Interdisciplinary EDD for Educational Leaders

Interim DirectorRaymond Horn, Jr., Ph.D.

Program Description

The specific aim of the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders (IDEPEL) is to prepare future leaders in Education both theoretically and practically for educational reform, social change, and social justice. Courses within this program connect the role of educational management, ethics, various research paradigms, culture, politics and policy in an interdisciplinary fashion. More generally, the Ed. D. program projects an ongoing vision of the Jesuit ideals of service and intellectual rigor. This is combined in partnership with and among University and community leaders.

Learning Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: Our graduates will develop strong qualitative and quantitative research skills as a basis for managing change in their fields.

Objective 1.1: Students become proficient in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research.

Objective 1.2: Students develop the capacity to design and implement their dissertation research.

Objective 1.3: Students develop the capacity to read and write within the technical requirements of the field.

Goal 2: Our graduates will gain experience at integrating theory and practice in their area of concentration.

Objective 2.1: Students gain experience at integrating theory and practice in their area of concentration through successful completion of their practicum projects.

Goal 3: Our graduates will develop a strong foundation in ethical leadership.

Objective 3.1: Students can articulate acceptable ethical norms and standards and can apply ethical or moral lens to leadership decisions.

Goal 4: Our graduates will develop mastery of specific skills in their area of concentration.

Objective 4.1: Students in the K-12 basic education area of concentration will demonstrate mastery of K-12 education leadership skills.

Objective 4.2: Students in the higher education area of concentration will demonstrate mastery of higher education leadership skills.

The following courses are required for the Ed. D. degree:

EDL 800Professional Seminar3
EDL 805Principles Quant Research3
EDL 810Quant Research Design3
EDL 815Social Change Culture & Ed3
EDL 820Ethics in Ed Leadership3
EDL 825Fiscal Resources3
EDL 830Contemporary Curriculum3
EDL 835Principles Qual Research3
EDL 840Qualitative Research Design3
EDL 845Policy & School Law3
EDL 850Educational Environment3
EDL 855Human Resource Management3
EDL 860Ed Planning & Evaluation3
EDL 865Communication & Public Relatns3
EDL 870Diss Sem & Proposal Writing3
EDL 875Administer Dynamic Institution3
EDL 893Dissertation Study12
EDL 894Dissertation Study0
EDL 899Dissertation Study0

Program Dismissal

It is expected that cohort members will demonstrate exemplary scholarship.  A cohort member whose scholarship and written work does not meet the standards expected in the IDEPEL program, the cohort member is required to schedule a conference with the Program Director, the academic advisor, and other faculty, as necessary, to discuss the cohort member’s ability to complete the program. This review might result in dismissal from the program.  A cohort member must maintain a GPA of 3.5 to remain in the IDEPEL program. During the three years of course work, in the event that a 3.5 GPA cannot be attained by the end of the three years of course work, the student will be dismissed from the program at that time.

Leaves of Absence

    It is expected that each cohort member will remain with the cohort in all activities and experiences during the four-year period.  In the event a short-term (less than one year) illness or personal crisis forces a cohort member to be physically absent from cohort experiences, if the cohort member is in good academic standing (i.e., a 3.5 GPA and completion of all practicum projects), then that individual may construct a leave of absence plan in concert with the Program Director. In the event the plan is not approved, the individual will be dismissed from the cohort.  However, if the individual leaves the cohort in good academic standing, an opportunity will be provided to enroll in the next cohort a year from the date of the granting of the leave of absence. During the leave of absence, the cohort member will be excused from tuition costs for the leave of absence semesters.

Course Registration

All active cohort members must be registered in the appropriate course(s) while matriculating in the program. After the fourth year of course work, the Program Director will register the cohort members in EDL 899. However, after the fourth year of study, cohort members will not be charged tuition in the semester in which they successfully defend their dissertation. For this to occur, the cohort member is responsible for notifying the Program Director of the pending final defense prior to the Registrar’s drop/add period in the given semester. In the event of an unsuccessful final defense, the cohort member will have to pay tuition for the ensuing semesters.

Years to Complete the Program

Each cohort member has a total of ten years to complete the program. This includes the required four years of course work and six years of additional study. If unsuccessful in completing the program by the end of the tenth year, the cohort member will be dismissed from the program. In addition, if there are two semesters of non-payment of the tuition, the cohort member will be dismissed from the program.

Graduation Process

All students must fill out a graduation application on the Nest. After a successful defense of the final dissertation and before there is a grade change on the student’s transcript, all graduation requirements must be met. This includes completion of the following: Registrar Requirements, Signature Pages, Approved and Completed Manuscript, IRB Protocol, the Library Dissertation Requirements for Graduation (i.e., Bindery and ProQuest processes), Bound Dissertation Copies, and Final Approval to Graduate.