair, other potential committee members and peers enable the student to obtain advice early in the dissertation process as to the suitability of the topic and as to whether or not the research questions, methodologies, and procedures are logical, appropriate, and sound.

Once the student has successfully passed the Comprehensive Examination (EDLD 845) and completed the Dissertation Proposal Defense (EDLD846), he or she is eligible to apply to be a Doctoral Candidate. The student should submit the form “Admission to Doctoral Candidacy” to the Director or Dean. Doctoral Candidacy allows the student to register for dissertation advising EDLD 850 which is a 0-credit course but is deemed to be full time. A student must be a candidate for at least one semester prior to the granting of the degree. A student may not graduate unless granted a waiver to defend the dissertation during the semester immediately following the completion of the proposal. The purpose of this requirement is to assure a minimal lapse of time for effective work on the dissertation after the acquisition of the basic competence and after delineation and approval of the research problem and methodology. Once students are advanced to candidacy, they must be enrolled in EDLD 850 continuously (fall and spring semesters) for dissertation advising and supervision until graduation. If the student is not advanced to candidacy within six years from the time of admission to the doctoral program, the student should be dismissed from the program unless a special waiver has been granted. Each student has a three-member dissertation committee; the Director of the Ed.D. Program and/or the Dean of the School of Education additionally sign off on documentation.

Note: Completion of Doctoral Degree
The degree must be completed within seven years of the date from which the student started coursework in the doctoral program. In exceptional cases, the department may recommend that the Dean grant an extension of this limit.