The doctoral (Ed.D.) Educational Leadership program is designed to develop the leadership abilities of administrators in educational institutions and agencies that support significant educational programs.
Through a combination of regular course work and special seminars, the program stresses the integration of the theoretical and applied aspects of educational leadership. This outline provides direction for sequencing of courses but allows flexibility to meet the unique needs of students with different backgrounds and career goals.
The program requires a minimum of 60 credits (post Masters) earned at Lehigh and the completion and defense of a dissertation in a maximum of seven years for the various applicable requirements, see the EDL matriculation procedures on the program web site for specific requirements.
Curriculum for the Doctoral (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership (60 Credits)
AREA I - ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP
|COURSE NUMBER||COURSE NAME||CREDITS|
|Section A - Organization and leadership (9 cr.)|
|EDL 400||Organizational Leadership and Change Management *||3|
|EDL 405||The Principalship II (or advisor-approved organizational leadership course) *||3|
|EDL 485||The Superintendency (or advisor-approved organizational leadership course) *||3|
|Section B - Leadership Functions (21 cr.)|
|EDL 476||School Resources Management *||3|
|EDL 477||Seminar in School-Community Relations *||3|
|EDL 479||School Law and Ethics *||3|
|EDL 432||Special Education Law||3|
|EDL 481||Policy and Politics in Public Education||3|
|EDL 488||Program Evaluation||3|
|EDL 470||Special Topics in Educational Leadership (management focus)||3|
|EDUC 495||Independent Study in: (with subtitle) (leadership-functions focus)||3|
OR other advisor-approved leadership functions course
|Section C - Curriculum and Instruction (12 cr. minimum)|
|EDL 467||Supervision and Professional Development *||3|
|EDL 468||Applied Learning Theory for School Leadership *||3|
|EDL 420||Data Based Decision Making||3|
|EDL 422||Curriculum Management for the School Executive||3|
|EDL 470||Special Topics in Educational Leadership (curriculum focus)||3|
|EDL 450||Curriculum Design in a Global Society||3|
OR other advisor-approved curriculum and supervision course
|Section D - Addressing the Needs of Diverse Learners (6 cr. minimum)|
|EDUC 471||Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives *||3|
|SPED 332||Education and Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs in K-12||3|
|EDL 430||Development and Administration of Special Education Programs||3|
|EDL 434||Leadership and Management of Special Education Programs||3|
|Section E - Research and Measurement (6 cr.)|
|EDUC 408||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|EDUC 409 OR EDUC 405||
Analysis of Experimental Data OR Qualitative Research Methods
AREA II - RESIDENT STUDIES (12 CREDIT HOURS)
|COURSE NUMBER||COURSE NAME||CREDITS|
|EDL 470||Special Topics in Educational Leadership (Introduction to Doctoral Research I)||3|
|EDL 470||Special Topics in Educational Leadership (Introduction to Doctoral Research 2)||3|
|EDL 489||Doctoral Seminar in School Administration||3|
|EDUC 496||Doctoral Research Seminar||3|
|AREA III - SPECIALIZATION ELECTIVES|
|May be selected from courses offered in the College of Education, as well as other related disciplines.
(Approval of Advisor required)
|AREA IV - DISSERTATION AND CONCENTRATED LEARNING EXPERIENCE|
|Dissertation: Candidates for the Ed.D. are required to present a dissertation prepared under the direction of a professor.|
|Concentrated Learning Requirement: This requirement is intended to ensure that doctoral students spend a period of concentrated study and intellectual association with other scholars. Two semesters of full-time Lehigh Graduate study or 18 credit hours of study, either on or off campus, must be completed within a 15-month period.|
The comprehensive examination for Educational Leadership consists of a take-home exam requiring students to conduct a comprehensive review of the literature on a critical issue facing school leaders and policy makers. With three months to respond, students will submit a paper no longer than 12 pages excluding references. The exam will be offered twice a year, Fall and Spring semesters.
In order to qualify to sit for the exam, students must have no open incompletes other than for EdL 489 or Educ 496, and must also have passed EdL 470 with grades of B- or better.
Click here to view the course catalog which provides descriptions of the courses.
"Challenging discussions on relevant topics paired with the opportunity to work with stellar local educators and professors make the Educational Leadership program an incredibly valuable experience."
Elizabeth Babbin, Ed.D, Educational Leadership '18
Application Requirements & Deadlines
- Completed online application
- $65 Application Fee
- GPA Minimum: 3.0 undergraduate
- GPA minimum: 3.6 (graduate)
- Official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
- 2 letters of recommendation - at least one recommendation must come from a faculty member at an accredited academic institution
- Acknowledgement of College of Education Policy on Clearances
- Personal statement
- GRE or MAT test scores
- January 15 for summer or fall semester start