2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

The mission of the TCU Educational Leadership doctoral program is to develop teacher-scholar leaders who make a difference for the common good. The program serves four types of students:

  • Those from outside the EC-12 system who want to establish professional roots in EC-12
  • Those from within the EC-12 educational context who want to grow, develop and work in a leadership aspect within the EC-12 context
  • Those who want to work external to EC-12 but in education-related endeavors (business/corporate training, policy organizations, nongovernmental organizations, or as higher education faculty members with EC-12 leadership emphasis), and
  • Those on a personal or professional journey to develop as leaders in an education-related context.

The program incorporates several planned redundancies that all students can expect to address as threads throughout multiple courses. These elements support the student to:

  • Develop and practice ethical leadership

  • Produce exceptional oral and written communication

  • Define and respond to complex problems

  • Be a critical consumer of technologies, and

  • Anticipate and respond to dynamic environments

The TCU Educational Leadership Program is committed to developing of five broad-based leadership themes, which assessments and course syllabi address from varying perspectives depending on the guiding focus of the course. These themes aim to support leaders capable of: 1) Ensuring the effectiveness and coherence of the institutions instructional program; 2) Creating an organization with increased capacity, coherence, and responsiveness; 3) Growing the human and social capital of the institution; 4) Enhancing relationships between the organization and the community; and 5) Effectively using data and evaluation to enhance the people, programs and learning within the organization.

Admission and Degree Requirements

An applicant must have a master's degree in education or related field. Additionally, applicants who want certification as a public school principal in Texas must have completed at least one year of full-time teaching at an accredited school prior to beginning coursework (and must have completed at least two years of full-time teaching, as well as met other coursework and practicum requirements by the time certification is sought). Applicants seeing superintendent certification must hold or obtain principal certification by the time the superintendent certificate is sought in addition to meeting coursework and practicum requirements. Applicants must present a strong academic record, acceptable GRE no more than 5 years old, and a writing sample that documents evidence of leadership skills and experiences and explains motivations and goals for pursuing the Ed.D. degree.

Application Deadlines

Students who wish to enroll in the summer semester must complete all application requirements by Feb. 1. Students who plan to seek financial assistance or employment as a graduate assistant during the first semester of enrollment must use the Feb. 1 deadline.

Ed.D. Degree Requirements

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is a 60-hour degree aimed at enabling students to successfully engage in a range of professional activities, from working as a leading practitioner in the EC-12 educational context, to the corporate training or educational world, to leadership in athletics-related endeavors. A general program of study is outlined in the following section. Students are required to take a suitable number and variety of graduate courses and field-based experiences, as described below, to prepare for the qualifying examination and the completion of a capstone project or dissertation. The Ed.D. encompasses a minimum of 60 hours of coursework, fieldwork and capstone or dissertation, though additional courses may be needed if prerequisites have not been met or if a student requires more than 12 credit hours to complete the capstone or dissertation.

Texas Administrator Certificate

Note for students seeking Texas Administrator (Principal or Superintendent) Certification in conjunction with the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: Ed.D. students seeking certification as a principal or superintendent in Texas must ensure that they successfully complete, within the planned program of coursework or in addition to the planned program of coursework, the following courses (or acceptable substitutes) in order for TCU to recommend certification:

General Courses

EDAD 70013Legal and Social Environment of Education

3

EDLE 60033Community Engagement and Culturally Responsive Practice

3

EDLE 60053Instructional Leadership B: Supervision

3

EDLE 70083Issues and Trends in the Superintendency (Superintendent Certificate Only)

EDUC 60013Curriculum Theory

3

Plus one of the following:

EDAD 70063Data-Informed Decision-Making

3

EDLE 60083Data Use for Educational Leaders

3

EDUC 60043Action Research

3

EDUC 60823Educational Program Evaluation

3

Plus a two-semester, 160-hour field-based practicum (campus or district-based), as required by the level of certification being pursued:

EDLE 60093Principal Practicum in Educational Leadership (Semester 1)

EDLE 60093Principal Practicum in Educational Leadership (Semester 2)

or

EDLE 70090Superintendent Practice in Educational Leadership

3.00-6.00

EDLE 70090Superintendent Practice in Educational Leadership

3.00-6.00

Program of Study

Students should use the approved program of study to guide course selection, with the assistance of the adviser. Each student will work with an assigned adviser to plan and, where needed, adjust the plan of study to meet both student needs and programmatic requirements.

