Course Descriptions — Doctor of Education

 

EDU7010/8010 Introduction to Educational Research
4 semester hours
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the major research paradigms of educational research: quantitative and qualitative. At the same time, the course will provide the skills and knowledge necessary to read critically educational research literature. Students will examine current research practices in education, analyze research findings related to current educational issues, and analyze and evaluate the implications of those findings.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7100/8100 Quantitative Educational Research
4 semester hours
This course examines educational quantitative research design and data analysis. The course stresses the connections between research design, data analysis, and the use of computer software for statistical analysis and reporting. Topics include the use of statistical software, the relationship between research design and the appropriate selection and use of simple and complex descriptive and inferential statistics.
Prerequisite: EDU7010/8010.

EDU7110/8110 School Reform/School Renewal: Seminar
3 semester hours
After examining specific reform/renewal movements in American education history and learning about the factors that effect and affect the success of reform/ renewal, this course will turn its attention to current school reform/renewal issues, policy and initiatives and analyze them from historical, philosophical, political, economic, and social perspectives. This course is considered foundational to both strands of the EdD Program in that it provides students with necessary background perspectives to understand and discuss current trends, issues, research, policies, principles and practices of education in America.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7120 Policy Analysis/Research in Education
4 semester hours
This course will focus on the elements of public policy analysis/research. It will examine the purposes, conceptual frameworks, methodologies, design, and strategies which comprise policy analyses/research, particularly the relationship between policy evaluation/analysis and decision-making in education. Students will be introduced to the analytical tools necessary for policy analysis/research and will learn to view policy and policy-making from different perspectives: as rational problem-solving, organizational habit, and political settlement; as the effort to symbolize key values; as expression or temporary resolution of moral dilemmas. The course will address current problems and issues in community relations as they affect administrative practices in the areas of policy analysis and research. This course will consider internal relationships, such as those among various components of the school district and between the board of education and the district office.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7135/8135 Dynamics of Organizational Theory and Change
4 semester hours
This course acquaints each student with theories and strategies of organizations that impact the administration and organizational development of schools. Additionally, students will examine the conceptual and operational steps organizations must take to change successfully. This course will analyze critically traditional and alternative assumptions about organizations, how they function, and why people in organizations behave as they do. Additionally, this course will examine inclusive models for community and district development and building positive relationships to support education.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7140 Seminar in Advanced Education Law
3 semester hours
This course will analyze the impact of state and federal laws on schooling and educational practice, and on the interactions among participants in education such as teachers, students, parents, and administrators. It will also provide educators with the conceptual and practical skills to handle the legal function of educational administration and to become proactive advocates regarding educational policy and law.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7150 Advanced Human Resources Administration
3 semester hours
This course will examine various theories, practice, and research in human resources administration. Through fictionalized and local case studies and relevant literature, students will learn about patterns and practices in educational personnel management, and issues and trends in human resources administration.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7170 Administration of Educational Facilities
2 semester hours
Through case studies, field experiences and the literature, this course will explore the problems, issues, research and trends in the design, maintenance and utilization of educational facilities.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7190/8190 Qualitative Research in Education
4 semester hours
Building upon Introduction to Educational Research, the first part of this course will examine research design and data collection for a number of types of qualitative research: lived experience, narrative inquiry, life history/oral history, ethnography, case study, documentary research, ethnography, micro-ethnography, grounded theory, descriptive/interpretive, critical theory/feminist. Issues such as ethics, validity and reliability, and the role of the practitioner-researcher will be addressed. The second part of this course will address data analysis and representation examining types of data analysis and management and critical issues in qualitative research.
Prerequisite: EDU7010/8010.

EDU7200/8200 Advanced Quantitative Research
3 semester hours
This course builds upon Introduction to Educational Research and Quantitative Research in Education I. This course will examine advanced topics in quantitative research design and data collection, and various data analysis techniques. The use of IBM SPSS in data analysis will be stressed. The quantitative research concerns of individual students will also be addressed.
Prerequisite: EDU7100/8100.

EDU7210/8210 Advanced Qualitative Research
3 semester hours
Building upon Introduction to Educational Research and Qualitative Research in Education I, this course will emphasize data analysis, its assumptions, variations, and processes. The course will also examine various ways of presenting and communicating the findings of qualitative research, and students will read and analyze examples of qualitative research. Issues such as ethics, validity and reliability will continue to be addressed.
Prerequisite: EDU7190/8190.

