Educational Leadership (EDD)

EDD 700   Doctoral Studies Orientation   0.5 Units

The Doctoral Studies Orientation provides students with an entire overview of the program from coursework to dissertation proposal and finally to successful completion of the dissertation. The orientation will cover the scope and sequences of the coursework with an overview of how the research benchmark assignments are integrated to prepare students for successful dissertation proposal and completion. The Doctoral Studies Orientation includes an overview of the library resources available within the library and through outside access. Also highlighted in this orientation will be an overview of the blended learning approach taken in the program and expectations for student performance as outlined in the doctoral student handbook.

EDD 701   Leadership for Whole System Reform   3 Units

This course will equip students with knowledge and skills to understand and practice their role as leaders in a climate of change. An emphasis will be placed on applying leadership and organizational theory to build and sustain coherent systems of learning. Additional emphasis will be given to the role of leadership in setting the moral example, fostering a caring environment, and developing a community of learners respectful of all members and differences. Students will assess their leadership traits and styles, their strengths and areas in need of improvement. Research skills will be strengthened through the evaluation and annotation or primary sources on such topics as whole system reform, coherence building, systems thinking, leadership, organizational planning and learning.

EDD 702   Building Capacity for Learning and Continuous Improvement   3 Units

This course immerses students in an in-depth exploration of three leadership modes - instructional, adaptive, and transformational - to create capacity for learning and continuous improvement. Through the examination of these modes, students will further their understanding, skills and competencies to ensure quality learning systems, cultivate a high-performing faculty, foster continuous improvement, inspire a shared vision, model cultural responsiveness, and sustain inclusive learning communities. Research skills will be strengthened through the evaluation and annotation of primary sources on such topics as capacity building, leadership, and learning organizations, among other topics. Students will also create a personal philosophy and leadership development plan to demonstrate their own commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

EDD 703   Technology in a Systems Approach to Leadership   3 Units

This course will provide students opportunities to learn and to utilize technology for pursuit of information, providing transformational instruction, communicating effectively with all stakeholders, and fostering an organizational culture that embraces technology toward ongoing improvement. The course covers a wide spectrum of available technological resources to help leaders better understand student achievement as well as contextual factors (e.g. school climate, parent satisfaction, teacher satisfaction) in schools. Specific emphasis will be given to exploration of potential applications of technological resources as they become an integral component of leadership and school culture, performance monitoring, and enhancing learning options for students and staff members.

EDD 704   Strategic Human Resource Management and Development   3 Units

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage human resources in a way that supports learning for all students, fosters a professional work environment, upholds contractual agreements, and develops employee capacity fairly and ethically. Specific emphasis will be focused on promoting effective and collaborative performance reviews, legal compliance, and strategic placement of resources to maximize organizational effectiveness toward student learning.

EDD 705   Sustained Fiscal Leadership for Organizational Effectiveness   3 Units

This course provides students with an overview of successful fiscal leadership by surveying the dynamic landscape of school funding from federal, state, and local levels. This course will provide students with abilities to effectively lead safe, efficient, and effective organizations through meaningful and compliant fiscal management of organizational components, operations, and resources. Emphasis will be given to the study of the major responsibilities of a fiscal leader and the utilization of resources in effective and transformative ways.

EDD 706   Policy, Law and Practice in Dynamic Settings   3 Units

This course will provide students with insight into the development of, response to, and ability to influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts impacting educational organizations and practices. Specific emphasis will be given to standards, policies, and entities presently guiding decisions at national, state, district, and school levels. A history of the political aspects inherent to education policy and how these policies transverse from the federal government to state education agencies, district offices, and as they are ultimately implemented at the local level will also be provided. NOTE: Group travel to Washington D.C. to meet with governmental officials will be incorporated into this course.

EDD 707   Change Forces in Diverse Educational Settings   3 Units

This course will provide students insight, knowledge, and motivation to lead in response to identified needs for educational change in global community: applying change-agent leadership vision, promoting future success among all groups of students, using influences of diversity to improve teaching and learning, and motivating others to seek innovation. Students will be prepared to recognize threats to organizational effectiveness, develop sustainable plans to minimize threats, and focus learning organizations toward the meeting of goals. Specific emphasis is placed on applied theory and research on organizational change and systems thinking in diverse educational settings. NOTE: Group travel to an international country (optional) is designed to generate a comparative analysis of different educational systems, and to identify desirable attributes to incorporate into local organizational settings.

