This fully online EdD degree is focused on helping you develop leadership and analytical skills used to confront difficult problems of practice. It requires a minimum of minimum of 96 credit hours beyond bachelor’s degree, which includes 36 hours of a master’s degree, 12 hours of dissertation, 9 hours of research tools, 3 common doctoral hours, and 24-36 hours of electives.
You and your adviser will develop a concentration of elective courses in either educational leadership or higher education. If you pursue the community college leadership certificate in conjunction with the Ed.D. program you will complete 15 credit hours of courses as required for the certificate, and have 9-21 credit hours of electives.
Components of the Ph.D. with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education include:
||36 credit hours
||15 credit hours (assuming one research course completed with your master's degree)
||12 credit hours
|EDAD Master's Core (if not already completed)
EDAD 833 or 922
EDAD 837 or 925
| 0-12 credit hours
|Common Doctoral Course
||3 credit hours
|Introduction to Doctoral Study in Educational Administration
||1 credit hour
||Within the elective hours, students and advisors develop a concentration of courses in either educational leadership or higher education. Students who pursue the community college leadership certificate in conjunction with the Ed.D. complete 15 credit hours of courses as required for the certificate, leaving 9-21 credit hours of electives. Elective courses to develop a concentration in educational leadership or higher education can be selected from the electives listed below.
||27-42 credit hours
Introduction to classic and contemporary administrative theory as applied to educational organizations. The theoretical nature of the course content is relevant to those with an interest in a broad variety of educational institutions. General organizational theory, organizational models, historical schools of administrative theory, authority, power, motivation, and leadership. Frequently students are involved in studying problems of practice as a means of testing theory.
Critical analysis of the political and economic elements impacting K-12 school finance. Content and activities address both building and district level concerns with an emphasis on principles, programs, and trends in school finance.
Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.
Finance in Postsecondary Education
Federal and state government funding, institutional planning, technological and community influences, human resources finance, budgeting, and sources of financial support as they relate to postsecondary education institutions and agencies.
Law and Higher Education
Examination of legal principles applicable to postsecondary education institutions. Overview of the legal system, postsecondary education institutions as legal entities, authority for governance and administration, faculty rights and responsibilities, student rights and responsibilities, institutional and personal liability, and other selected issues.
Introduction to Research
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Educational...
Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Educational Administration
Workshop seminar topics are determined with the student’s adviser.
Leadership in Educational Organizations
Education administration problems with an analysis of research and literature pertaining to these problems.
College Students in America
This course is designed to provide students an understanding of a broad range of facts and issues pertaining to undergraduate college students in America.
Special Topics in Education
(CYAF 892; EDPS 892; EDUC 892; SPED 892; TTEAC 892) Prereq: EDPS 859 or parallel; EDPS 859 or equivalent Aspects of education not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.
Issues in Educational Politics and Policies
Analyze and evaluate policy processes involved in making choices; develop understanding, apply and evaluate knowledge about key political concepts and theories to the analysis of educational policy issues; analyze and evaluate issues as points of political conflict between institutional structures with competing interests; understand people as the actors in roles they occupy in the political system.
The Higher Education Environment
Universities are adaptive, living systems interacting with their environment. Equips participants with the skills required to analyze and assess the environment of higher education institutions. Environment concepts, components and structures are studied together with analysis techniques and methodological approaches to future study.
Educational Leadership in Community Colleges
Issues facing community college leaders and the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to provide effective leadership in the community college setting. Case studies of community colleges, combined with the literature on community college leadership, and active learning opportunities to examine current practices and develop a personal philosophy of leadership.
Administrative Issues in Postsecondary Education
Introduction to contemporary issues in the administration of postsecondary education with a focus on the scholarly literature, a comparative analysis of administration in types of institutions, leadership and planning, institutional and environmental issues, and selected topics.
The Community College
Designed particularly for those interested in upper secondary and college levels. Junior college movement; relationship of movement to provisions for an adequate educational program; functions of the junior college; legal status and basis for extension of junior college; problems of organization, administration, and curriculum.
Administration of Higher Educational...
Administration of Higher Educational Instructional Programs
Administration of higher education instructional programs. Exploration of curricular issues including an assessment of program quality and reputation, program reallocations, retrenchments, and expansions.
The American Professoriate: An Administrative...
The American Professoriate: An Administrative Perspective
Contemporary faculty issues in postsecondary education institutions from the perspective of college administrators. Current status of faculty, assigning faculty workloads and monitoring performance levels, evaluating faculty performance, structuring development activities, and special topics.
Global Issues in Higher Education
Selected issues affecting global educational policies and practices.
System theory, practice and problem solving. The strategic planning process in higher education. Models of strategic planning.
Teaching and Learning in the Community College
This course is planned for individuals who hold or aspire to leadership positions in community colleges that focus on or support instructional programs and others who seek to learn more about this particular aspect of America’s comprehensive community colleges. The primary purpose of the course is to develop a comprehensive understanding of five aspects of the community college:
- Its curricular missions (general education, transfer education, career education, remedial/developmental education, community education);
- Its faculty and student population;
- Issues concerning program and curriculum development;
- Human resources aspects related to instructional programs (full- and part-time faculty ratios, hiring qualified adjunct faculty, faculty development programs);
- Issues concerning the evaluation of programs and the assessment of student outcomes.
Workforce, Economic, & Community Development
Workforce, economic, and community development represents a central mission of the community college. Community colleges provide an important means for educating citizens and preparing skilled workers to maintain the civic vitality and economic growth of their communities. EDAD 890 develops the knowledge base and capabilities needed by community college leaders to advance the workforce, economic, and community development mission of the community college. This course explores the workforce, economic and community development role of the community college within the broader context of recent economic, social, and technological changes in communities, society, and the economy and examines the how this role is integrated with, and distinct from, other community college missions. Drawing on both sound theory and best practices, course topics include the strategy, structure, funding, policy, and programs of the community college related to workforce, economic, and community development. Using both conventional and applied/experiential learning activities, students will explore leadership issues related to planning, managing, budgeting, and evaluating the effectiveness of workforce, economic, and community development programs in the community college.
Seminar in College Student Development
EDAD, EDPS 977. (2-3 cr per sem, max 6) Current knowledge, theories, and practices, and related issues in the area of college student development. Special field experiences and research projects are available to students for additional credit.