2018-2019 Graduate Catalog


Educational Studies: Educational Leadership Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Educational Studies: Educational Leadership is a research-intensive 66-hour degree designed to equip graduates to engage in high-quality original scholarship. Degree recipients will have the knowledge and skills to assume positions as tenure-track college faculty tasked with engaging in research and with teaching graduate education courses, as experts with policy organizations responsible for producing or overseeing education-related research, and as high-level leaders in K-12 or high education-related organizations with oversight and/or responsibility for research oriented functions. Within the degree, students may opt to focus some course selections around a concentration in PK-12 leadership or higher education contexts. Students may also opt to work with an advisor to craft a program with PK-20 perspective.

The Ph.D. in Educational Studies: Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 66 hours beyond the master’s degree. While the Ph.D. encompasses a minimum of 66 hours of coursework, including fieldwork and a dissertation, additional courses may be required if prerequisites have not been met.

Admission

For admission into the program, an applicant must hold a master’s degree in educational leadership or a related field; those applicants seeking professional certification as principal or superintendent in conjunction with the degree must meet eligibility requirements in the state of Texas, and may be required to take additional coursework in order to meet both programmatic and State of Texas certification requirements. Each applicant must present: (1) a letter of introduction that outlines the ways in which the applicant perceives the program to fit with personal and professional goals; (2) a strong academic record as demonstrated by college transcripts; (3) acceptable GRE scores within the past five years, with a preferred Analytical Writing score of 4.0 or better; (4) a writing sample (10-20 pages, exclusive of references) that demonstrates academic writing skills appropriate for success in a graduate program; and (5) three professional letters of recommendation. Applicants will also be asked to complete an interview to demonstrate oral presentation skills and the ability to articulate connections among the program, as well as discuss their background, and professional aspirations.

Program of Study

A minimum of 66 credit hours is required for the degree. Students work closely with their academic advisor to draw from courses in the College of Education and, if appropriate, from other areas on campus that relate to the students’ area of inquiry. Students should use the approved program of study course selection, with the assistance of the advisor. Each student will work with an assigned advisor to plan and, where needed, adjust the plan of study to meet both student needs and programmatic requirements.

For both areas of emphasis (Focus in PK-12 Contexts and Higher Education) requirements for the qualifying xxamination and dissertation are identical, as is the typical sequence of activities.

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination is taken when students have completed approximately 45 hours of coursework and prior to beginning work on the dissertation research. The purpose of the qualifying examination is to assess the student’s readiness to begin dissertation research. The qualifying examination requires students to demonstrate their ability to critically discuss theory, research and practice as related to a topic within educational leadership. The exam consists of a series of questions developed by the student’s qualifying exam panel. These questions are designed for two purposes: (1) to examine the student’s knowledge of a body of literature in depth and (2) to examine the student’s breadth of understanding of the field of educational leadership. The qualifying examination consists of two parts: a written examination and an oral examination. All committee members will read and give feedback to the student on the written product. The student’s committee will determine by consensus if the student “passed”; “passed with conditions,” which the student must meet prior to passing; “revise and resubmit” (necessitating major revisions and/or actions prior to committee reconsideration); or "failed" the examination (necessitating a restart of the entire qualifying exam process). When all committee members are satisfied with the quality of the written product, an oral examination will be scheduled. In alignment with university policy, a doctoral student is limited to two attempts to pass the qualifying examination. Students may not move beyond EDAD 70073, propose the dissertation, or enroll in further dissertation coursework until they have successfully passed the qualifying examination.

Dissertation (12 hours)

The College of Education is committed to helping students establish their own research interests and agenda. To this end, the students will work with a committee of faculty to propose a research study, conduct the study and defend the results of the study. All students will take a minimum of twelve hours of dissertation proposal and research (including EDAD 70073the Dissertation Seminar), but some students will have to take more than 12 hours, depending on the number of semesters that are needed for full completion of all requirements. Students enroll in EDUC 90980 until such time as the dissertation committee has approved the proposal, and EDUC 90990 thereafter until a successful defense. Students may not begin dissertation data collection without the approval of their full advisory committee and, as appropriate, the TCU Institutional Review Board.

Sequence of Experiences
1. Completion of a minimum of 45 hours of coursework
2. Completion of the qualifying examination (and remaining coursework)
3. Successful proposal of dissertation research
4. Completion of original research and successful defense of the resulting dissertation

While most students will complete the dissertation within the 12-hours noted here, 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 EDUC 90990 (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms) through the completion of the degree.

Ph.D. in Educational Studies: Educational Leadership (Focus in PK-12 Contexts)

Foundations (15 hours)

The program is committed to providing students with coursework that provides complex and in-depth context to the work of the educational leader, including a grounding in philosophical, historical, legal, ethical, and organizational influences.
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

EDUC 60253Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

3

Research (15 hours from the following)

The program and college are committed to helping doctoral students broadly understand research methodology while specializing in one or more methodologies. Students take a minimum of 15 hours of research coursework and work with a faculty member on a project toward presentation/publication in a scholarly venue in addition to completing the dissertation.

*EDUC 70823 may be repeated up the three times with different emphasis with consent of advisor.

*INSC 60010 is a 1.5 hour course; students opting to take it must exceed the 18 hour requirement in inquiry by taking another 3-hour course (i.e., will total 19.5 hours of inquiry), although they may take another 1.5-hour elective (in the specialization/electives section) to avoid exceeding the minimum of 66 hours for the degree plan.

