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Leadership for Higher Education Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Education

School of Education

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Residency Requirement(s):

Three ten-week courses with a four-day embedded residency experience (ED-R8925, ED-R8926, ED-R8927). See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.

 

 

Twenty-Two Required Courses

 

 

80 quarter credits

Core courses:

ED7540
Leadership in Higher Education

Learners in this course examine the leadership philosophies, theories, and decision-making structures associated with higher education administration. Learners explore the nature and function of leadership; leadership roles; and institutional history, vision, culture, politics, and organizational structure. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7841
The History of Higher Education

In this course, learners explore the evolution of colleges, universities, and other postsecondary institutions. Learners focus on the societal, cultural, and economic influences that have shaped the development of higher education curricula, culture, practices, and governance.

4 quarter credits
ED7860
Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners focus on becoming educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7864 *
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): ED7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7868 *
Qualitative Design and Analysis

Learners in this course assess the fundamental concepts needed to conduct qualitative research. Learners practice qualitative research techniques; appropriate applications of qualitative research; the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design, sampling, and analysis and their associated interdependencies; and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): ED7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8000
Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose

This is the introductory course for learners pursuing doctoral, education specialists, and post-master's certification within the School of Education. Learners in this course focus on critical thinking and scholarly writing—requisite skills for graduate study and professional practice. This course provides opportunities for learners to acquire and practice skills necessary to succeed in online learning. In keeping with Capella University's focus on the scholar-practitioner model, learners also critically examine and apply relevant educational theory to their practice. Finally, learners articulate and examine their professional purpose and how it aligns with their chosen degree program and professional career aspirations.  Must be taken during the learner's first quarter.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

ED-R8925
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to initiate the development of a dissertation research plan. Throughout the course, learners focus on identifying a theory, topic, and research problem appropriate for their specialization. Track 1 learners must also complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 1 (Research Ethics Education). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 1 learning outcomes. For 92-credit PhD in Education learners only. Learners in the 120-credit PhD in Education program should register for ED-R8930 instead. Should be taken concurrently with ED7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
ED-R8926 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to develop a research question and to select an appropriate dissertation topic. In Track 2, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 2 (Topic Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 2 learning outcomes. For 92-credit PhD in Education learners only. Learners in the 120-credit PhD in Education program should register for ED-R8931 instead. Prerequisite(s): ED-R8925. Should be taken concurrently with ED7868. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
ED-R8927 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Seminar Track 3 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to detail a methodological design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. In Track 3, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 5 (Research Plan Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 3 learning outcomes. Learners must complete Track 3 prior to beginning the comprehensive examination phase of the program. For 92-credit PhD in Education learners only. Learners in the 120-credit PhD in Education program should register for ED-R8932 instead. Prerequisite(s): ED-R8926. Should be taken concurrently with ED7864. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

ED7546
Human Resources in Higher Education

Learners in this course focus on human resource management in colleges, universities, and other postsecondary institutions. Learners also identify and assess potential litigation scenarios, gain experience resolving case studies, and participate in a mock arbitration. Finally, learners investigate compensation, selection, training, development, collective bargaining, retention, tenure, and termination. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7547
Assessment in Higher Education

This course provides an examination of assessment from the perspective of leaders in higher education as institutions strive to achieve institutional effectiveness and meet accreditation requirements. Learners study the rationale for assessment, the processes for establishing a culture of assessment, and strategies for utilizing assessment results for program, department, or institutional improvement. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7818
The Future of Teaching and Learning: Issues for the Educational Leader

In this course, learners explore and analyze the issues shaping teaching and learning. Learners use futuring methods to examine the ways history, technology, trends, and change affect the future of teaching and learning. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7834
Higher Education and the Law

In this course, learners evaluate constitutional, statutory, and case law as related to higher education. Learners review federal and state legislation and their implications for both public and private higher education institutions. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7840
The Politics of Higher Education

This course focuses on the changing perceptions of the role of higher education in the United States. Learners examine the politics of competition for resources, the expectations of consumers and providers, and the role of state and local government in higher education institutions. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7845
Technology for Higher Education Leaders

In this course, learners investigate the use of technology to support higher education. Learners gain a firm understanding of the use of technology within their institutions for both teaching and learning as well as running the business of education. Learners critically analyze how higher education leaders choose to use technology to enhance learning and to manage their institution more effectively.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7855
Higher Education Administration

Learners in this course analyze the theories, policies, and procedures involved in administering higher education institutions. Learners distinguish between leadership and management and examine the knowledge and skills needed to address higher education administrative challenges. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8447
Advanced Funding and Managing Education Enterprises

In this course, learners explore and analyze the financing and fundraising plans of higher education enterprises. Learners explore current political and finance issues associated with higher education institution funding and management with an emphasis on endowments, public and private funding models, and intellectual property rights. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework: 

EDCN9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes. Learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using pointscale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. For 92-credit PhD in Education learners only. Learners in the 120-credit PhD in Education program should register for ED9919 instead. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion of practicum courses, if applicable. Completion of external exam requirements, if applicable. Fulfillment of all residency requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Learners must register for EDCN9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

EDCN9960 *
Dissertation Courseroom

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones. For 92-credit PhD in Education learners only. Learners in the 120-credit PhD in Education program should register for ED9960 instead. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): EDCN9919. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits each

 

 

Three Elective Courses

 

 

12 quarter credits

Recommended elective course: 

ED8123 *
Statistics for Educational Research 2

Learners in this course apply statistical analyses appropriate to different research contexts using SPSS, a statistical software package. Learners examine statistical concepts, including analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), correlation, regression, chi square, factor analysis, and post hoc and demonstrate different hypothesis testing techniques. Prerequisite(s): ED7864.

4 quarter credits

 

OR

Choose any graduate course(s).

 

 

Total

 

 

92 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

This specialization does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella.edu). Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies (ED-R8925, ED-R8926, ED-R8927).

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Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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