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Ed.D. Course Descriptions

The Edgewood College Ed.D. program curriculum is based on five reoccuring themes that are present in all of the courses. These are: Ethical Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, Communication including academic writing and public speaking, Technology, and Research.

PK-12 Concentration

ED 701D Program Orientation Proseminar I: Introduction to Doctoral Study - 3 credits  
ED701 is an Introduction to doctoral study.  The course includes a program overview, the foundational values of Edgewood College, the role of educational research, APA style writing requirements, the partnership mentor program, portfolio guidelines, and professional standards in assessment.  The course covers three topic areas:

  1. Introduction to and overview of doctoral study, the doctoral faculty, doctoral program support staff, and the doctoral program;
  2. Technology unit that is designed to teach students how to use blackboard within the context of the doctoral program, access Edgewood College library website, search academic, peer-reviewed journals, and use refworks bibliographic software;
  3. Cohort-building, or building community  through ice-breaker activities and discussions about personal philosophies of leadership

ED 710D Ethical and Inclusive Educational Leadership - 6 credits  
This course is designed to provide an overview of leadership, the design of educational organizations, and the critical mission of educating all children. The course is organized around a framework of evidence-based strategies educational leaders use to advance equitable and inclusionary organizational and learning outcomes. Together, as a community of learners, we will read books and articles written by people who describe how to apply different leadership frameworks to our own work. We will hear directly from well-known leaders in our corner of the world to learn about their philosophies and experiences first-hand. The ultimate purposes of this class are to provide you with the tools for understanding the complex nature of educational leadership at the Board, Superintendent, Central Office and Principal levels.

ED 720D Politics, Policy, and Administration - 6 credits
The relationship among politics, educational policy and educational practice is explored in its broadest sense. Particular emphasis is given to political and leadership theories, their practical application and the role of leadership in developing and implementing policy in the political environment within and outside of educational organizations. Politics and policy are discussed within an ethical framework of social justice and equity. Content will be applied in a variety of class experiences, mentoring activities, and related field assignments.

ED730D: Curriculum, Instruction and Learning Environments - 6 credits  
Curriculum, instruction, assessment and the learning environment are stressed in a context emphasizing organizational frameworks for leadership roles in management, staff development, learning theory, human development, and ethical considerations of supporting teaching and learning at the department and district levels. Specific attention is given to emergent research in learning style, cognition, intelligence, constructivism in theory and practice, cultural information, individual differences, and the creation of learning communities. Candidates are required to research curriculum models and to apply course content to work site situations in a variety of experiences.

ED790D: Program Assessment and Transition - 3 Credits
Prior to ED790, students synthesize the work they've done in the content courses to finalize their portfolio.  In ED790, students discuss their growth in leadership throughout the program and share their key learning moments in the leadership content courses before moving into the research sequence.  ED790 is a bridge course placed at the conclusion of the content courses and at the beginning of the research sequence. The course is a blend of one face-to-face meeting day and three weeks of online work using Blackboard.  The course provides students with information about the dissertation process at Edgewood College, introduces students to the support system offered by the research team, guides students through research ethics training, supports students in installing and using technical tools and software, and engages students in an academic writing workshop. Professional Edgewood College library staff collaborate with research faculty to teach students to effectively search for electronic sources in education and leadership, to use RefWorks as a tool for building a personal electronic source library in APA format, to download and use the dissertation template, and to download appropriate survey design and analysis tools.

ED810D: Budget, Finance, and Resource Allocation - 6 credits    
This course will provide a substantive approach both to public school finance at the school district level. This approach will include topical areas in both fiscal and non-fiscal areas, strategic planning and resource allocation, budgeting and finance. This course will present a practical understanding of the Wisconsin Uniform Financial Accounting Requirements (WUFAR), an overview of national, state and local funding systems, and a summary property tax impacts as related to Wisconsin school finance. This course will also demonstrate technological applications in the framework of district initiatives such as referenda, data management systems, and financial forecasting systems. This course will examine state and federal categorical programs in the context of funding, expenditures, legal mandates, and ethical considerations.

ED820D: Law, Media, and Marketing - 6 credits   
This course offers a case study approach to school law in such areas as staff, student, and personnel law as well as broader categories such as tort liability, civil rights, gender equity, and plant and facility administration. Ethical and leadership implications of legal issues will be explored under the tutelage of experienced and dedicated specialized educational lawyers. Students will interact with media representatives from both print and visual domains regarding public relations strategies for school and campus issues, including an on-site, interactive, live field-based experience with a commercial broadcast television station.

ED 801D Introduction to Research – 6 credits  
This course introduces students to the process of conducting educational research. Students will learn about the major research traditions such as quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches. Students will discuss common uses of research such as being consumers of research, engaging in practical and applied research, and dissertation research. Students are expected to learn the foundations of educational research, including selecting and refining a research topic, using RefWorks reference management software, creating an annotated bibliography and exploring the use of appropriate methodologies. Students are also expected to become critical consumers of educational research by reading and evaluating published studies. Students are not expected to complete a research study in this course; however they are expected to develop an annotated bibliography and draft research questions that could later be used for their dissertation proposal developed in ED 830.

ED 830D Research Methods - 6 credits   
Topics include research design; quantitative, qualitative, mixed methodologies; research applications and school improvement; leadership roles and research; and the research foundations of doctoral dissertation. Students are expected to create a dissertation proposal, chapters 1, 2, & 3 of the dissertation, as the culminating project for this class.

ED 920D: Guided Dissertation Writing - 3 credits   
ED 990D: Dissertation Defense - 3 credits