EDD 751   Statistical Analysis for Educational Leaders   3 Units

This course will provide students with an overview of statistics as applied to the educational setting in school leadership through review basic statistics and utilization of the Statistic Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) as the technological platform for managing and understanding data to drive decision making in schools. Students will participate in hands on learning labs applying statistical analysis to real data sets and become skilled in the analysis, interpretation, and consumer use of statistical analysis applied to school settings and situations.

EDD 752   Applied Quantitative Methods for Educational Leaders   3 Units

This course will provide students with an exposure and skill development in the use of quantitative methods for the study of educational research as they learn and understand the theoretical underpinnings of quantitative methods and the application of these methods for effective leadership in dynamic educational settings through conducting and understanding of research as a key competency for those who will successfully lead school organizations in the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to the quantitative methods that will help leaders guide teachers and stakeholders to better solutions for solving educational problems in the local context and prepare them to craft and answer important educational questions using quantitative methods and applied statistical analysis.

EDD 753   Applied Qualitative Methods for Educational Leaders   3 Units

This course will develop students skill sets in the use of qualitative methods for the study of educational research as they learn and understand the theoretical basis of these methods and how they are applied to successful leadership. The collection, analysis, and reporting of qualitative data will be covered to prepare students to craft and answer important educational questions using qualitative methods.

EDD 754   Quantitative Research Methods for Special Education Leaders   3 Units

This course will provide students with an exposure and skill development in the use of quantitative methods for the study of educational research as they learn and understand the theoretical underpinnings of quantitative methods and the application of these methods for effective leadership in dynamic educational settings through conducting and understanding of research as a key competency for those who will successfully lead school organizations in the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to the quantitative methods that will help leaders guide teachers and stakeholders to better solutions for solving educational problems in the local context and prepare them to craft and answer important educational questions using quantitative methods and applied statistical analysis.

EDD 755   Qualitative Research Methods for Special Education Leaders   3 Units

This course will develop students skill sets in the use of qualitative methods for the study of educational research as they learn and understand the theoretical basis of these methods and how they are applied to successful leadership. The collection, analysis, and reporting of qualitative data will be covered to prepare students to craft and answer important educational questions using qualitative methods.

EDD 771   Dissertation Seminar I   0.25 Units

Dissertation Seminar 1 serves as an orientation to the initial stages of the dissertation seminar process. This seminar will focus on identification of a potential research topic, conducting a broad scan of the literature, reviewing, summarizing, and classifying annotated sources, and mastering the academic writing style (American Psychological Association). Students will be provided with an overview of dissertation topics and sample dissertation proposals. The seminar will also reference work done on the Annotated Bibliography Benchmark Assessments.

EDD 771A   Dissertation Seminar I (Continued)   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 771.

EDD 772   Dissertation Seminar II   0.25 Units

Dissertation Seminar II will build on the information covered in Dissertation Seminar I with the final outcomes of the seminar to be the development of a prospectus and focused review of literature (i.e. annotated bibliography) for the preliminary dissertation proposal. In this seminar students focus on annotating and evaluating sources and narrowing a researchable topic, while beginning the process of identifying a theoretical framework and preliminary research method. Attention will be given to identifying problem statements and research questions that can guide their progress toward completion of the preliminary dissertation proposal. Students build upon the Annotated Bibliography and Preliminary Literature Review Benchmark Assignments to move students toward an initial outline for the preliminary dissertation proposal.

EDD 772A   Dissertation Seminar II (Continued)   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 772.

EDD 773   Dissertation Seminar III   0.25 Units

Dissertation Seminar III serves as a time for students to focus on scholarly writing skills and specifically on the development of a problem statement and a preliminary chapter two of the dissertation proposal. Important in this seminar will be the student's identification of a theoretical framework and the kinds of references they will need to continue to gather for the literature review. This seminar builds on the Annotated Bibliography and Preliminary Literature Review Benchmarks towards developing student broader understanding of their research ideas related to the literature. Students will receive faculty feedback on drafts of their written work. The final outcomes include the identification of a research problem completion of a preliminary chapter two literature review.

EDD 773A   Dissertation Seminar III (Continued)   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 773.

EDD 773B   Dissertation Seminar III (Continued)   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 773A.

EDD 774   Dissertation Seminar IV   0.25 Units

In Dissertation Seminar IV students will focus on the development of the preliminary methodology chapter for the preliminary dissertation proposal and on the development and alignment of research questions to research methods described in the chapter. Students will be guided on the collection and analysis of data, both quantitatively and qualitatively, to lead them to answering of their research questions, based on skills that have been developed through the Research Benchmarks: Quantitative Research Plan and Qualitative Research Plan. Students will also receive feedback from the instructor on drafts of chapter one (problem statement, purpose of the study, & research questions) and chapter three of the preliminary dissertation proposal.