EDU7220 Economics of Education
4 semester hours
This course will focus on the relationship between economics and the provision of educational services. Current topics in educational economics such as returns to investment in education, school choice, teacher compensation, accountability, and privatization of education will be examined. Students will learn how to analyze issues from an economic perspective. As well, the course will examine current problems in school finance, including costs, ability to support schools, and financial implications of educational principles. Problems of federal, state, and local school support will be examined.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7225 Curriculum for Administrators
3 semester hours
This course provides administrators with an overview of how to provide curriculum leadership, including designing, aligning, implementing, and evaluating curriculum. It examines the curriculum development cycle from concept, through writing and piloting, to formative evaluation, revision, and implementation. Students will focus on aligning a curriculum with other curricula and with state standards. They will also discuss providing leadership around professional development. Students will complete a practical project that involves evaluating a district-wide curriculum.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7240 Administration of Technology and Technology for Administrators
2 semester hours
As the title suggests, this course will have two foci. The course will concentrate on issues surrounding technology in the schools and on the administrative functions that technology requires. It will also concentrate on the functions that technology can play in efficient management and management of information. The course will include lab experiences.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7260 The Modern Superintendency
3 semester hours
Candidates will take this course toward the end of their academic program. As such, The Modern Superintendency will provide a practical, capstone experience, during which candidates will analyze, synthesize, and apply their knowledge from previous courses. The course will take a very broad perspective in examining the job of superintendents in today’s schools. Students will examine: 1. the leadership characteristics of modern superintendents, 2. the role of the superintendent in 21st Century schools, and 3. the many challenges facing superintendents in today’s educational environment.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7270 Assessment for Administrators
3 semester hours
This course will explore assessment issues faced by administrators, especially issues around high-stakes standardized tests. Candidates will address essential concepts around interpreting and using assessments, including ethical behavior, reliability, validity, and interpreting norm-referenced scores. In light of the purposes of assessment, they will examine and critically analyze specific testing/assessment programs and consider the elements of an ideal district assessment program.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7830/8830 Directed Study
3 semester hours

EDU7750 Educational Leadership Internship
3 semester hours
The Internship in Educational Leadership provides continued practical experience in the student’s major field, under close supervision and direction of local school district personnel and doctoral faculty members. The internship is defined as the process and product that result from the application in a workplace environment of the strategic, instructional, organizational, and contextual leadership program standards associated with the EdD program at Aurora University. The outcome should be a powerful synthesis of knowledge and skills useful to practicing school leaders. Each internship is unique to the needs of that particular doctoral candidate and comes at, or near, the end of the formal program of studies. It is understood that effort expending during the internship must be comparable to formal coursework. This effort translates into approximately 60-65 clock hours devoted to the internship for 3 semester hours of credit.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU7800/8800 Dissertation
12 semester hours
In this course, divided over two or more semesters, the candidates work one-on-one with members of their dissertation committee, writing and defending the proposal, submitting the proposal to the Institutional Review Board, collecting and analyzing data, writing the dissertation, and preparing for the dissertation defense.

