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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 a ction 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

*Applications and admission requirements for the Summer 2015 cohorts will be accepted from October 1 through April 30.

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.

Applications and admission requirements for the Summer 2015 cohorts will be accepted from October 1 through April 30.

The admission portfolio must contain the following documents:

  1. Documentation and description of a record of a minimum of two years of successful administrative experience in education or a related field. Download the Administrative Experience Information Form ;
  2. Scores from the GRE, MAT, or GMAT taken within the past 10 years; Please contact Dr. Mary Jo Beauchamp at (812)749-1483 to schedule MAT test. GRE testing information is found at GMAT testing information is found at
  3. Three letters of reference from persons familiar with the applicant's academic ability and professional performance (Specific examples of leadership ability and problem solving skills should be cited.) Download the Personal Reference Form.;
  4. Complete the following: An essay that reconciles your personal goals with the objectives of the Ed.D. Program as reflected in the OCU Mission Statement. Specify the leadership area of interest (superintendency, higher education, business, and so forth.);
  5. A complete resume that includes 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;
  6. A thesis or major research paper, minimum at master's level, for review that demonstrates the applicant's professional writing ability at the graduate level;
  7. A copy of a current teaching and principal's license - as applicable;
  8. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study. (Credit earned through correspondence courses at the graduate level is generally not acceptable.). Transcripts marked "issued to student" are not acceptable;
  9. The completed application form.

Download the Guidelines for Completing the Admissions Portfolio. Return the completed portfolio to:

Dr. Nancy Miller, Director of Graduate Studies
Oakland City University
138 North Lucretia Street
Oakland City, Indiana 47660


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