EDD 774A   Dissertation Seminar IV (Continued)   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 774.

EDD 774B   Dissertation Seminar IV (Continued)   0.25 Units

Dissertation Seminar 774B serves as a time for writing, review, revision, and approval of the preliminary dissertation proposal. Students will also be provided with direction in developing a detailed timeline leading them to successful completion of the next stages of the dissertation process.

EDD 775   Dissertation Seminar V   0.25 Units

Dissertation Seminar V parallels EDD 791 (a-c) to provide doctoral candidates further direction and strategies in implementing the comprehensive dissertation proposal, addressing challenges that arise in the collection and analysis of data, organizing and writing chapter 4 and chapter 5 of the final dissertation document, and preparing for the dissertation oral defense as outlined in the doctoral student handbook. Candidates will also attend and participate in a professional conference to gain a complete understanding of the research process and to promote networking among professionals.

EDD 775A   Dissertation Seminar V (Continued)   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 775.

EDD 775B   Dissertation Seminar V (Continued)   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 775A.

EDD 775C   Dissertation Seminar V (Continued)   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 775B.

EDD 776   Dissertation Seminar VI   0.25 Units

In this seminar time will be given to challenges that arise in the collection of data and strategies for addressing these challenges. Students will have the opportunity to give research updates pertaining to their collection of data and execution of the research plan. Special attention will be given in this seminar to the successful preparation of chapter 4 and chapter 5 of the final dissertation document. Students will also be provided with guidance on the dissertation oral defense as outlined in the doctoral student handbook.

EDD 781   Dissertation   1-3 Units

During the dissertation proposal and research phases, the doctoral candidate engages in a number of activities and tasks to fulfill the requirements of the dissertation track. A doctoral student may need addtitional time to complete the preliminary dissertation proposal, under the guidance of the student's Seminar IV professor. Once approved by the seminar professor and Doctoral Office, the doctoral candidate is assigned to a dissertation chair and committee. Under the direction of the dissertation chair and working with committee members, the doctoral candidate develops final versions of the dissertation proposal including the problem statement, literature review, and research design. The candidate will also receive training and gain certification on the institutional review board (IRB) approval process at Concordia and submit proposals to the IRB. During this time the candidate also prepares for the oral defense of the dissertation proposal and work with the dissertation chair to schedule the oral defense of the proposal. Dissertation research involves implementation of the dissertation research design, collection and analysis of data, and reporting and discussion of research findings. Each doctoral candidate will execute the research design, follow the dissertation proposal timeline, collect and analyze data related to dissertation research questions, work with the dissertation chair to discuss the execution of the dissertation research plan and progress made on data collection and analysis, organize and write drafts of chapters 4 and 5 of the dissertation, and prepare for the dissertation oral defense as outlined in the doctoral student handbook. Dissertation research culminates in the successful completion of dissertation and dissertation oral defense.

EDD 781A   Dissertation   1-3 Units

EDD 781A is a continuation of EDD 781.

EDD 791   Dissertation   1-3 Units

EDD 791 is a continuation of EDD 781A.

EDD 791A   Dissertation   1-3 Units

EDD 791A is a continuation of EDD 791.

EDD 791B   Dissertation   1-3 Units

EDD 791B is a continuation of EDD 791A.

EDD 791C   Dissertation   1-3 Units

EDD 791C is a continuation of EDD 791B. Graduation Application Fee: $184.

EDD 792   Dissertation   1 Unit

EDD 792 Dissertation Research is a course extension requirement for candidates who have not completed the dissertation and the dissertation oral defense. Tuition fees are waived for this extension.

EDD 792A   Dissertation   1 Unit

EDD 792A is a continuation of EDD 792. Tuition fees are waived for this extension.

EDD 792B   Dissertation   1 Unit

EDD 792B is a continuation of EDD 792A. Tuition fees are waived for this extension.

EDD 792C   Dissertation   1 Unit

EDD 792C is a continuation of EDD 792B. EDD 792A is a continuation of EDD 792. Tuition fees are waived for this extension.

EDD 793   Dissertation   1 Unit

EDD 793 Dissertation Research is a course extension continuous enrollment requirement for the candidates who have not completed the dissertation and the disseratation oral defense, by the end of EDD 792B. Tuition fees are waived for this extension.

EDD 793A   Dissertation   1 Unit

EDD 793A is a continuation of EDD 793. Candidates, who have not completed the dissertation and the dissertation oral defense in EDD 793A, enroll in EDD 793B and then EDD 793C, etc as warranted. Tuition fees are waived for this extension.