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Doctorate in Education

The Ed.D. is a professional terminal degree that requires students to engage in a rigorous process of research, inquiry, and site-based practice that not only includes the dissertation but also an extensive internship that includes an action research project as well as a cultural diversity project. There are three (3) options within the degree program, with the student selecting one specific area in which to specialize. These areas are:

            I. The Superintendency

            II. Curriculum & Instruction

            III. Organizational Management

Program Information

The strengths of the Doctorate in Education Program reflect the missions of Oakland City University and the School of Education. They include:
  • A three-dimensional program that includes leadership training in the areas of:
    • 1) superintendent,
    • 2) curriculum & instruction in higher education, and
    • 3) ceo leadership model
  • Delivery system based on Adult Learning Theory; limited seat time with alternate means of interaction and communications
  • Structured candidate support of the dissertation process which includes class interaction
  • during the proposal phases
  • Cohort group moves through the program together
  • Small class sizes
  • Authentic assessment provides meaningful evaluation to candidates throughout the program
  • Well-developed faculty research agendas - Ed.D. Leadership Research Agenda
  • Effectiveness of the program represented by maturity and breadth of faculty, ie:
    • Dr. McCandless, 35 years in public educational administration and four years in
    • higher education
    • Dr. Mills, 28 years in higher education and highly recognized as a scholarlyresearcher and
    • author
    • Dr. Swails, 36 years experience in higher education, recognized as a nationalpresenter in the area of statistical analysis
    • All adjunct faculty are current practitioners and have expertise in their program related area
  • Assessment for continuous program improvement

Option Information

Option I - The Superintendency

Admission Information

The doctoral program applicant must possess a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, have a cumulative post-graduate GPA of at least 3.2 or higher on a 4 point scale; and ( for superintendent licensure) possess a valid teaching and administrator license, a minimum of two years of building administrator experience and be currently employed as a school administrator. Comparable credentials are required for other fields.

Admissions Requirements -

  1. A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. A grade point average of 3.2 or better (based on a 4.0 grading system)
  3. Three (3) character references from persons able to attest to the applicant’s suitability as a prospective graduate student Download the Personal Reference Form.
  4. Documentation/description of a record of a minimum of two (2) years of successful administrative experience in education or a leadership role in management Download the Administrative Experience Information Form.
  5. Copy of valid teaching and principal’s license – as applicable
  6. Reflective Writing Sample†: A writing sample reflecting personal goals with the objectives of the Doctoral program as reflected in the OCU Mission Statement and Conceptual Framework.  Specify the leadership area of interest (superintendency, higher education, business, and so forth). 
  7. Sampled writing†: A thesis or advanced research paper, minimum at master’s level, for review that demonstrates the applicant’s professional writing ability at the graduate level
  8. Current resume reflecting work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, honors received, professional publications or presentations, community service and other relevant information relating to the applicant’s leadership background
  9. Official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study
  10. Completed application and application fee*

†Writing sample is evaluated on the following criteria:  Content, Reflection, Organization, Citations, and Professionalism.  Sample specifics APA format:  1 ½ - 2 pages, double spaced, 12 point font, and 1” margins.

*Submit a $40.00 non-refundable application fee with application portfolio.  Make the check/money order payable to Oakland City University or call the Business Office at 812-749-1382 to pay with debit/credit cards.

Return the completed portfolio to:  Dr. Nancy Miller, Director, School of Education Graduate Studies, Oakland City University, 138 North Lucretia Street, Oakland City, IN 47660


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