2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Ed Leadership: Educational Administration (EDD)

EDD 700   Doctoral Studies Orientation   0.5 Units

The Doctoral Studies Orientation provides new students with an entire overview of the program from course work 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 instructional delivery system utilized 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 cultures 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, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and identify areas in need of improvement. Research skills will be strengthened through the evaluation and annotation of 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 organization, 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 (ex. school climate, parent satisfaction, teacher satisfaction) in schools. Specific emphasis will be given to exploration of potential applications of technological resources in a current organizational setting for becoming 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 sustainable 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 upon promoting a learning organization through 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 in schools 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. Specific 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 organizations and practices. Specific emphasis will be given to standards, policies, and entities presently guiding decisions at national, state, and local levels. The course provides a rich history of the political aspects inherent to policy and how these policies transverse from the federal government to state and local levels. Group travel to Washington D.C. to meet with governmental officials will be incorporated into this course.

EDD 707   Change Forces in Diverse Settings   3 Units

This course will provide students insight and knowledge into the challenges and complexities of intercultural communication in the global context. The course engages students in the process of reflective, critical thinking and acting to enable them to navigate in complex and dynamic intercultural environments and educational settings. Specific emphasis is placed on knowledge and skills necessary for cross-cultural interpersonal and group communication that reflects a commitment to respect for other cultures and an ability to communicate with diverse audiences. Central to the course is the idea that understanding of cultures is essential to leading diverse learning organizations in a rapidly changing and mobile world. The course concludes with an examination of how changing culture in systemic ways can lead to successful reform. International Research Trip or Experiential Learning Practicum is embedded within this course.

EDD 751   Statistical Analysis for 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. A software fee is required.

EDD 752   Mixed Research Methods for Educational Leaders   3 Units

This course provides students with an exposure and skill development in the use of mixed methods, both qualitative and quantitative, for the study of educational research. Students will learn and understand the theoretical underpinnings of mixed methods and the application of these methods for effective leadership in dynamic global settings. The course approaches conducting research and the understanding of research as a key competency for those who will successfully lead schools and organizations in the 21st century. Special attention is given to design of research questions, problem and purpose statements, variables, constructs and sampling. This course also prepares students to craft and answer important educational questions using mixed methods.

EDD 753   Qualitative Design and Analysis for Educational Leaders   3 Units

This course develops students skill set in the use of qualitative methods for the study of educational research. Students will learn and understand the theoretical basis of qualitative methods and how these methods are applied toward the successful leadership of schools and school districts. The course covers the collection, coding, analysis, and reporting of qualitative data. This course also prepares students to craft and answer important researchable questions using qualitative methods.

EDD 771   Dissertation Seminar I   0.25 Units

Dissertation Seminar I 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 1 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 Assessments 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 Advisement I   0.25 Units

Dissertation Advisements serve as a time for students to focus on scholarly writing skills and the development of a problem statement and a preliminary chapter two and chapter 3 of the dissertation proposal. Important during these advisements 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. Initially students build on the Annotated Bibliography and Preliminary Literature Review Benchmarks toward developing broader understanding of their research ideas related to the literature. Each student is assigned a dissertation committee chair to direct the student through the dissertation track process and to provide feedback on drafts of student written work. Also during Dissertation Advisements, 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 the answering of their research questions, based on skills that have been developed through the Research Benchmarks: Quantitative Research Plan and Qualitative Research Plan. Each student will also receive feedback from her or his chair and research course instructor on drafts of chapter one (problem statement, purpose of the study, & research questions) and chapter three of the preliminary dissertation proposal. EDD 774b Dissertation Advisement serves as a time to develop a mixed methods research design from previous work conducted for the Quantitative Research Plan and Qualitative Research Plan. Time is also devoted to writing, review, revision, and approval of the preliminary dissertation proposal. Moreover, students will be provided with direction in developing a detailed timeline leading them to successful completion of the next stages of the dissertation process.

EDD 773A   Dissertation Advisement II   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 773.

EDD 773B   Dissertation Advisement III   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 773A.

EDD 774   Dissertation Advisement IV   0.25 Units

Dissertation Advisements serve as a time for students to focus on scholarly writing skills and the development of a problem statement and a preliminary chapter two and chapter 3 of the dissertation proposal. Important during these advisements 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. Initially students build on the Annotated Bibliography and Preliminary Literature Review Benchmarks toward developing broader understanding of their research ideas related to the literature. Each student is assigned a dissertation committee chair to direct the student through the dissertation track process and to provide feedback on drafts of student written work. Also during Dissertation Advisements, 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 the answering of their research questions, based on skills that have been developed through the Research Benchmarks: Quantitative Research Plan and Qualitative Research Plan. Each student will also receive feedback from her or his chair and research course instructor on drafts of chapter one (problem statement, purpose of the study, & research questions) and chapter three of the preliminary dissertation proposal. EDD 774b Dissertation Advisement serves as a time to develop a mixed methods research design from previous work conducted for the Quantitative Research Plan and Qualitative Research Plan. Time is also devoted to writing, review, revision, and approval of the preliminary dissertation proposal. Moreover, students will be provided with direction in developing a detailed timeline leading them to successful completion of the next stages of the dissertation process.

EDD 774A   Dissertation Advisement V   0.25 Units

A continuation of EDD 774.

EDD 774B   Dissertation Advisement VI   0.25 Units

Dissertation Advisement 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 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 additional time to complete the preliminary dissertation proposal, under the guidance of the student’s Dissertation Seminar 4 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 the final version of the comprehensive 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 the dissertation and dissertation oral defense.

EDD 781A   Dissertation   1-3 Units

A continuation of EDD 781.

EDD 791   Dissertation   1-3 Units

A continuation of EDD 781A.

EDD 791A   Dissertation   1-3 Units

A continuation of EDD 791.

EDD 791B   Dissertation   1-3 Units

A continuation of EDD 791A.

EDD 791C   Dissertation   1-3 Units

A continuation of EDD 791B. Graduation Application Fee: $185.

EDD 792   Dissertation   1 Unit

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

EDD 792A   Dissertation   1 Unit

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

EDD 792B   Dissertation   1 Unit

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

EDD 792C   Dissertation   1 Unit

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

EDD 793   Dissertation   1 Unit

EDD 793 Dissertation is a course extension continuous enrollment requirement taken in Term I for candidates who have not completed the dissertation and dissertation defense, by the end of EDD 792C.

EDD 793A   Dissertation   1 Unit

EDD 793A is a course extension continuous enrollment requirement taken in Term 2 for candidates who have not completed the dissertation and dissertation defense by the end of EDD 792C.