• Course Descriptions

    Core Courses in Leadership:

    LDSP 7310 Leadership Models
    This course will critically examine leadership theories and their application to current trends in organizational and systemic change.Faculty members and community leaders will facilitate an understanding of the bridge between the academy and the community in the study of effective leadership. Fall

    LDSP 7315 Strategic Planning
    Prerequisite: LDSP 7310
    This course will guide students to manage the change process while optimizing human resources and facilities through shared vision, planning and accountability.Students will study the grant writing process and practice writing a grant as part of this course.Spring

    LDSP 7325 Leadership through the Ages
    Prerequisite: LDSP 7315
    In this course, students will examine and analyze historical leaders and philosophical concepts of leadership in relation to their positive and negative global impact. Students will consider the trends in leadership style embodied by these leaders and concepts. Fall

    LDSP 7330 Servant Leadership
    Prerequisite: LDPS 7325
    This course will guide students in the understanding and application of the servant leader model. This model is couched in a spiritual understanding of human identity and mission, which solves problems, promotes personal development, and maximizes the effectiveness of organizations. Spring

    LDSP 7340 Ethical Decision-Making in Leadership
    Prerequisite: LDPS 7330
    This course will examine ethics and values confronting leaders to determine how individual values drive behaviors and decisions. It will include a critical analysis of faith issues, ethical decision-making, and worldview frameworks by applying leadership skills to real world dilemmas. Fall

    Summer Residencies:

    LDSP 7320 Organizational Leadership --State (professional organizations)
    Prerequisite: EDUC 7338 & LDSP 7315
    This course, which includes a brief summer residency in Austin, Texas, will immerse doctoral students in various professional agencies to operationalize their understanding of organizational structures. Action research projects completed in this course will lead students to hypothesize and draw conclusions regarding leadership in the professional setting.Summer

    LDSP 7335 Trends in Leadership -- National (interest)
    Prerequisite: EDUC 7334 & LDSP 7330
    This course, which includes a brief summer residency in Washington, D.C., allows doctoral students to network with self-selected government agencies, non-profit organizations, religious affiliated groups, corporate headquarters, or other entities.This experience will deepen students understanding of the influence of effective leadership on human dignity and justice.Action research projects completed in this course will lead students to hypothesize and draw conclusions regarding leadership in a national setting. Summer

    LDSP 7345 Leadership in a Global and Cultural Context -- International/ Global
    Prerequisite: EDUC 7330 & LDSP 7340
    This course, which includes a brief summer residency abroad, focuses on developing future leaders who hold a worldview that addresses the interface of culture and society.Students will consider the impact of effective global leadership in varied cultural settings.Action research projects completed in this course will lead students to hypothesize and draw conclusions regarding leadership in an international setting. Summer

    Research Courses

    EDUC 7330 Introduction to Research and Design
    Prerequisite: EDUC 7334
    This course serves as an introduction to educational research and design. It will teach research principles, methods, and critical thinking skills that apply to advanced statistical research methods, qualitative study, data collection, research analysis, and writing for publication.In addition, students will study the philosophy and methods of action research and develop an action research proposal. Spring

    EDUC 7334 Quantitative Design, Statistics, and Analysis
    Prerequisite: EDUC 7338
    This advanced course emphasizes research design and analysis of the descriptive and inferential statistic. Students will address factor analysis, path analysis, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, and regression analysis. Students will be trained in the use of SPSS statistical package. Students will develop a quantitative research proposal within this course. Fall

    EDUC 7338 Qualitative Design and Analysis
    Prerequisite: EDUC 6301 or an equivalent master's level educational research course from previous degree
    In this course, students will study qualitative methods used in educational research and will apply that knowledge to real or designed problems. Students will analyze data gathered through qualitative methods, use coding procedures and qualitative data software, and demonstrate skills in interpreting and writing the results of qualitative research.Students will develop a qualitative research proposal within this course. Fall

    EDUC 8310 & EDUC 8320 Dissertation (6 hours taken over two semesters)

    EDUC 8310 Dissertation
    Prerequisite: EDUC 7334 and successful completion of Qualifying Exam
    This course begins the independent application of research, design, and methodology that leads to an original research study or professional project under the guidance of a professor in the field of study.The doctoral student will synthesize the knowledge and skills developed in previous research courses, core leadership courses, and concentration courses to develop and defend his/her proposal for the doctoral dissertation/professional project process. Fall

    EDUC 8320 Dissertation
    Prerequisite: EDUC 8310 & successful defense ot Dissertation/Professional Project Proposal
    This course is a continued, independent application of research, design, and methodology that leads to an original research study or professional project under the guidance of a professor in the field of study.The doctoral student will synthesize the knowledge and skills developed in previous research courses, core leadership courses, and concentration courses to design, implement, publish, and defend his/her apply doctoral dissertation/professional project. Spring

    Concentrations

    Higher Education Leadership Courses

    EDHE 7320 Pedagogy and Program Design in Higher Education
    This course links the essential theories of pedagogy to effective instructional practices and program design based on standards.  Students will apply current concepts of teaching, learner characteristics, learning environments, and delivery systems to the design, development, and assessment of courses, programs, or core requirements based on trends and assessment data. Students will develop the skills to be effective mentors who facilitate the professional growth.

