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Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

Educational Leadership Ed.D.

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The focus of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is the preparation of individuals for service as educational leaders in educational organizations, in particular, Pre-K to university educational settings. The intent is to provide such individuals with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to generate and apply research for solving the problems faced by educational leaders.

Prior to admission to the Ed.D. program, the student is expected to have the following:

  1. A master's degree and the equivalent of University of Houston-Clear Lake's (UHCL's) EDUC 6032, EDUC 6033, INST 6031 and SILC 6030.
  2. A completed UHCL admissions application.
  3. Official transcripts from each accredited institution attended sent to the Office of Admissions.
  4. A combined score of 297 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a minimum score of 4.0 on the Analytical Writing portion of the GRE. The GRE must have been taken within the last five years. In the application process for the EdD in Educational Leadership, applicants have the option of completing the UHCL Doctoral Writing Assessment in lieu of the GRE.
  5. Evidence of work and leadership experience in education, in particular, Pre-K to university educational settings.
  6. Letter of Intent - The letter of intent should explain why you wish to pursue doctoral-level work in Educational Leadership. Discuss the following topics: your career goals; your research interests as they relate to education; how the program will help you meet your career goals and pursue your research interests. You should also discuss your scholarly and professional accomplishments and your prior work experiences that relate to your interest in, and aptitude for, the graduate program. Focus on your future and how the degree will help you accomplish your long-term goals. Please do not include how you got into the field of education.
    Please structure your letter as follows:
    • Paragraph 1 - Why do you wish to pursue a doctoral-level degree in Education Leadership?
    • Paragraph 2 - What are your career goals and how will this degree help you accomplish your long-term goals?
    • Paragraph 3 - What are your research interests as they relate to education?
    • Paragraph 4 - What are your scholarly and professional accomplishments as they relate to your educational leadership?
    • Paragraph 5 - How does your prior work experience relate to your interest in the doctoral program focusing on educational leadership?
  7. Three reference forms from persons who can address the student's performance in graduate studies and potential for educational leadership. If possible, at least one of the reference forms should be from a professor involved in the applicant's master's program.
  8. If applicable, provide a letter from an employer confirming support of the applicant's pursuit of the Ed.D. and willingness to allow fieldwork within the organization. The Admission Requirements section of the UHCL Doctoral Web site has a form letter for the employer to sign.

Other information may be required; contact COE's Office of Academic Advising for details.

If an applicant does not meet one or more of the admission requirements but can provide letters testifying to his/her strong leadership qualities, provisional admission may be granted.

Once a student is admitted, any course in which the student makes a grade of C- or below cannot be counted toward the doctoral program. Doctoral students may count one course on their program with a grade of either C+ or C. All other grades must be B- or greater. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 must be maintained.

The time frame for completion of the doctoral program is  seven years from the start of the program. At the end of the seventh year, a doctoral candidate is allowed to petition the EDLS doctoral admissions committee for a one-year extension if the candidate’s dissertation proposal has been approved.  If necessary, to successfully complete the dissertation, the candidate can petition the doctoral admissions committee for a second and final one-year extension to complete the dissertation. 

Check prerequisites before enrolling in any courses.

The structure of the Ed.D. program is as follows:

Leadership Core:
EDLS 7238 Marketing of Educational Services for Nonprofit Organizations
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 8130 Strategic Planning & Systems Alignment
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 8132 Transition and Change Management
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 8230 Ethics, Values and Social Responsibility
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 8330 Human Resources Administration
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 8430 Financial Resources Management
Credit Hours: 3
Research Core:
EDLS 7031 Quantitative Research I
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7032 Quantitative Research II
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7033 Qualitative Research
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7130 Program Evaluation
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 8530 Research Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Communication Core:
EDLS 7030 Dispute Resolution
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7034 Professional Writing & Communications
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7035 Intercultural Communication
Credit Hours: 3
Curriculum and Instruction:
EDLS 7136 Current Pedagogical Issues
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7137 Advanced Models of Teaching
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7138 Curriculum Design: Development, Implementation, Evaluation
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7139 Professional Development Principles and Practices
Credit Hours: 3
Higher Education:
EDLS 8630 Administration in Higher Education
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 8631 Student Affairs in Higher Education
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 8632 Law and Policy in Higher Education
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 8633 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
Credit Hours: 3
Instructional Technology:
EDLS 7530 Learning Theory and Instruction
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7533 Systematic Design of Technology-based Instruction
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7537 Technology and eLearning
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7538 Interactive Distance Learning
Credit Hours: 3
Principal:
ADSU 6030 Introduction to Educational Leadership
Credit Hours: 3
ADSU 6132 Curriculum
Credit Hours: 3
ADSU 6233 Principalship
Credit Hours: 3
ADSU 6533 Appraisal of Teaching
Credit Hours: 3
Reading:
EDLS 7131 Society, Language and Reading
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7132 Integrating Reading into the Curriculum
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7133 Writing Workshop in the Classroom I
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7134 Curriculum Writing Workshop in the Classroom II
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7135 Literacy Assessment for the Practitioner
Credit Hours: 3
Research Design, Measurement and Statistics:
EDLS 7330 Advanced Statistical Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7331 Advanced Qualitative Methods
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7332 Current Issues in Educational Measurement
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7333 Survey Design
Credit Hours: 3
Special Populations:
EDLS 7036 Special Populations-Early Childhood Education
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7037 Special Populations-Special Education
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7038 Special Populations-Bilingual and ESL Education
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7039 Special Populations-Synthesis
Credit Hours: 3
Superintendent:
EDLS 7636 Politics and School Finance
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7637 Personnel Management
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7638 The Superintendent and School Community Relations
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7833 Superintendent Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 7837 Superintendent Practicum
Credit Hours: 3
Dissertation:
EDLS 8939 Dissertation
Credit Hours: 3
EDLS 8969 Dissertation
Credit Hours: 6

Additional Information

Students must register for dissertation hours each long semester until completion. Only six hours of dissertation may count in the program. Before being permitted to register for dissertation hours, a doctoral student must have advanced to candidacy.
Those interested in applying should contact COE's Office of Academic Advising in Bayou 1231 (by phone at 281-283-3600 or by e-mail at education@uhcl.edu). The deadline for application is March 15; however, early admission is available. Contact COE's Office of Academic Advising for details.