EdD/PhD, Special Education Leadership Specialization

Study Format Online, On Campus

This doctoral program is offerred 100% online and through cohorts on campus.

Program Length 61-67 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: Special Education Leadership

Research-Based Decision Making

The analysis of the methodological and statistical components of existing research data to enhance and facilitate the educational decision-making process is the topic of this course. Particular attention is given to application of research to issues of educational policy and reform.

Supervision of Programs for Children with Disabilities

This course is designed to examine educational supervisory models with emphasis on specialized instruction. Various elements of instructional leadership are examined emphasizing parent, staff and community collaborations. How to structure programs to reflect current research understandings, best practice in special education, and state and federal mandates and emphasized.

International Perspectives in Special Education

This course examines variations, across cultures and historical periods, in conceptualizations of disabilities and management of special education. The course surveys conceptualizations of disabilities, physiological, cultural, and environmental factors that modulate the severity or presence of disability conditions, and the effects of various treatment and educational approaches.

Special Education Law and Policy

Impact of special education policies and implementation as related to public and nonpublic schools. Analysis of legal guidelines, litigation, individualized education programs, inclusion and characteristics of exceptional learners.

Organization and Community Partnerships

This course examines the nature of organizational thought, behavior, development, and change in order to build effective community outreach and partnerships. Topics explored include organizational development and behavior, systems theory, leadership, organizational and community culture, climate, political structures, community groups and other influencing factors, which impact organizational decision-making.

Current Issues and Trends in Special Education

The field of special education is in a constant state of revision.  In this course, graduate students will read, research, and discuss a variety of current issues and trends in special education.  Other areas of analysis include: political and sociocultural perspectives on special education, considerations of ideal special education systems, communicating the rights and needs of students with disabilities and their families, and future directions in leadership and teacher preparation.

Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities

During this course, candidates will review research and analyze instructional practices as they broaden and deepen their professional knowledge, and expand their expertise with instructional technologies, curriculum standards, effective teaching strategies, and assistive technologies.  A variety of assistive technologies and related issues will be examined including: computer software and access, augmentative communication, electronic devices for activities of daily living, wheelchairs and seating, and transportation. 

Seminar in Low Incidence Disabilities

This course is designed to introduce students to the process of critically reviewing literature related to the identification, characteristics, and approaches for students with low-incidence disabilities, specifically, severe/profound disabilities. The course will provide an overview of the service needs associated with low incidence disabilities and current educational approaches. The course focus will be academic, behavioral, communicative, motor, and sensory considerations. 

Seminar in High Incidence Disabilities

This seminar includes an in depth review of trends, issues, research and program development in educating students with specific learning disabilities and emotional disabilities.  Critical analysis and discussion of a variety of topics including: response to intervention, differentiated instruction, learning climate and culture, and behavior assessments and interventions.

Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis 

This course is designed to provide an overview of the principles and procedures needed to systematically address socially significant maladaptive behavior.  Students will understand the basic principles of behavior analysis, behavioral research methods, and begin to acquire the conceptual and technical skills necessary to reinforce socially desirable behavior in diverse learners. Other topics that will be explored in this course include: verbal behaviors, motivation, program development, and ethics.

 

Foundations/Philosophy/Ethics

Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge (PhD only)

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.

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Education (EdD only)

Study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of education, including analysis of the aims and goals of education, processes of attainment, content and curriculum, and the socialization function of education and schooling. 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.

Policy Analysis

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

Ethics for Educational Leaders

Ethical theories and practice of school district leadership.

 

Research and Statistics for EdD, Practioner Track

Research Design

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.

Quantitative Research

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

Qualitative 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.

 

Research and Statistics for PhD, Research Track

Research Design

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.

Quantitative Research

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

Qualitative 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.

Mixed Methods Research

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

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.

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.

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.

 

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee-based)  

 

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