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Ph.D. K12 School Leadership - Course Sequence

To comply with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requirements, the K-12 School Leadership cognate is 74 credits.

First Semester - Summer

  • EDUC 700: Online Orientation (0 credits)
  • EFND 705A: Residency (2 credits)
  • UNIV LIB: Information, Research, and Resources (0 credits)
  • EFND 706 Christian Worldview for Educators (3 credits)

Year 1 - Fall

  • EFND 702: Research Design & Analysis (3 credits)  
  • EFND 707: Advanced Study of Worldview (3 credits)

Year 1 - Spring

  • EFND 701: Advanced Human Learning & Motivational Development (3 credits)
  • EFND 722: Educational Statistics (3 credits)

Year 1 – Summer

  • EADM 703: Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership & Organizations (3 credits)
  • EADM 705: Effective Communication & Conflict Resolution (3 credits)
  • EFND 705B: Residency (2 credits) 

Year 2 - Fall

  • EADM 704 Advanced Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (3 credits)
  • EADM 720 Strategic Planning & Leadership of School Resources & Operations (3 credits)
  • EEDD 799A Internship (1 credit)

Year 2 – Spring

  • EADM 706 Legal, Ethical, Policy, & Professional Issues in Education (3 credits)
  • EADM 721 School & Community Relations (3 credit)
  • EEDD 799B Internship (1 credit)

Year 2 – Summer

  • EADM 810 Advanced Practices in Personnel Administration (3 credits)
  • EEDD 800 The Principalship (3 credits)
  • EFND 705C Residency (2 credits)
  • EADM 696 SLLA Test Preparation (optional) (2 credits)

Year 3 – Fall

  • EDCO 801 Strategic Planning & Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • EDCO 802 Analysis of Variance (1 credit)
  • EDCO 803 Regression & Correlation (1 credit)
  • EDCO 804 Structure & Reliability Analysis (1 credit)

Year 3 – Spring

  • EDCO 800 Qualitative Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • EHEA 805 Advanced Research Design and Analysis (3 credits)

*Candidacy Exams are required and will be given on-campus. Students who pass Candidacy Exams will continue on to the dissertation phase of the program with EFND 906A.

Year 3 - Summer

  • EFND 906A: Dissertation (5 credits)

Year 4 - Fall

  • EFND 906B: Dissertation (5 credits)

Year 4 - Spring

  • EFND 906C: Dissertation (5 credits)

Dissertation Continuation

  • EFND 907: Dissertation Continuation (3 credits)*

*If a student has not defended their dissertation after completing EFND 906A, B & C, they will enroll into this class each term until they defend or their program time limit is up. EFND 907 Dissertation Continuation (3 credits)

Total hours: 74

Ph.D. K12 School Leadership - Course Descriptions

EADM 703 Advanced Theory & Practice of Leadership & Organizations (3) A critical examination of leadership and organizational theories and their corresponding practices within the context of educational systems. Critical assessment and practical application and exploration of effective and ethical leadership practices, systems theory, culture, and change processes as they relate to individuals and organizations.

EADM 704 Advanced Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (3) Underpinnings, principles, and issues of curriculum, instruction, and assessment as they directly relate to student learning and achievement.

EADM 705 Effective Communication & Conflict Resolution (3) The key to healthy organizations is productive communication and conflict resolution. Provides a communication-based perspective for organizations and leadership in a diverse society. Review and translate into practice research on team process management, consensus building and negotiation skills. Apply the particular communication skills into your respective contexts as evidenced by video role-play, case study analysis and/or feedback from peers, faculty and supervisors.

EADM 706 Legal, Ethical, Policy, & Professional Issues in Education (3) Analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of key legal, ethical, policy, and professional issues confronting K-12 educators.

EADM 720 Strategic Planning & Leadership of School Resources & Operations (3) Leadership and management skills that achieve efficient and effective organizational operations. Emphasizes strategic planning (including vision/mission) and principles, practices, and issues of budgeting affecting all operations at the district and building levels including management of resources, time, and space.

EADM 721 School & Community Relations (3) Principles and practices of working collaboratively with various constituencies in relation to K-12 student learning, which provides an awareness and better understanding of cultural changes within the internal and external publics of the school and community.

EADM 810 Advanced Practices in Personnel Administration (3) Analysis and problem solving in recruitment, selection, placement, training, and evaluation of personnel as it relates to the purpose of education. Emphasis is given to human resources management and development functions in schools and school districts and the role of professionalism in advancing educational goals.

