Curriculum

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.

Doctoral Specialization: Organizational 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. Particular attention is given to applications regarding issues of educational policy.

Leadership Theories and Professional Practice

In this course, students explore and examine contemporary and classical leadership theories and their application to a variety of professional settings; students assess and evaluate organization’s leadership platform, policies and professional practices.

Developing the Organization's Human Capital

In this course, students examine and explore human resources policies and practices; administrative supervision strategies and effective communication techniques; job performance, employee development and deployment, diverse work force, employment law, training and development, harassment and health issues, and disabilities and discrimination.

Leading the Knowledge Enterprise

Leading the Knowledge Enterprise is a course that introduces students to the exciting and sometimes hard to define field of knowledge management. The role of the leader is emphasized, especially as it relates to identifying and leveraging the intellectual capital of an organization; promoting and facilitating knowledge sharing and innovation; intellectual assets, knowledge management strategy, knowledge management cycle, and knowledge taxonomies.

Leading a Learning Organization

In this course, students explore and examine the five disciplines of learning organizations; as well as characteristics of learning organizations, growth cycles, building capacity and sustainability.

Promoting and Leading Change

Effective change leadership requires an understanding of the basic principles and practices underlying innovation, change processes and sustainability in organizations. The focus of this course is initiating, implementing and ensuring continuation of change as a key leadership challenge. Various change theories and principles are examined with an emphasis on the leader’s role in capacity building, creativity, organizational strengths and style. Participants are encouraged to develop a more situated and experience informed approach to change in the organizational front lines.

Advanced Seminar in Leadership and Strategy  

The course is designed to advance students’ understanding, perspectives, frameworks, and mindsets for integrating leadership and strategy within their organizations. Students explore and examine various organizational issues impacting strategy, strategic decision making and innovative opportunities for leading and planning change initiatives.

Inclusive Leadership  

Differences in gender, race, and ethnicity, have a significant impact on leadership style and practice in both overt and covert ways in all aspects of life, including within the workplace. This course provides students with an analytic framework for understanding the role that inclusions play in defining and determining access to leadership and power in organizations.

Applied Ethics and Organizational Leadership

Students are offered an opportunity to explore and examine critical ethical issues in organizational leadership such as power, politics, influence, and ethical responsibility. Students will examine their personal and professional ethical positions and the impact of their moral compass in decision making.

Change, Innovation, and Transformation Leadership

Students examine the various roles and processes in organizational change, innovation, and transformation efforts in the context of globally responsible leadership. Organizational culture, climate, communication practices, mental models that acknowledge the need for socially and globally responsible leadership are explored. The necessity for moral integrity in the face of increasing ethical pluralism is also examined.

The Follower-Leader Relationship

Students explore the often-understudied aspect of leadership – the role of the follower and the dynamics that drive the follower-leader relationship. Students examine the various theories and models of followership, the follower-leader mindsets, and shared leadership practices which promote organizational wellness.

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 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.

Policy Analysis

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

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Leadership: Politics, Power and Applied Ethics

In this course students will examine the ethical dilemmas of leadership, the foundations and context of moral choice and the moral implications of decision making. In doing so, the purpose is to make visible 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 into the culture.

Ethics for Educational Leaders

Ethical theories and practice of school district leadership.

Sports Leadership and Ethics

Sports Leadership and Ethics is designed to prepare learners to evaluate business principles, theories and responsibilities in the field of sports management, with an increased understanding of acceptable practices, human capital, and professionalism. In addition, this course provides learners with an understanding societal reasonability, common moral and ethical values, and how they are applied to varying sports leadership scenarios.

Research for the EdD, Practitioner 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.

Qualitative Research

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

Quantitative Analysis

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.

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.

Qualitative Research

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

Quantitative Analysis

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.

Mixed Methods Research

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

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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.

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

 

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