EDU7980/8980 Independent Study
3 semester hours

EDU8080 Principles and Practice of Instructional Materials & Curriculum Design
3 semester hours
This course will examine principles and research in the design and development of instructional materials and curriculum. The development cycle of conceptualization, writing, formative evaluation and revision of instructional materials, including textbooks, is examined. The realities of publishing and marketing instructional materials are explored as are procedures for evaluating and selecting instructional materials. A contemporary curriculum project and research related to that project are examined for its assumptions, development process, content and effectiveness. Candidates will design instructional materials, employing best practice in the design.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU8130 Foundations for Curriculum Studies
4 semester hours
The course will examine epistemologies influencing the field of curriculum and curriculum development. It will also explore the history of the curriculum field. Primary and secondary source readings will be used, as well as analyses of curriculum.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU8150 Learning in the Digital Age  
3 semester hours
This course will examine the theoretical foundations and research into various techniques of learning technologies: computer-based and internet-based technologies, virtual classrooms and schools, Web 2.0, digital libraries, videoconferencing, virtual reality, networks, discussion forums, interactive whiteboards, online courses, MOOCs, etc. As well, the course will include discussions and readings about access, globalization, adult technophobia, ethics, equity, privacy, and the impact of the technologies on society in general, adult learning, and education in particular. Students will be exposed to applications for various curriculum subjects and will analyze technology standards for students, teachers and administrators (ISTE). In lab sessions, students will examine specific technologies and design learning experiences that integrate technology.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU8160 Clinical Supervision and Teacher Development 
3 semester hours
This is an advanced course in supervision that focuses on the theory and practice  of supervision and teacher development. The focus will be on supervision as an instructional process, the aim of which is to improve instruction. Both pre-service and in-service supervision will be discussed.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU8170 Curriculum for Race, Gender,Culture, and Ethnicity      
3 semester hours
This course will examine educational responses to diversity and inequality of educational opportunity. Students will focus on programs, policies and curricula aimed at ameliorating problems faced by disenfranchised groups in contemporary P-12 schools as well as adult learning institutions. Issues such as race, gender, class, exceptionalities, culture etc. will be addressed.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU 8180 Leadership and Implementation of Curriculum and/or Programs
4 semester hours
This course will evaluate traditional approaches to leadership as well as contemporary theories and styles of leadership. Candidates will examine principles underpinning leadership such as their own values, personal philosophy and beliefs. Candidates will apply leadership content to the role of Curriculum Director in a school district or administrator in an adult learning institution. They will critically analyze selected curricula and curricular trends from a number of perspectives, develop a curriculum in an area of interest and reflect on how to implement the curriculum effectively.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU8220 Teaching: Current Research and Theory 
3 semester hours
This course will explore the research literature on classroom teaching and the contrasting conceptual and methodological approaches upon which the research is based. The course is designed to help students become knowledgeable about the major areas in the field, develop a critical perspective on contrasting paradigms and raise questions about the implications of research on teaching for curriculum, instruction, evaluation and professional development.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU8225 Philosophies of Adult Learning  
3 semester hours
The course begins by defining common characteristics of adult learners. Readings include the research literature on learner-centered instruction. The course emphasizes theories of self-regulated learning and motivation, focusing particularly on: constructivism, social cognition, efficacy, attribution, and self-determination.  The course accentuates adult-oriented constructivist methods of teaching and learning, including problem-based learning.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU 8250 Principles and Practices of Assessment and Program Evaluation  
4 semester hours
This course explores issues and practices of the evaluation and assessment of learning and educational outcomes, including student learning, curriculum effects, program evaluation, teacher competency, impact of large-scale assessment programs, assessment and distance education, adult competency-based assessments, comprehensive exams, and the impact of higher education admission policies and ethics. Students examine and analyze critically specific testing/assessment/higher education admission policies and read, analyze and evaluate selected curriculum and program evaluations and design a program or curriculum evaluation. Although the course does not have a statistical measurement focus, it will require students to read and understand assessment results.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU8500 Contemporary Issues of Adult Learners    
3 semester hours
This course examines various contemporary issues in adult education: social justice, diversity and marginalization; human resource development; lifelong learning, globalization; the role of mass media and popular culture; technology; and health, welfare and the environment. Emphasis is on the identification definition, and study of adult learning issues and how education leaders address them. Legal and ethical issues are also considered. Participants critically analyze forces shaping adult learning and higher education to create research questions.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU8510 Foundations in Adult Learning and Education: History, Sociology, Politics, and Economics          
4 semester hours
This survey course brings various disciplinary perspectives – such as history, philosophy, political science and sociology – to bear on the analysis of educational theories and practices in adult learning and education. Participants analyze the contributions of major scholars and leaders in the field of adult development and learning's influence on current perspectives. Additionally, participants predict the probable impact of the various disciplines on the future of adult learning and education.
Prerequisite:Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU8515 Learning How to Learn: Applied Theory for Adult Learners     
3 semester hours
This course applies the theoretical understandings of adult learning and the skills that enable adults to learn effectively in classrooms, small groups and individually. Participants analyze and apply effective policies, methods, techniques and strategies for the instruction of adults.
Prerequisite:Acceptance into the EdD program.

EDU8520 Issues in Higher Education Administration: Seminar         
3 semester hours
This course examines administrative strategies and characteristics of adaptive and sustainable higher education organizations. Participants consider higher education administrators' response to external forces (governmental agents, the public, the global community) and internal (faculty, staff, students and administrator) issues. Participants investigate shared governance, autonomy and accountability, economics, policy and politics, ethical and sociological issues, management, personnel development, program planning and evaluation.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the EdD program.

MBA Courses Applicable to the EdD Program

MBA6075 Operations Management
3 semester hours
Operations Management analyzes the role of evidence based decision-making in manufacturing and service organizations. Topics include production planning, master scheduling, inventory control, material requirements planning, personnel planning, quality control, and just-in-time systems. The course will focus on the concepts and methods necessary to direct and control the "transformation process" of resources into goods and services - within an integrated framework/model of the firm.

MBA6620 Leading Strategically
3 semester hours
This leadership concentration course addresses how leaders can effectively utilize creative strategies. Students will explore innovative strategies for overcoming barriers to the ethical resolution of conflict and crisis. Students will also discuss moral ethical and legal issues that affect the ability to lead an organization. The subsections are (1) conflict resolution (2) crisis strategies and (3) moral, ethical and legal leadership (4) leading strategic changes.

MBA6630 Leading Teams
3 semester hours
In today’s global marketplace the organizations that thrive are the ones that anticipate change and create new adaptations to their business model. Creativity is the key to finding new opportunities and establishing a competitive advantage through collaborative teams and the use of organizational alliances and strategic partnerships. The three subsections are (1) creating competitive advantage through teamwork (2) global alliances & partners and (3) emerging topics.