Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Three Options of Study

The Doctor of Education (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:

  • Option I – Superintendency
  • Option II – Curriculum & Instruction
  • Option III – Organizational Management

The doctoral program is a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours, excluding a required thirty (30) credit hour master’s degree. Additional credit may be given for other graduate level work. Approval of the Graduate Council is required for exceptions to this policy.

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Option I - Superintendency

The Doctor of Education – Option 1 Superintendency is designed to meet the needs of leaders who are designated to make decisions, who are responsible for policy decisions, and who are already employed as educational leaders or school administrators. The Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) program is a terminal degree that requires students to engage in a rigorous process of research, inquiry, application, and site-based practice. The degree also requires the successful completion of leadership coursework, an extensive internship, involving an action research project, a cultural diversity project, and a capstone paper/project. This degree program’s emphasis is on Superintendency.

Superintendency Courses

  • The Superintendency
  • Personnel Evaluation & Administration
  • Policies & Procedures in Administration
  • Financial Strategies
Option II - Curriculum and Instruction

The Doctor of Education – Option II Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to meet the needs of leaders who are designated to make decisions, who are responsible for policy decisions, and who are already employed as educational leaders or school administrators. The Doctor of Education – Curriculum and Instruction is a specialized terminal degree that requires students to engage in a rigorous process of research, inquiry, application, and site-based practice. The degree also requires the successful completion of leadership coursework, an extensive internship, involving an action research project, a cultural diversity project, and a capstone paper/project. This degree program’s emphasis is on Curriculum and Instruction for either secondary or post-secondary application.

Curriculum & Instruction Courses

  • Curriculum Theory
  • Critical Issues in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Curriculum & Instruction Leadership
  • Personnel Evaluation & Administration
  • Instructional Technology – Curriculum & Instruction
Option III - Organizational Management

The Doctor of Education – Option III Organization Management program is designed to meet the needs of leaders who are designated to make decisions, who are responsible for policy decisions, and who are already employed as educational leaders or business leaders. The Doctor of Education – Organizational Management is a specialized terminal degree that requires students to engage in a rigorous process of research, inquiry, application, and site-based practice. The degree also requires the successful completion of leadership coursework, an extensive internship, involving an action research project, a cultural diversity project, and a capstone paper/project. This degree program’s emphasis is on Organizational Leadership in an educational and/or business setting.

Organization Management Courses

  • Corporate Financial Theory
  • The CEO
  • Personnel Evaluation & Administration
  • Cultural Dynamics & Organizational Management

Core Courses

  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Methods of Inquiry
  • Applied Analysis
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Research
  • Facility Planning & Usage
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Leader’s Role in Organizational Dynamics
  • Counselor-Based School Leadership

Admissions Requirements

The admission process for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degrees is designed to admit the highest quality professional educators and business leaders who desire to contribute to their respective fields of work. Applicants to the specialist or doctoral programs must produce a comprehensive Admissions Portfolio, including both qualitative and quantitative measures, which is used to assess personal characteristics, academic skills, communication skills, and leadership ability.

The admission portfolio must contain the following items:

  1. Completed Application Form;
  2. Completed Concentration Declaration
  3. Documentation and description of a record of a minimum of two (2) years of successful administrative experience in education, or management;
  4. Provide two (2) character references.
  5. A letter of reference from a supervisor or other person familiar with the applicant’s academic ability and professional performance (specific examples of leadership ability and problem-solving skills should be cited);
  6. A current 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;
  7. 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;
  8. Official transcripts from all graduate institutions of study

At OCU, professors were always available to the students through email, telephone, and face to face meetings to answer any question related to the program. The professors all have doctoral degrees which modeled to me that they know exactly what they were advising when it was related to how to accomplish each goal of the program. They were knowledgeable about the content being taught, always positive and had a great sense of humor.

Dr. Linda Itoka

English Language Learner Teacher, Thomas D. Gregg Elementary IPS #15

The strengths of the doctoral program at OCU is the friendliness of staff and willingness of faculty/staff to help.

Dr., Randy Miller

Principal, Westview Jr. High School

The professors are knowledgeable and flexible simultaneously. They possess both professional and life experiences, that provide the requisite knowledge to effectively guide the students. This is perhaps why most OCU professors give a remarkable amount of access to their students and are very personable in their approach. Also, the structure of the program, online and traditional format, provide the balance necessary to give students the full educational experience of being a doctoral candidate. While online is convenient, it is nice to know that the summer will bring face-to face interactions with staff and the cohort.

Dr. April MaGee

Principal, Florence Avenue School- Irvington Board of Education

As educators, we always have the goal of producing life-long learners; it is important to me as a professional to be a positive role model in this regard. I have had an advanced degree as an important personal goal for my entire adult life and made a promise to my parents and my kids to finish it through to completion. Being the superintendent of a small school district, I am in charge of everything. The time commitment is huge, and the job comes with a great deal of responsibility. Oakland City University has been great to work with and the professors have been extremely thoughtful in their approach in allowing me great flexibility to complete my degree. I am thankful to be attending a university where the philosophy is based on working with students in their own individual situations. I needed this flexibility, and the people at OCU cared enough to provide it.

Dr. Bob Hacker

Superintendent, White River Valley School District

The Oakland City University program provides me with the flexibility I need in order to proactively and aggressively meet the challenges of multiple responsibilities. Further, the program has proven to provide me with the rigor and relevance I believe is needed to successfully prepare for future challenges

Dr. Kevin Smith

Superintendent, Covington School District

The Doctoral program at OCU is personalized, and have a willingness to accept pass coursework, they offer flexibility to accommodate working professionals. Professors are willing to work through challenges of coursework and provide the extra time to explain and provide feedback. They offer a very positive approach to learning. The Doctoral Program at OCU greatest strength is their willingness to accommodate and work with very busy school administrators is the greatest single strength.

Dr. Lance Richards

Superintendent, North Harrison Community Schools

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