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Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD)

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Our program prepares educators for government and private sector top-level P-20 administrative and policy-making positions.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

D’Youville’s Educational Leadership students gain real-world research and policy analysis experience that confronts key challenges faced by educational institutions. Students also make life-changing connections with fellow peers in the doctoral program, who serve in a variety of administrative and leadership positions throughout the region. The network of EDL alumni is growing and provides an impressive range of opportunities for research and professional growth.

Through disciplined discussions, student presentations at regional and national conferences, awards dinners and social seminars, students engage with peers, faculty, local and regional leaders and researchers. Coursework not only includes the traditional academic paper which prepares students for the dissertation, but also incorporates the crafting of policy briefs and other projects that apply classroom learning to the student’s practice site and the education profession at large.

Our graduates go on to advance their careers, with many now occupying senior leadership positions in K12 and post-secondary educational institutions; many conduct nationally recognized research, are noted policy analysts, and innovators of educational practice.

Our program can be completed part-time or full-time and is ideal for working professionals who want to give their career a boost. Most courses are offered during evenings, using a hybrid (50% online format), with many offered during the summer.

What You'll Learn

  • Research and evaluation methods, including an array of quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques and designs.
  • The foundations for writing the dissertation with an early start on the dissertation process.
  • An examination of cutting-edge research into the history and future of education policy, the relationship between education and inequality, and the significance of culture, gender and identity for school and university leaders.
  • Analysis of the legal and policy dynamics surrounding the finance and governance of education, as well as advanced study of assessment, accreditation, curricular issues, and community relations.

D'Youville Advantages

  • Our program can be completed part-time or full-time, ideal for working professionals who want to give their career a boost. Most courses are offered during evenings, using a hybrid (50% online format), with many offered during the summer.
  • Our faculty bring a diverse range of research, education, and professional experience to the classroom, providing you with a comprehensive education informed by real-world experience.
  • Through close interactions with faculty and collaboration with classmates, you’ll develop the kinds of professional and personal networks that will support you as you progress through the program and your career.
  • Collaborate and network with peer learners in a small-class environment.
  • Benefit from D'Youville's admissions partnerships.

Affordability

We offer an increasing number of scholarship and financial aid opportunities for doctoral students, including articulation agreements and discounts for military veterans.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Educational Leadership EdD curriculum combines research, academic study, and real-world learning opportunities to create a robust, interactive learning experience.

Educational Leadership
Degree: ED.D

Courses

Research Core

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDL 732

Advanced Statistics & Lab

This course is designed to refresh student backgrounds in descriptive and inferential statistics, and through review of this background, to develop a much richer and deeper understanding of the applications of these background skills to the reading and interpretation of literature and conducting research in the field of education. Students will review a wide variety of descriptive statistical techniques, then use these techniques to develop deeper understandings of their applications to advanced inferential statistical methods. Students will become familiar with ANOVA models, regression techniques, factor analysis, and multivariate applications, and use these applications to review literature in their field of interest.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

4.0
EDL 733

Quantitative Research Design

This course is designed to extend prior graduate training in quantitative research methodology to develop a much richer and deeper understanding of the applications of these background skills to the reading and interpretation of literature and conducting research in the field of education. Students will review a wide variety of quantitative techniques, including pre-experimental, true experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Students will conduct literature reviews on their topics of interest, and apply their understandings of quantitative research methodologies to literature in their field of interest. Students design a study of their choice applying all aspects of the course, including APA writing style, literature reviews, and a detailed methods section covering their applications of research design to their topic of choice.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: EDL-732

3.0
EDL 734

Qualitative Research Design

This course is designed to extend prior graduate training in qualitative research methodology to develop a much richer and deeper understanding of the applications of these background skills to the reading and interpretation of literature and conducting research in the field of education. Students will review a wide variety of qualitative techniques, including interviews,focus groups,content analysis and ethnography. Students will conduct literature reviews on their topics of interest,and apply their understandings of qualitative research methodologies to literature in their fields of interest. Students design a study of their choice applying all aspects of the course,including APA writing style, literature reviews, and a detailed methods section covering their applications of research design to their topic of choice.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: EDL-733

3.0
EDL 735

Case Study Method and Design

This course introduces and instructs students in case study method & design. The course applies previous coursework in statistics, quantitative methods, and qualitative methods to evaluating and conducting case studies in education. As a method for researching "how and why" questions regarding "real world" (or "natural" settings such as neighborhoods,schools, or academic departments),the unique features and appropriate applications of case study method and design are described and analyzed. Published case studies of education (education-related)endeavors are reviewed and evaluated.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: EDL-734

3.0
Total 13

Academic Core

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDL 731

Doctoral Seminar

Successful completion of doctoral-level coursework and in particular successful completion of the dissertation require a specific set of well-developed academic skills and orientations including the ability to: utilize library resources including databases and information technologies; conduct thorough literature reviews; apply theory to guide both research and practice; and comprehend, interpret, critique and produce academic prose. As such, the course provides students with a foundation for growth throughout the program.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
EDL 737

