EdD/PhD, Leadership and Gerontology Specialization

Study Format Online
Program Length 68 credits*

 

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Curriculum

Doctoral Specialization: Gerontology

Sociocultural Aspects of Aging

Presents a socio-cultural perspective on the aging process. This course examines social and cultural factors that influence aging and the nature of the integration of older adults into society, as well as the way in which population aging affects the larger society.

The Psychological Aspects of Aging

Examines psychological development and change across the adult lifespan. Using frameworks of developmental psychology, this course reviews and explores adult development in the broad domains of cognition, personality and socio-emotional functioning. Issues related to normative and optimal adult development and aging are considered.

Issues in Aging Policy

Explores the development, implementation, and analysis of social policy in the United States on major issues affecting older people. Considers the determinants of aging policy. The policy-making process and development of legislation are analyzed as factors related to the making of policy for older adults.

Gerontological Theory

Reviews major types of gerontological theory within the context of theoretical paradigms. This course explores the differences and commonalities within the various theoretical strands of knowledge construction within gerontology.

The Physiology of Aging

Presents an in-depth analysis of the biology of aging, building up from changes occurring at the molecular and cellular level and analyzing the consequences at the organism level. Examines the influence of these age-related changes in what are commonly considered a disease of aging.

Demography and Epidemiology of Aging

Explores fertility, mortality, and global aging; distribution of health and illness within a population; age-based migration and its impact on locations of origin and destination; variations in health and mortality by gender, race, ethnicity, and social class; impact of health and mortality patterns for individuals, society and public policy.

Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Gerontology

Exploration and application of teaching and learning strategies for communicating gerontological knowledge.  This course addresses teaching gerontology in classroom settings as well as in public setting to a variety of audiences in applied and policy settings.

Diversity in Aging Societies

Explores how ethnicity, race, gender structures the lives of individuals throughout the life course and how other factors such as age, cohort, and class intersect with these realities. This course considers how the lives of people differ across diverse strata and how social policies shape individuals lives.

Professional Seminar in Gerontology

Applies and integrates knowledge gained in earlier courses and strengthens skills necessary to claim identity as a gerontologist. Through applications in gerontology-related areas such as advocacy, professionalism, and/or family and workplace issues, candidates will hone skills needed in the profession (i.e., CV/Resume development, job acquisition tools, communication skills, etc.).

 

Doctoral Specialization: Leadership

Research-Based Decision Making (PhD only)

The analysis of the methodological and statistical components of existing research data to enhance and facilitate the educational decision making process. Particular attention is given to applications regarding issues of educational policy.

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership (EdD only)

Study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of education and leadership, including analysis of the aims and goals of education, processes of attainment, content and curriculum, and the socialization function of education, schooling and complex organizations. Develop an understanding of the intersections between theory/philosophy, ethical perspectives, and the development of policy, practice and institutions.

Organizational Change

Application of change theory to large and small organizations. Leadership strategies for successful change implementation.

Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge

This course provides an orientation to the nature, uses and limitations of science with the aim of achieving and understanding of the variety of approaches to research design and developing conceptual frameworks. With regard to the metatheory of knowledge, particular attention will be paid to the following topics: the relationship between theory and observations, the role of the researcher’s values in knowledge generation, how the research conceptualizes the relationship between researcher and subjects, the standards that are used to appraise theories, the theory of reality (ontology) and of how to know that reality (epistemology) that underlies critical theories, and how different methods of data gathering and data analysis influence the generation of scientific knowledge.

Policy Analysis

Educational policy-making at the macro (national, regional and state) and micro (local and institutional) levels. Selected educational policies.

Leadership, Applied Ethics and Global Change

Examines the ethical dilemmas of leadership, the foundations and context of moral choice and the moral implications of decision-making as they relate to gerontological leadership. Considers the ethical challenges and decision criteria facing leaders, the role of politics and power in organizations and the leader’s ability to promote and infuse organizational ethics and integrity in an aging and globalized world.

 

Research and Statistics for the EdD, Practitioner Track

Practical Applications of Gerontological Leadership

Focuses on applying research, knowledge, and skills to exhibit gerontological leadership and deliver gerontological programming. Examines techniques for delivery and management of gerontological programs and evaluating effectiveness of programs/intervention.

Financial and Legal Issues in Gerontological Leadership

Focuses on leadership skills related to the management of the financial and legal issues in gerontological organizations/institutions. Specific attention will be given to the overlap between the fields of business, law, and aging, while examining issues related to financial and legal planning for the individuals and the larger implications this planning has for society.

Research Design

Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Methods of Action Research Inquiry

Principles and application of action research planning, implementation and reflection in educational environments.  Exploration of collaborative, participatory and individual approaches to action research methods that can be utilized to improve schools and/or organizations.

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Quantitative Research

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data; including data coding and entry of data.  Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics, using both non-parametric and initial parametric techniques.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

 

Research and Statistics for the PhD, Researcher Track

Research Design

Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Quantitative Research

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data; including data coding and entry of data.  Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics, using both non-parametric and initial parametric techniques.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Mixed Methods Research

This course explores the theory, design, and application of mixed methods research.

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Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis

Prepares students to utilize naturalistic inquiry in their own research, most immediately, the dissertation experience. Students will be able to reflect on choices of inquiry paradigms, the goodness of fit between the problem and the approach chosen to explore it, the selection of appropriate instruments, and the role of the writer in the presentation of findings.

Advanced Topics in Statistics

An introduction to advanced statistical concepts including multivariate analysis, linear models, hierarchical linear models, factor analysis, and data management. Students will use statistical software packages and will learn to write basic syntax for custom analysis. Prerequisite: Quantitative Research or Quantitative Analysis.

Survey Research

This course introduces students to survey and instrument development including issues related to operationalizing variables, survey construction, sampling, coding, analysis, and evaluating the reliability and validity of survey research methods.

 

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation I, II, and III
  • Dissertation Supervision
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