2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Higher Education Leadership, Ed.D.

The Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in a variety of higher education institutional settings. The program will provide a professional degree to improve the practice of those engaged in administrative functions in higher education. The Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership would be similar in construct to the existing Ed.D. programs, but would vary in some significant ways.

The doctorate of Educational Leadership in Higher Education:

  • Comprises a 63 hour program combining a common core, inquiry courses, cognate area, practical experience and a capstone project.
  • Provides a flexible design capitalizing on individual experience goals and needs.
  • Takes advantage of TCU's history as a sectarian institution to include value based and ethical leadership concepts as part of the curriculum.
  • Is a collaborative degree with options for students to include studies in a variety of disciplines as part of their studies.

The Higher Education Leadership program prepares students to assume major leadership roles in higher education institutions. The program:

  • Prepares students for positions such as presidents, vice-presidents, deans and department heads.
  • Develops educational leaders who understand organizations and the effective leadership of organizations.
  • Develops educational leaders prepared to take advantage of increasing opportunities for creating new educational institutions and systems.
  • Develops leaders who understand the relationship of higher education to community settings.
  • Develops educational leaders who operate with a global perspective in a diverse and rapidly evolving professional field.
  • Develops educational leaders who reflect clear ethical and moral commitments for the education of students.
  • Develops educational leaders able to envision and create new settings now possible through the availability of information technologies.

Admission

To be admitted to the doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership, a student must:

  • Apply to TCU Graduate School
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record
  • Have a Master's Degree in education or an appropriate field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Demonstrate an acceptable GRE or the Miller's Analogy Score from the past five years
  • Provide a written statement that documents evidence that leadership skills and experiences, and explains motivations and goals for pursuing the Ed.D. degree
  • Complete an interview with College of Education faculty
  • Complete a reference referral form and provide letters of reference
  • Agree to a criminal background check
  • Show three years of professional experience, preferred
  • International students must meet TCU International Admission requirements

Program of Study

A program of study is both a guideline for the student and the student's Doctoral Advisory Committee and a document for ongoing evaluation and assessment. Each student will create a Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC will be created using the criteria established by the College of Education in the "Guidelines for Project/Dissertation Committee Service" document. Among the first tasks of the DAC is to develop the student's Program of Study. While there is latitude intended in this plan, the DAC has the responsibility to help the student be prepared to achieve their career goals. The Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership requires a minimum of 60 hours of post-matriculation course work.

Foundations (18 hours)

EDAD 70003Foundational Readings in Educational Administration

3

EDAD 70033Ethical and Moral Dimensions of Educational Leadership

3

EDHE 60133Legal Issues in Higher Education

3

EDHE 70133History and Philosophy of Higher Education

3

EDHE 70143Advanced Student Development Theory: Impact of College on Students

3

EDHE 70153Organizational Behavior in Education Contexts

3

Inquiry (9-12 hours)

Students must take at least nine hours from the courses listed below. However, if a student takes EDUC 70953 Research in Education, then the student must take at least 12 hours from the courses listed below.

EDAD 70063Data-Informed Decision-Making

3

EDUC 60043Action Research

3

EDUC 60823Educational Program Evaluation

3

EDUC 70953Research in Education

3

EDUC 70960Apprenticeship in Research

1.00-3.00

EDUC 70963Qualitative Inquiry

3

EDUC 70973Advanced Qualitative Inquiry

3

EDUC 70983Introduction to Quantitative Research

3

EDUC 70923Introduction to Applied Qualitative Methods

3

Administrative Leadership in Higher Education (18-21 hours)

EDAD 60133Trends and Issues in Educational Administration

3

EDAD 70043Educational Policy and Practice

3

EDGU 60403Theories of Student Development

3

EDGU 60423Organization and Administration of Support Programs

3

EDGU 70793Strength-Based Theories:Assessment, Research, and Practice

3

EDGU 71103Field Experience in Student Affairs

3

EDHE 70113Academic Leadership and Governance in Higher Education

3

EDHE 70123College President

3

EDHE 70163The Small College

3

EDHE 70223Intercollegiate Athletics in HIgher Education

3

EDHE 70233Comparative Higher Education

3

EDHE 70253Assessment and Accreditation in Post-Secondary Education

3

EDHE 70263Finance in Higher Education

3

EDHE 70633Challenges in Higher Education: Student Affairs

3

Up to two different topics for total of 6 hours: Strategic Planning, Environmental Theory in Higher Education, Finance and Administration in Higher Education, Athletics in Higher Education, or Development in Higher Education

Cognate Areas (6-12 hours)

  • Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education

  • Communication and Marketing - courses to be arranged in conjunction with the student's adviser and the Bob Schieffer College of Communication
  • Management and Leadership - courses to be arranged in conjunction with the student's adviser and the Neeley School of Business
  • Leadership in Church Related Higher Education - courses to be arranged in conjunction with the student's adviser and Brite Divinity School
  • Athletics - courses to be arranged with the student's adviser

Field Based Experience (6 hours)

The student will complete two internships in higher education settings. Each internship must be completed in separate settings that oversee different institutional responsibilities or are completed in different types of institutions.

The College of Education will endeavor to provide an assistantship in a university setting. The assistantships provide an opportunity for the student to work with practitioners to directly address theory and practice in a supervised field experience. This is a paid position designed to assist in funding for the student. There is no guarantee that an assistantship will be available for all students, but the TCU College of Education will work diligently to place all Higher Education Leadership students in an assistantship.

EDAD 70200Internship in Educational Administration

1.00-6.00

Capstone Project (12 hours)

EDAD 70073Capstone/Doctoral Seminar

3

EDAD 90770Capstone Project

1.00-20.00