EDUC 60043Action Research

3

EDUC 60753Research in Education

3

EDUC 70823Inquiry Seminar

3

EDUC 70923Introduction to Applied Qualitative Methods

3

EDUC 70960Apprenticeship in Research

3

EDUC 70963Qualitative Inquiry

3

EDUC 70973Advanced Qualitative Inquiry

3

EDUC 70983Introduction to Quantitative Research

3

INSC 60010Statistical Models

1.5

PSYC 50213Interactive Data Analysis

3

PSYC 60623Regression Analysis

3

Leadership Approaches, PK-12 Contexts (15 hours from among the following)

Additional course selections – aimed at equipping doctoral students with the in-depth and specialized knowledge needed to succeed in various areas of research and leadership – should be made with professional and research goals in mind; in some cases, this may mean electing coursework outside of the College of Education, with permission of the advisor.

EDAD 70023Theory and Management of Education Systems

3

EDAD 70063Data-Informed Decision-Making

3

EDUC 70813Curriculum Studies Seminar

3

EDLE 70083Issues and Trends in :Superintendency

3

EDSP 60233Understanding Exceptional Children and Youth At-Risk

3

EDUC 60013Curriculum Theory

3

EDUC 60023Analyzing Professional Literature and Writing Professionally

3

EDUC 60213Psychology of Thinking and Learning

3

EDUC 60823Educational Program Evaluation

3

Electives

3

Electives

3

*EDCS 60183 may be taken up to three times with different emphasis with consent of advisor

Module IV: Practicum or Internship Experiences (6 hours)

The program is committed to establishing authentic supervisory learning opportunities for students, and to doing so in ways that align with certification requirements established by the Texas Education Agency. Certification-seeking students will enroll in Principal or Superintendent Practicum, as appropriate; those who are not seeking certification or who already hold certification will engage in internship hours to explore a facet of educational leadership or policymaking, or they may elect up to 6 hours of additional coursework.

EDLE 60093APrincipal Practicum A

3

OR

EDLE 70093ASuperintendent Practicum A

3

OR

EDAD 70200Internship in Educational Administration

1.00-6.00

EDLE 60093BPrincipal Practicum B

3

OR

EDLE 70093BSuperintendent Practicum B

3

OR

EDAD 70200Internship in Educational Administration

1.00-6.00

*For non-certification seeking students, an additional 3-hour internship may be substituted for one elective in the specialization section with approval of the student's advisor for a maximum of 9 hours of internship.

Dissertation (12 hours)

EDAD 70073Capstone/Doctoral Seminar

3

EDUC 90980Dissertation

1.00-6.00

EDUC 90990Dissertation

1.00-6.00

*Comprehensive exams must be completed prior to enrollment in EDAD 70073; in rare cases, a student may be allowed to enroll in EDAD 70073 while completing the comprehensive exam, but in no case will a final grade be assigned in EDAD 70073 until successful completion of the comprehensive exam.

Ph.D. in Educational Studies: Educational Leadership (Focus in Higher Education)

Foundations (18 hours)

The program is committed to providing students with coursework that provides complex and in-depth context to the work of the educational leader, including a grounding in philosophical, historical, legal, ethical, and organizational influences.
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

Research (15 hours from the following)

The program and college are committed to helping doctoral students broadly understand research methodology while specializing in one or more methodologies. Students take a minimum of 15 hours of research coursework and work with a faculty member on a project toward presentation/publication in a scholarly venue in addition to completing the dissertation.
EDUC 60043Action Research

3

EDUC 60753Research in Education

3

EDUC 70823Inquiry Seminar

3

EDUC 70960Apprenticeship in Research

3

EDUC 70923Introduction to Applied Qualitative Methods

3

EDUC 70963Qualitative Inquiry

3

EDUC 70973Advanced Qualitative Inquiry

3

EDUC 70983Introduction to Quantitative Research

3

INSC 60010Statistical Models

1.5

PSYC 50213Interactive Data Analysis

3

PSYC 60623Regression Analysis

3

*EDUC 70823 Inquiry Seminar may be repeated up the three times with different emphasis with consent of advisor.

*INSC 60010 is a 1.5 hour course; students opting to take this course must exceed the 18 hour requirement in inquiry by taking another 3-hour course (i.e., will total 19.5 hours of inquiry), though they may take another 1.5 hour elective (in the specialization/electives section) to avoid exceeding the minimum of 66 hours for the degree plan.

Leadership and Approaches: Higher Education Contexts (21 hours from the following)

Additional course selections – aimed at equipping doctoral students with the in-depth and specialized knowledge needed to succeed in various areas of research and leadership – should be made with professional and research goals in mind; in some cases, this may mean electing coursework outside of the College of Education, with permission of the advisor.

EDAD 60133Trends and Issues in Educational Administration

3

EDAD 70023Theory and Management of Education Systems

3

EDAD 70043Educational Policy and Practice

3

EDGU 60423Organization and Administration of Support Programs

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

EDUC 60213Psychology of Thinking and Learning

3

EDUC 60823Educational Program Evaluation

3

Electives

3

Electives

3

*Students may enroll in 9-12 hours of graduate coursework at TCU outside of the College of Education with advisor approval.
*EDAD 60133 may be taken up to twice for a total of 6 hours with different emphasis. Topics: Strategic Planning, Sustainability, Environmental Theory in Higher Education, Finance and Administration, Development in Higher Education.
*EDHE 70233 Comparative Higher Education may be taken up to twice for a total of 6 hours with different emphasis. Topics: Great Britain, Central and South American, Europe and Asia.

Dissertation (12 hours)

EDAD 70073Capstone/Doctoral Seminar

3

EDUC 90980Dissertation

1.00-6.00

EDUC 90990Dissertation

1.00-6.00

*Comprehensive exams must be completed prior to enrollment in EDAD 70032; in rare cases, a student may be allowed to enroll in EDAD 70073 while completing the comprehensive exam, but in no case will a final grade be assigned in EDAD 70073 until successful completion of the comprehensive exam.