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Agenda Item FA 19-64

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

College of Education and Human Services (Doctorate) – (Leadership, School Counseling, & Sport Management):

Courses Changes & Program of Study Changes (1 package)

12/05/19: Passed

01/07/20: Approved

Log Number: 201908-75

Leadership, School Counseling, & Sport Management - Doctorate


Change a degree-major of an existing program

Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership


Summary of the changes:

Two changes are outlined below for the EdD Program in Educational Leadership.


First, we need to make minor changes to three course titles that also will be part of the research sequence in the proposed EdD Program in Curriculum and Instruction. These research courses are the identical courses taken by students in the proposed EdD in Curriculum and Instruction. Therefore we need to use more general terms in the tiles rather than Educational Leadership.


The courses affected are:

  1. EDA7400 - Research in Educational Leadership: Quantitative Method, which will become EDA7400 - Research in Education: Quantitative Method


  2. EDA7410 - Research in Educational Leadership: Qualitative Method, which will change to EDA7410 - Research in Education: Qualitative Method,


  3. EDA7420- Foundations of Research in Educational Leadership, which will change to EDA7420- Foundations of Educational Research

Second, the EdD program in Educational Leadership is proposing a new Executive track for the program. The Executive track will allow applicants with expertise in educational leadership to waive some program requirements based on advanced professional development training. The rationale for this change is that many educational leaders complete advanced training to enhance their leadership knowledge and skills once they have completed their masters degree.


Each application to the Executive Track will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students applying to the Executive track must submit a letter of request describing the professional development training. Additionally, materials about the content and scope of the professional development training and proof of completion need to be submitted for to the faculty to review. This must be done on application to the program, or by the end of the second semester of coursework.


The doctoral teaching faculty committee will review each application and determine if professional development training experiences are recent, relevant, and sufficient to waive some program coursework. Only professional development completed within the last 4 years will be eligible for being used in the Executive track.


Each student may have between 3 to 9 hours of coursework waived based on these professional development experiences. However, these professional development experiences cannot serve as a waiver for any core program requirements but can count as waivers towards cognate course credits. Therefore, students accepted into the Executive Track programs of study will vary between 51 to 57 total credits. This includes completing between 39 and 45 credits of course work and 12 credits of dissertation. (View POS - #201908-75)