Inequality and Education

This course examines the history and current status of the relationship between education and various forms of social inequality. Relying on both historical writings and current empirical research, the course analyzes the various ways in which formal educational institutions have been and are related to sustaining, increasing and reducing various forms of social inequality. Emphasis is given to using this analysis to evaluate current educational policy and practice, especially with respect to the transition to post-secondary education.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: EDL-731

3.0
EDL 738

History & Future of Education Reform

This course identifies common themes in educational reform efforts over the past 150 years, and traces the history and future of these efforts within and across educational systems through an analysis of empirical research, historical writings and governmental and non-governmental initiatives. Common strands include reforms focused on: standardization, assessment and accountability; governance; curriculum and pedagogy; teacher training; professionalization; funding and accountability; and the use of technology. Emphasis is given to these themes vis-à-vis a critical analysis of the marketization and commercialization of education. This understanding is applied to ethically navigating the current reform landscape and evaluating current reform efforts.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: EDL-731

3.0
EDL 739

Cultural Perspectives in Education

This course draws from the fields of culture studies and multicultural education to understand cultural phenomenon in relation to education. It identifies and analyzes cultural issues at the institutional, organizational and classroom level.Emphasis is given to reviewing theoretical perspectives, empirical research, and demographic trends. The course also identifies and analyzes effective teaching-learning environments in the classroom at primary, secondary and post-secondary educational levels.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: EDL-731

3.0
Total 12

K-12 Professional Core

Course Number Course Name Credits
ELK 741

K-12 Education Governance, Law & Policy.

This course is designed to provide primary and secondary educational leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and successfully lead their organizations within the constraints and opportunites provided by current legal and governance structures. This course focuses on policy creation and implementation strategies while managing legal risks with special attention to respecting the civil rights of all constituency groups. This course will be structured to address current issues of importance to primary and secondary educational leaders.
Offered in: Summer Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ELK 742

Education Finance & Planning

This course is designed to provide primary and secondary educational leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and successfully lead their organizations within the constraints and opportunities current funding streams. This course focuses on legal, equity and budgetary issues, with a focus on improving the efficacy and efficiency. This course will be structured to address current issues of importance to primary and secondary educational leaders.
Offered in: Summer Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ELK 743

School-Community Relations

This course identifies and evaluates efforts to coordinate district,university,business/industry, and community service agencies in building effective programs that enhance the capacity of educators to meet the needs of all students. Students learn to communicate effectively with various cultural,ethnic,racial,and special interest groups within the community and learn to involve them appropriately in policy development,assessment,and planning. Students learn to design and implement community needs assessment,community participation projects,and community education organizations. Students develop and understanding of community power structures,including identifying major opinion leaders and their relationships to the school. Students develop an effective and interactive staff communications plan and public relations program.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ELK 744

Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Of Learning

Integrates the study of the fields of curriculum, instruction and assessment from the point of view of improving learning outcomes. This course provides a critical overview of current curriculum issues and prepares participants to assume an instructional leadership role in this area. Readings, simulations, case studies, critical reflection activities, and visiting speakers are used to develop understandings of current learning theory, curriculum development, instructional strategies, and assessments. In this way students will have opportunities to practice curriculum standards alignment, student achievement data analysis,and the integration of technology.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ELK 745

Applied Research Practicum I

Students develop an applied research proposal that studies an institutional issues or problems. The student will identify the question or problem to be studied and the student will, under the guidance of the instructor,develop an applied research proposal to be carried out in Applied Research Practicum II.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

2.0
ELK 746

Applied Research Practicum II

Students conduct the research or evaluation proposal developed in Applied Research Practicum I. The student will obtain IRB approval,collect and analyze the data,and write up the full research report.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ELK-745

2.0
Total 16

Higher Education Professional Core

Course Number Course Name Credits
ELH 741

Higher Education Governance, Law and Policy

This course is designed to provide post-secondary educational leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and successfully lead their organizations within the constraints and opportunities provided by the current legal context and choice of governance structures. This course focuses on policy creation and implementation strategies while managing legal risks with special attention on respecting the civil rights of all constituency groups.This course will be structured to address current issues of importance to post-secondary educational leaders.
Offered in: Summer Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ELH 742

Higher Education & Strategic Planning

This course provides detailed,hands-on experiences with the challenges that are faced by upper-level administration in the development, management, financing,and planning of higher education institutions. Costs,revenues, staffing,and constraints that face educational leaders in both public and private venues are examined.Extensive examples of organizational structures, personnel and staffing needs,and financial considerations are shown as dependent upon each other, and integral to the strategic planning needed to meet institutional missions.
Offered in: Summer Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ELH 743

