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Doctor of Education


Doctor of Education
Curriculum and Leadership

College of Education and Health Professsions

Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership

Program Description

With the present climate of accountability, there is a significant demand for educators among administrative ranks and in the classroom who have a high degree of expertise in school improvement, research, and professional learning. The development of professional educators with the research skills necessary to improve student achievement in schools is critical given the need for leadership frameworks, curriculum models, and instructional practices that are supported by research. The Ed.D. program develops educators with the skills to meet these demands.

Classes in the 63-credit hour program are intended for classroom educators, school administrators, district personnel and other individuals seeking professional expertise in leadership.

This program is delivered in a cohort model in which students work together through their required coursework in face-to-face or hybrid classes. Some approved electives may be offered online.

Educator Preparation at Columbus State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The Ed.D. program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Career Opportunities

With a Doctorate in Curriculum and Leadership, you obtain a more competitive degree for job positions in education. Careers such as teacher leaders, curriculum leaders in schools or districts, curriculum specialists, assistant school principals, school principals, school district superintendents are all available to doctorate degree holders. You have a higher level resume with a doctorate degree in all of these careers, but with careers such as school district superintendents it is almost required to have a doctorate level degree. Therefore, this is the right time to further your degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicant must hold at least a master’s degree from an accredited United States institution, or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • Academic good standing at the institution last attended.
  • GPA of at least 3.5 on all graduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirement for a graduate degree.
  • Satisfactory scores on the general portion (Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning) of the Revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a satisfactory score on the Analytical Writing component.
  • Four (4) years of experience in a school setting or in a leadership role in the private sector.
  • No criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher, counseling or leadership certifications.
  • The successful applicant must not have been removed from or denied admittance to a teacher education program or student teaching.  

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:
  • Develop a high degree of expertise in school improvement, research, and professional learning.
  • Develop and implement leadership frameworks, curriculum models, and instructional practices that are supported by research.
  • Develop research models similar to those implemented to test the efficacy of specific treatments in the field of medicine.
  • Identify problems in the schools, employ research strategies, analyze data, and make appropriate program revisions that positively impact student learning and achievement.
  • Identify practices, rigorously test those practices, and ascertain best practice to implement in a specific environment.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Completion of all required coursework (minimum of 63 semester hours) with a 3.5 GPA and no more than one grade of C applying toward the degree
  • Completion of dissertation
  • Successful defense of dissertation
  • Acceptance of dissertation by the COEHP Office of Graduate Studies
  • Residency of a minimum of 48 semester hours

Program Of Study

RESEARCH Required Hours: 15
EDUF 8117 Qualitative Research Methods EDUF 8125 Mixed Methods Research in Education EDUF 8126 Introduction to Statistical Methods in Education EDUF 8127 Quantitative Experimental Research EDUL 8715 Doctoral Seminar in Educational Leadership

Choose one area of specialization: Curriculum, Educational Leadership, or Higher Education

SPECIALIZATION Curriculum Required Hours: 24
EDUF 8112 Curriculum Design and Evaluation EDCI 7157 Curriculum Development and Reform EDCI 8115 Diversity in Education EDCI 8116 Trends and Issues in Curriculum Studies EDCI 8117 Professional Development and Learning EDCI 8157 Quality Assessment and Evaluation EDCI 8555 Selected Topics in Education EDCI 8555 Selected Topics in Education

SPECIALIZATION Educational Leadership Required Hours: 24
EDUL 8102 Leading for Change EDUL 8104 Supervision of Teaching and Learning EDUL 8105 Leadership Theory EDUL 8115 Educational Policy and Ethics EDUL 8126 Politics of Education EDUL 8127 Creating Resilient Leaders EDUL 8209 Organizational Theory: Implications for Student Performance EDUL 8807 Directed Study in Educational Leadership

SPECIALIZATION Higher Education Required Hours: 24
EDHE 8101 Introduction to Higher Education EDHE 8102 Academic Affairs EDHE 8103 Finance and Administrative Affairs EDHE 8110 Policy and Politics of Higher Education EDHE 8112 Higher Education Student Services EDHE 8123 Research in Higher Education EDHE 8125 Educational Evaluation EDHE 8720 Current Issues in Higher Education

DISSERTATION Required Hours: 12
EDUF 8129 Developing the Dissertation Proposal EDUF 8999 Dissertation EDUF 8999 Dissertation EDUF 8999 Dissertation

ELECTIVES Required Hours: 12 
12 approved semester hours in discipline as approved by advisor

Total Required Hours: 63

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