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 Graduate College

Educational Leadership (EdD)

Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education
508 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0604

Head: Dr. Victoria Robinson
Phone: (319) 273-3070

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Charles McNulty
Phone: (319) 273-2605

Read the UNI Catalog description:

This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree, including a minimum of 45 hours of course work at the 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level. Some intensive study areas may require more hours of 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level course work.

There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of four areas of intensive study and a related area; and a Dissertation of 7 semester hours.

The Educational Leadership area of intensive study involves the preparation of personnel for leadership roles in PK-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, and non-school educational settings. (For more information, contact the Head, Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education.)

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at For requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Education degree refer to appropriate sections of this University Catalog or visit

I. Professional Common Core (15 hours)
Education Foundations
INTDEPED 7301 (190:301)Context of Contemporary Education3
Indepartmental, Education:9
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
Measurement and Research:
Select one of the following:3
Educational Program Evaluation
Descriptive Educational Research
Advanced Experimental Research in Education
Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
II. Advanced Professional Studies (38 hours)
Requirements for the Educational Leadership Intensive area
Educational Leadership:3
Educational Leadership and Systems Change
Educational Leadership and Systems Change
Seminar in Postsecondary Education
Seminar in Educational Leadership
Practicum: Postsecondary Education
Practicum in Educational Leadership
Internship in Postsecondary Education
Internship in Educational Leadership
Electives as follows29
Choose from the following courses (but not limited to these courses) At least 6 hours must be in an area outside of the elected area of intensive study. Courses used for an Advanced Studies Certificate cannot be used as courses outside the area of intensive study.
Orientation to ISSL and Educational Leadership
Organizational Studies
School Governance, Law and Intersystems Relations
Leadership for Effective Schools
School Management for Student Learning
Leading Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum
Leading School Growth and Improvement
Evaluator Approval for Improved Student Learning
Readings in Educational Leadership *
Seminar in Educational Leadership *
Practicum in Principalship
Capstone ISSL
Human Resource Administration
Educational Leadership and Systems Change
Leading Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Evaluation of Administrators
Power, Politics, and Ethics in School District Leadership
Organization, Governance, and Administration of Public Education
Funding the Educational Program for Improved Student Achievement
School Business Management
Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector
Readings in Educational Leadership
Seminar in Educational Leadership *
Internship in Educational Leadership
Practicum in Educational Leadership
III. Dissertation (7 hours)
This is the program component in which the student demonstrates proficiency in the integration of theory and practice (i.e., it involves the application of existing knowledge and/or results of individual research to an educational problem or situation).
Doctoral Seminar:1
Doctoral Seminar
Dissertation Research:6
Dissertation Research
Total Hours60

1-3 hrs.; may be repeated with department approval.