Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Eastern Michigan University’s doctorate in educational leadership is designed to develop leaders with knowledge, skills and attitudes for helping to build learning communities within a culturally diverse society. Practicing administrators will find the program designed to support the application of educational leadership theory to meet the challenges of practice in a changing environment; the emphasis is on applied research with immediate application; and the focus on gaining insight and skills for initiating improvement within educational organizations. Courses are available on-campus, off-campus and in compressed weekend formats.
Designed for a master's or specialist's degree holder, EMU's doctoral program provides collaboration through a student cohort experience and research leading to improved leadership practice in K–12 programs, higher education institutions and/or other education-related settings.
Number of Credits
- 30 credit hours in the educational leadership major
- 10 credit hours of cognate courses
- 8–10 credit hours of research support
- 12 credit hours of dissertation research
Total: 60–62 (minimum) credit hours
Program of Study
A doctoral student’s individualized course of study is normally expected to encompass a minimum of 60 credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree. The exact number of hours will be determined by the student's program advisor, based on a review of previous graduate work/transcripts, the student's professional and personal aspirations and the doctor of education degree requirements as set forth by the Graduate School and the Leadership and Counseling Department. Therefore, some plans of study will have only 60–62 credit hours while others may include additional hours, either courses designed to remove deficiencies or courses to enhance opportunities for leadership success, at the discretion of the program advisor.
- EDLD 710 Leadership Theory (3)
- EDLD 714 Data-Driven Decision Management for Educational Leaders (3)
- EDLD 794 Advanced Seminar in Educational Administration (3)
- EDLD 740 Organizational Theory (3)
- EDLD 810 Ethics and Policy Analysis for Educational Leaders (3)
- EDLD 820 Politics of Educational Leadership (3)
The remaining 12 credit hours are selected according to the student's professional and personal goals, including considerations of career advancement and certification, and as approved by the student's doctoral advisor. Previous graduate course work in educational leadership which was taken as part of the specialist degree can be used toward the EDLD major at the discretion of the student's advisor.
The EMU College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Michigan Department of Education for the preparation of educational personnel.
For More Information
The Department of Leadership and Counseling
Educational Leadership Program
Doctoral Coordinator of Advising
Eastern Michigan University
John W. Porter Building, Suite 304
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
734.487.0255 | Fax: 734.487.4608
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