Module I: Leadership Core (15 hours)

EDAD 70003Foundational Readings in Educational Administration

3

EDAD 70013Legal and Social Environment of Education

3

EDAD 70033Ethical and Moral Dimensions of Educational Leadership

3

EDAD 70043Educational Policy and Practice

3

EDHE 70153Organizational Behavior in Education Contexts

3

Module II: Inquiry Core (12 hours)

EDUC 60043Action Research

3

EDUC 60823Educational Program Evaluation

3

EDUC 70823Inquiry Seminar

3

EDUC 70983Introduction to Quantitative Research

3

EDUC 70923Introduction to Applied Qualitative Methods

3

EDUC 70960Apprenticeship in Research

1.00-3.00

EDUC 70963Qualitative Inquiry

3

EDUC 70973Advanced Qualitative Inquiry

3

A grade of "B-" or better in EDUC 70953 Research in Education or a similar course completed at another institution is a prerequisite to enrolling in many research and inquiry oriented courses at TCU; if a student did not complete EDUC 70953 or a similar course prior to beginning doctoral coursework, EDUC 70953 may be taken for credit toward the 60-hour degree as long as EDUC 70953 is completed for elective credit and does not count toward the required 12 hours in the inquiry core.

Module III: Specialization (15 hours from among the following)

EDAD 70023Theory and Management of Education Systems

3

EDAD 70063Data-Informed Decision-Making

3

EDUC 60013Curriculum Theory

3

EDLE 70083Issues and Trends in :Superintendency

3

EDXX XXXXXElective

EDXX XXXXXElective

EDXX XXXXXElective

Module IV: Practicum or Internship Experience (6 hours)

EDLE 60093Principal Practicum in Educational Leadership (Semester 1)

 

EDLE 60093Principal Practicum in Educational Leadership (Semester 2)

OR

EDLE 70090Superintendent Practice in Educational Leadership

3.00-6.00

Semester 1

3

 

EDLE 70090Superintendent Practice in Educational Leadership

3.00-6.00

Semester 2

3

EDAD 70200Internship in Educational Administration

1.00-6.00

Students seeking principal certification must enroll in EDLE 60093 Practicum A and B. Students seeking superintendent certification must enroll in EDLE 70093. EDAD 70200 Internship is reserved for non-certification seeking students. With permission of the adviser, non-certification seeking students may substitute one additional 3-hour internship in lieu of one elective in the specialization module for a maximum of 9 internship hours.

Module V: Capstone or Dissertation (12 hours)

EDAD 70073Capstone/Doctoral Seminar

3

EDAD 90770Capstone Project

1.00-20.00

EDAD 90770Capstone Project

1.00-20.00

EDUC 90980Dissertation

1.00-6.00

EDUC 90990Dissertation

1.00-6.00

While many students will complete the capstone or dissertation within a year of successfully defending the proposal, others may require additional time, and students who need to take more than 12 credit hours must continue to enroll in 1-3 hours of EDAD 90770 Capstone Project or EDUC 90990 Dissertation (fall and spring terms) through completion of the degree.

Process for Advancement to Candidacy

Students take a comprehensive examination to demonstrate knowledge of aspects of educational leadership as they pertain to the intended subject of dissertation research; the exam should be scheduled when students have completed approximately 42 hours of coursework. Students must pass the comprehensive exam prior to enrolling in EDAD 70073 Capstone/Dissertation Seminar. In rare instances a student may be allowed to complete the comprehensive exam concurrently with enrollment in EDAD 70073. However, a student may not be assigned a final grade in EDAD 70073 and may not enroll in additional dissertation or capstone hours until the comprehensive exam has been successfully completed.

Once students have successfully completed the comprehensive exam and have prepared the research or project proposal in EDAD 70073, they will schedule the defense of the capstone or dissertation proposal to the full capstone/dissertation committee. Upon successful defense of the capstone or dissertation proposal, the student is admitted to candidacy.

Dissertation (or Capstone) Research

Students complete their proposed (and accepted) plan for research, compose the capstone or dissertation, and defend the work in a final oral examination. A minimum of 12 hours of capstone/dissertation (including EDAD 70073) are required.

Details and forms related to the process and requirements are in the Graduate Handbook for Educational Leadership Programs.