Higher Education Curriculum

This course is designed to prepare post-secondary educational leaders with the skills to manage the changing world of curriculum in higher education. This course studies the development and management of curriculum within higher education; purposes,uses,and control;program development; and distance education. Emphasis is placed on curriculum evaluation and planning.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ELH 744

Program Evaluation and Outcomes Assessment

This course examines the advanced evaluation of instructional and educational programs,and introduces students to many of the critical issues involved in assessment in higher education. The course places strong emphasis on the assessment of student learning,and demonstrates this through examples from literature provided by a variety of accrediting agencies.Extensive examples provide mathematical and conceptual understandings of differing measurement approaches to reliability and validity techniques for assessment tools.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ELH 745

Applied Research Practicum I

Students develop an applied research proposal that studies an institutional issue or problem. The student will identify the question or problem to be studied and the student will, under the guidance of the instructor, develop an applied research proposal to be carried out in Applied Research Practicum II.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

2.0
ELH 746

Applied Research Practicum II

Students conduct the research or evaluation proposal developed in Applied Research Practicum I. The student will obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze the data, and write up the full research report.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: Elh-745

2.0
Total 16

Dissertation Core

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDL 752

Dissertation Proposal I

This is the first of a two-course sequence, in which students identify the final dissertation topic,and develop the major sections of a complete dissertation proposal for research of the topic under the guidance and supervision of an Educational Leadership faculty member. This course guides the student in all aspects of dissertation proposal design,format,and sequence. Students will provide a fully detailed topic for research of significance to the field,assemble a dissertation committee,and prepare the major aspects of the dissertation proposal, including introduction, theory for the research,review of the related literature,and a set of protocols for the conduct of the study.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
EDL 753

Dissertation Proposal II

This is the second of a two-course sequence, in which students prepare the final dissertation proposal,including all elements of written work in Edl 722,and preparing IRB applications,any applicable contact letters,and proposal defense presentation material under the guidance and supervision of an Educational Leadership Faculty member. This course guides the student in all aspects of dissertation proposal finalizing,defense,and application materials for IRBs. Students will provide all elements of the final written dissertation proposal,follow guidelines regarding its final presentation to the dissertation committee,scheduling of defense and any required revisions following the defense.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: EDL-752

2.0
EDL 831

Dissertation Guidance

Under the guidance of the dissertation committee, the doctoral candidate will complete the dissertation following the approved content and protocols of the proposal. The student will prepare and defend the completed dissertation and obtain the approval of the dissertation committee.
4
Total 9

Credits required for EdD courses: 50
Transfer Credits: 40
TOTAL required for EdD: 90

Careers

Careers

D'Youville graduates become top-level administrators, superintendents, and education analysts who make a difference in the schools, colleges, universities and communities they serve.*

Higher Education

For higher education administrators, D'Youville's doctoral program in Educational Leadership enhances the leadership and managerial abilities needed in colleges and universities.

K-12 Administrators

Doctoral degrees are often the preferred qualifications for district leadership positions.

*The Educational Leadership EdD program is not intended to lead to certification as a school principal.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

To apply, please use the doctoral programs application and complete the general requirements.

In addition, candidates must present the following:

Application Requirements
Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts for all institutions attended
Submission of any one of the following: GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores (optional).
Admission Requirements
A completed master's degree 
Evidence of leadership and professionalism in education or a related field
A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.50 (based on a 4.0 scale)
Two letters of professional recommendation
Please submit a written statement (1,000 - 1,500 words, including references) describing an educational problem that you would like to research if admitted to the program.
One writing sample, including examples from within your graduate program coursework or an individual scholarly publication
Professional resume or curriculum vitae

Applications for admission are considered on a competitive basis; applicants not meeting minimum requirements may not be admitted. 

Personal Stories

Agnieszka Zak-Moskal

Agnieszka Zak-Moskal | Alumni Story

The work and research Agnieszka Zak-Moskal began during her Educational Leadership dissertation led to conferences, workshops, consulting opportunities, and even the landing of her dream job.

Read Her Story
Catherine Huber

Catherine Huber | Alumni Story

Catherine Huber took on new roles as a leader and broadened the ways in which she thinks about public education with D'Youville's Educational Leadership program.

Read Her Story

Bonnie Fox Garrity

Bonnie Fox Garrity | Alumni Story

In D'Youville's Educational Leadership program, you'll share ideas, connect, and work with like-minded peers. Dr. Fox Garrity used that environment and the program's flexibility to advance her career as an educator and researcher.

Read Her Story
Timothy Oldenburg

Timothy Oldenburg | Alumni Quote

"I am extremely confident in performing the duties and responsibilities of my job due to the transformative experience I had as a student at D'Youville. The requirements of the program changed me as an educational leader and as a person."

— Timothy Oldenburg, Superintendent of Schools for the City of Tonawanda

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