The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership strongly emphasizes research and evaluation, but it also allows you to explore individualized interest areas and apply your learning to issues that are specific to your work situation or personal interests. It is our goal to connect the work in the doctoral program to the social and political challenges facing education today.

Ed.D. Curriculum and Research Cycles

In the Ed.D. vision statement, the faculty write: “A major research focus of our program addresses both the causes of inequities—in services, in institutional policies and practices, and in cultural norms and expectations—and the effects that these inequities have on students, parents, and teachers. Through university-community partnerships and research in their own work settings, students address these issues directly while studying in their program.” In keeping with the vision, the faculty members have identified four research cycles that each doctoral student will complete during the program and have identified the courses needed to support this new approach.  The first three research cycles introduce students to different forms of action research, designed to use research to bring about transformative change. The fourth cycle will be the student’s dissertation research. Each cycle will be woven across five different courses, creating a synthesizing experience while students study different subject matter.

Cycle 1: Collaborative Inquiry

Using the cohort as a laboratory, students will participate in a systematic process of investigating themselves or their practice. In small teams, the members first agree on a focus of inquiry and develop a set of questions or intentions to explore; jointly develop a set of procedures for observing and recording their experiences; execute and record data about their planned actions; and examine their experiences, assumptions, values, and beliefs in light of their new knowledge. At the completion of the fourth step, they may change their original question or engage in additional cycles of action and reflection.

Cycle 2: Community-Based Research

 During this cycle, students will work with a school, agency, or non-profit organization to jointly develop a research project that will meet the needs of the organization while teaching the student important research skills. During this cycle, in conjunction with their coursework and depending on the nature of the research project, students will practice skills such as survey construction, interviewing skills, data analysis, and the like. They will also have the experience of being an “outside” researcher who must learn how to work respectfully and effectively with the “insider” organizational members.

Cycle 3: Participatory Action Research

 In this final cycle before the dissertation research, students will engage in a participatory research project within their work settings where they are an “insider” working with other “insiders” on projects aimed at creating sustainable change through collaboration. During this cycle, students will not only use their research skills but also their leadership skills, helping to forge a collaborative team in settings where power and privilege are often the norm. It is likely that this third cycle will be directly connected to the student’s dissertation/

Cycle 4: Dissertation Research

During this cycle, students will enroll in coursework directly related to their dissertation and will also work jointly with the dissertation chair during the proposal-develop phase.

See the outline below for an overview of the four cycles are integrated into the curriculum:


Ed.D. Courses

Research Cycles

Cycle One: Collaborative Inquiry

Trimester

Course Number

Course Title

Units

SU1-Year 1

EDAD618

Leadership: Theory to Practice             

 

SU2-Year1

EDAD611

Organizational Theory and Systems

 

FA1-Year 1

EDAD617

Introduction to Research                  

 

FA2-Year1

EDAD610

Values and Ethics

 

SP1-Year1

EDAD619

Organizational Change and Innovation

 

 

Cycle  2: Community-Based Research

Trimester/Year

Course Number

Course Title

Units

SP2–Year 1

EDAD608

Quantitative Research Design

 

SU1-Year 2

EDAD640

Data Analysis Lab

 

SU2-Year 2

EDAD603

Elective

 

FA1-Year 2

EDAD605

Qualitative Research

 

FA2-Year 2

EDAD6XX

Advanced Qualitative Research

 

                                   

Cycle 3: Participatory Action Research*

Trimester/Year

Course Number

Course Title

Units

SP1-Year 2

EDAD641

Data Driven Decision Making

 

SP2-Year 2

EDAD6XX

Systems Thinking

 

SU1-Year 3

EDAD632

Leadership for Equity

 

SU2-Year 3

EDAD604

Leadership Perspectives on Public Policy

 

FA1- Year 3

EDAD615

Learning and Leading

 

FA2 – Year 3

EDAD616

Elective

 

 

*The order of these courses may change.

Cycle 4: Dissertation Research

Trimester/Year

Course Number

Course Title

Units

SP1-Year3

EDAD613

Literature Review

 

SP2-Year 3

EDAD614

Dissertation Proposal                                                          

 

2004

EDAD629

Dissertation Research and Writing *

 

 

*Total of 6 units are required; can take variable units in each trimester (SU,FA,SP)

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