Doctoral Degree Programs

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is a 60-credit program designed for graduate level educators who are presently teachers or administrators in a school setting or have regular weekly access to a school and classrooms. The Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership will provide opportunities for educators to learn and develop skills and strategies in the areas of school management, education law, education finance, and instructional supervision to be an effective leader.

The goal of the program is to develop scholars-practitioners who will learn and practice advanced skills in designing, implementing, and analyzing effective research-based strategies in school/district leadership so they can provide active, positive, and effective leadership in the school environment. All students enrolled in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree program will demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills related to ISLLC and ELCC organization standards.

Program Requirements

The Ed.D. requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits – 51 credits of required courses and 9 credits of electives. (Note: courses are either three credits or six credits).

Program Objectives

The Ed.D. prepares educators for advanced professional responsibility and leadership in effectively organizing, planning, implementing, and evaluating staff and programs, addressing diverse school environments, and building and fostering effective learning communities. This course will prepare educators to apply the ISLLC and ELCC standards in educational leadership practices.

Specifically, the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership will prepare graduates for:

  • Developing skills in leadership and accountability for continuous improvement
  • Providing appropriate programs to meet diverse community, school, staff, and student learning needs
  • Building and maintaining effective professional learning communities where staff can address important issues and solve problems related to equity, opportunity and excellence
  • Inspiring lifelong learning among students and adults
  • Implementing an aligned standards-based curriculum and performance-based assessments to promote the success of all learners
  • Building communication processes in the community and with parents that inform, inspire, and build confidence in working together to achieve school goals
  • Bringing the world into the classroom through a technology-infused and research-based curriculum that prepares all learners to work and live in a global society
  • Recommending supervisory practices based on leadership standards, leadership theories, and critical success factors
  • Identifying characteristics of effective schools and explaining opportunities and strategies for improving schools
  • Identifying and explaining appropriate research-based effective teaching strategies for special education, ESL, and struggling students
  • Outlining resources and processes for data-based decision making for strategic planning and school improvement
  • Developing a plan to implement a professional learning community via a focused culture, climate, and communication strategies in an established school
  • Creating a team leadership supervisory platform that implements your vision for education leadership in terms of duties and responsibilities
  • Determining appropriate approaches to developmental supervision and professional development
  • Explaining pertinent laws related to special needs, discrimination, discipline, and personnel
  • Creating a supervisory plan that implements both clinical supervision and differentiated supervision
  • Explaining the role of the principal in managing school facilities and fiscal management
  • Proposing strategies for community relations, parent involvement, and internal communication
  • Designing a plan for continuous school improvement
  • Planning for the implementation of federal, state, and district policies
  • Implementing specific teacher supervision and evaluation strategies
  • Completing an administrative internship online and onsite in an educational setting that demonstrates ISLLC and ELCC standards
  • Completing an action research dissertation demonstrating research and analysis skills related to a pertinent educational topic
Required courses and recommended program of study

Technical Courses: (Electives - 9 Credits)
EDA509D Essential Instructional Skills for Administrators
EDA519D Understanding Child and Adolescent Development
EDA529D Curriculum Design and Assessment Development
EDA5291D Seminar in Curriculum Design Issues
EDA5292D Seminar in Standards and Assessments
EDA539D Introduction to Special Needs
EDA572D Foundations of ESL
EDA589D Human Resources Issues in Education
EDA5891D Seminar in Personnel Management
EDA599D Principles of Continuous Improvement

General Courses:
EDA549D Principles of School Leadership and Management OR EDA5491D Seminar in Principal Leadership
EDA559D Legal Issues in Education OR EDA5591D Seminar in Legal Issues
EDA569D Understanding Education Finance OR EDA5691D Seminar in School Finance
EDA600D International Virtual Leadership Residency
EDA649D Advanced Leadership and Effective Decision Making
EDA679D Foundations of American Education
Comprehensive Exam - Proctored

Applied General Education Courses:
EDA709D Online Internship for Educational Leaders
EDA710D Onsite Internship for Educational Leaders
EDA718D Advanced Research Methods
EDA719D Action Research Proposal
EDA720D Action Research Project/Dissertation

Other:
EDA7201D Action Research Project/Dissertation Completion
*As needed in 8 weeks blocks until dissertation is completed

Total Program Hours/Credits: 60

Click here to view the Online Course Catalog with detailed descriptions of each course in the program.

Click here to view the Doctoral Program Handbook Addendum


Transfer Credits

Acacia University recognizes the prior learning of admitted students by awarding credit for courses at the graduate level, completed at an accredited institution, and documented through official transcript when the credit is applicable to the student’s degree program at Acacia University. As many as nine (9) credits may be transferred.

If an applicant has earned a degree at another university, credits from that degree cannot be transferred or used for an additional degree at Acacia University.

The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by Acacia University. Likewise, credits earned at Acacia University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Students planning to complete credits for a master’s degree in another college, university, or graduate school are advised to contact the Admissions Office of such institution in advance of applying.

Tuition

All Doctoral Level Courses are $330 per credit

Example

The cost for a single 3-credit doctoral level course is $1,065.00
($990.00 + $75.00 one-time application fee)

Fees

Application Fee (one-time) $75
Late Application Fee $50
Graduation Fee $100
Official Transcript Fee $10
Late Fee (On Monthly Payments) $25
Reactivation Fee* $25
Returned Check Fee $20
Dissertation $150**
International Virtual Leadership Residency $700
One-Day Virtual Residency (four required sessions) $125 per session

*Returning after 12-month or more absence
**Fee is for electronic publishing. For a printed and bound copy of the dissertation, there is an additional fee of $40 per copy

Payment Policies

Tuition and fees are payable at the time of registration for each course. Students will not receive Official Grade Reports, transcripts, or be awarded a degree until all financial obligations have been met. Students who have outstanding financial obligations to Acacia University will not be permitted to register for future courses unless special arrangements have been approved through the Finance Office.

Students may pay by check, money order, wire transfer, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). International students must pay with U.S. currency. Students whose employers will be invoiced for tuition shall submit a billing authorization form prior to the second week of class in lieu of course payment.

Military tuition assistance (TA) students may be eligible for a deferral of tuition once their DA 2171 Form has been completed, authorized, and received by Acacia University.

Next Steps

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