EADM 696 School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) Test Preparation (2) Focuses on the role of the school leader by preparing for state licensure as required by numerous states and measuring beginning educational leaders' understanding and knowledge of a broad range of job-related topics, including whether entry-level education leaders have the standards-relevant knowledge believed necessary for competent professional practice. A description of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, test-taking strategies, sample questions, annotated responses, and specific problems-based learning. Cross-listed with EADM 596.

EDUC 700 Online Orientation (0) Required during the first semester of enrollment in some programs; acclimates students to Blackboard, the platform off which online classes are launched.

EEDD 799A Internship (1) In compliance with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), this internship requirement is offered concurrently with one or more semesters of cognate coursework. Focus will be on insuring exposure to diverse sites and experiential activities divided across grade levels as it relates to the course content and associated ISLLC standards. (Pass/No Pass)

EEDD 799B Internship (1) In compliance with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), this internship requirement is offered concurrently with one or more semesters of cognate coursework. Focus will be on insuring exposure to diverse sites and experiential activities divided across grade levels as related to the course content and associated ISLLC standards. (Pass/No Pass)

EEDD 800 The Principalship (3) Be assigned to a school site to participate directly in management duties and leadership experiences involving the position of the principal. Requires submission of a product that summarizes the experience. Prerequisite: completion of all coursework.

EFND 701 Advanced Human Learning & Motivational Development (3) Major theories in developmental psychology using select criteria including a Christian worldview.

EFND 702 Research Design & Analysis (3) Overview of scholarly research and methods to evaluate research.  Presents the basic concepts of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the diverse approaches to scholarly inquiry and reflective practice.

EFND 705A Residency – Year One (2) One-week orientation to the Ed.D program; meet professors and classmates, and attend helpful sessions. Activities include classes in preparation for doctoral writing, library research and Blackboard training. Faculty will address your questions, concerns and challenges for the upcoming year.

EFND 705B Residency – Year Two (2) After completing your first year in the Ed.D program meet individually with your cognate advisor to design a schedule for cognate courses. Also meet in classes, participate in a research workshop and attend other residency activities.

EFND 705C Residency – Year Three (2) After completing two years in the Ed.D. program.

EFND 706 Christian World View for Educators (3)  Provides essential understandings and competencies regarding the biblically inspired role of Christians in education with a particular focus on Regent University’s mission to equip Christian leaders to impact the world for Christ.  A foundation is laid in this course for investigating and interpreting other world views.

EFND 707 Advanced Study of Worldview (3) Centers around issues of competing epistemologies to the historic Christian faith and tradition such as: postmodernism, Marxism, secular positivism, non-theistic evolution and other philosophies that hold a dominant position of discourse and debate in the academy. The aim is to compare and contrast these ideologies to our historic faith traditions.  A beginning knowledge of worldview is expected of students prior to taking this course. Cross-listed with EFND 607.

EFND 722 Educational Statistics (3) Basic understanding of statistical methods, particularly as they pertain to research in education. Focuses on conceptual rather than mathematical and applied rather than theoretical—understand why a particular statistical technique is appropriate and how to make sense of the results obtained from its utilization rather than to understand the full mathematical underpinnings of the statistic. SPSS will be used as a productivity tool to perform all statistical procedures. Specific topics include descriptive statistics, visual representation of data, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. 

EFND 898 Candidacy Examination Continuation (6) In order for doctoral students to remain active in the program after an unsuccessful attempt to complete the comprehensive writing assessment, they must register for EFND 898. During the registered semester, students should review course material to attempt to successfully complete the writing assessment at a later date.

EFND 899 Candidacy Examination Extension (0) Doctoral students who have been granted approval to take the comprehensive writing assessment later than the summer of their second year must register for this course in order to remain active in the program.

EFND 906A Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, collect data, write and defend five chapters of their dissertation.  Each candidate must register for a minimum of 15 dissertation credits.  The credits will be equally distributed into 6 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 906B Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, collect data, write and defend five chapters of their dissertation.  Each candidate must register for a minimum of 15 dissertation credits.  The credits will be equally distributed into 6 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 906C Dissertation (5) Doctoral candidates will work with their dissertation committee to defend their proposal, collect data, write and defend five chapters of their dissertation.  Each candidate must register for a minimum of 15 dissertation credits.  The credits will be equally distributed into 6 credit segments over 3 consecutive semesters.

EFND 907 Dissertation Continuation (3) This course is designed for doctoral candidates who have not successfully defended their dissertation within 3 semesters, as required by the School of Education doctoral program.  Students will enroll in this course each semester and work closely with their dissertation committee until they have successfully defended their dissertation as required by the program.

UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources (0) Teaches basic competencies in the use of computer and related information technology research and resources, including use of the library. Enroll in the course in the first semester. Required for graduation. Pass/No Pass.

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