    EDHE 7325 Assessment in Higher Education
    This course focuses on the philosophy and practice of effective assessment and evaluation in higher education.  Students will design and implement assessment methods and practices that support state, regional, and federal accountability measures and lead to ongoing improvement in personnel and instructional practices in the local university setting.  Particular emphasis will be placed on using data to drive change and the decision-making process.

    EDHE 7330 Business Management and Finance in Higher Education
    This course focuses on the study of roles, responsibilities, systems, and procedures in higher education business matters.  Students will examine the sources of revenues, types of expenditures, budgeting and accounting practices, tuition pricing, human resource management, cost containment strategies, effects of the economy, and state and federal funding of higher education institutions. 

    EDHE 7335 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
    This course investigates the legislation and litigation which forms the basis of education at the national, state, and local levels.  Students will examine historical and current decisions rendered by federal and state courts concerning procedural and substantive due process, civil rights, special populations, parent and student rights, and contractual legalities.

    EDHE 7340 Student Services in Higher Education
    This course focuses on the theoretical basis and best practices in student services in higher education with particular emphasis on financial aid, retention, recruitment, student activities, support services, and residence life.  Students will develop an understanding of the changing demographics and characteristics of college students in relation to academic, social, physical and spiritual needs. 

    EDHE 7345 Critical Issues in Higher Education
    This course will investigate the duties, behaviors, and impact of the administrative leadership and organizational structure of various types of higher education institutions.  Students will consider the influence of academic, political, legal, governmental, financial, and community factors on institutional decisions and leader effectiveness. 

    Educational Leadership In Health Science Professions

    EDHE 7320 Pedagogy and Program Design in Higher Education
    This course links the essential theories of pedagogy to effective instructional practices and program design based on standards. Students will apply current concepts of teaching, learner characteristics, learning environments, and delivery systems to the design, development, and assessment of courses, programs, or core requirements based on trends and assessment data. Students will develop the skills to be effective mentors who facilitate the professional growth.

    EDHE 7325 Assessment in Higher Education
    This course focuses on the philosophy and practice of effective assessment and evaluation in higher education. Students will design and implement assessment methods and practices that support state, regional, and federal accountability measures and lead to ongoing improvement in personnel and instructional practices in the local university setting. Particular emphasis will be placed on using data to drive change and the decision-making process.

    EDHE 7330 Business Management and Finance in Higher Education
    This course focuses on the study of roles, responsibilities, systems, and procedures in higher education business matters. Students will examine the sources of revenues, types of expenditures, budgeting and accounting practices, tuition pricing, human resource management, cost containment strategies, effects of the economy, and state and federal funding of higher education institutions.

    EDHP 7335 Principles & Practice of Evidence-based Health Care
    This course will focus on the search strategies and databases commonly used to answer clinical research questions and critique existing evidence according to Sackett’s hierarchy of evidence. It will also provide students with the basic skills needed to build a scholarly record including scientific presentations, publications, and grant-writing.

    EDHP 7340 Political and Regulatory Influences on Health Care Professions Education
    This course will focus on contemporary topics and issues that specifically relate to the operation and outcomes of health professions education programs such as clinical education models, program assessment, faculty development and scholarship, faculty practice plans, distance education, service learning, cultural competence, professionalism, and the use of simulations and other forms of technology.

    EDHP 7345 Current Trends and Issues in Health Care Professions Education
    This course will address political and regulatory influences on the recruitment, education, and employment of health care professionals such as health care policies and legislation, reimbursement, fraud and abuse, professional licensure, and specialized accreditation.

    Educational Leadership in Superintendency Courses

    EDAD 7320 The School Superintendency, Politics, and Policy
    This course involves a detailed study of the multiple roles and responsibilities of the chief school administrator including the leadership role with the community, school board, professional staff, and students.  The course will include a emphasis on the political dynamics and policy development process impacting education.  A 40clock hour practicum will be required as part of the course.

    EDAD 7330 Instructional Development, School Improvement, and Practicum
    This course involves a study of research and state policy affecting instructional improvement in public school systems.  Special emphasis will be placed on research-based accountability system, including curriculum planning and evaluation, professional development, and student assessment processes. A 40 clock hour practicum in a school setting focused on instructional design and school improvement will be required as part of the course. 

    EDAD 7340 Public School Finance and Practicum
    The course will focus on the principles of school finance, budgeting, and accounting procedures. A 40 clock hour practicum in a school setting focused on school finance will be required as part of the course.

    EDAD 7350 Educational Facility Planning, Development, and Practicum
    The course will include study of major administrative systems in public schools including transportation, distribution and food service systems, management, health services, security, and safety-related issues.  Topics also include the study of present and future budget and equipment needs of public school systems, including operations, maintenance, and planning for new facilities.  A 40 clock hour practicum in a school setting focused on school finance will be required as part of the course.

    EDHE 7320 Pedagogy and Program Design in Higher Education
    This course links the essential theories of pedagogy to effective instructional practices and program design based on standards.  Students will apply current concepts of teaching, learner characteristics, learning environments, and delivery systems to the design, development, and assessment of courses, programs, or core requirements based on trends and assessment data.  Students will develop the skills to be effective mentors who facilitate the professional growth.

    EDHE/EDAD 7345 Critical Issues in Education (cross-listed as EDHE 7345)
    This course will investigate the duties, behaviors, and impact of the administrative leadership and organizational structure of various types of K-12 and higher education institutions.  Students will consider the influence of academic, political, legal, governmental, financial, and community factors on institutional decisions and leader effectiveness.

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