Curriculum and Specializations
The Doctor of Education in P-20 and Community Leadership is a 60-hour degree designed to foster innovation and creative leadership experiences for educational and community leaders through advanced degree coursework and valuable field work.
The specialization in STEM Leadership is designed for individuals with a Master’s degree in a STEM field who have leadership experience in a P-20 setting. There are nine (9) hours of predetermined specialization courses and nine (9) hours selected from approved STEM electives in areas including Applied Engineering and Technology Management, Biology, Chemical Manufacturing Management, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Telecommunications Systems Management, and Watershed Science. These courses are taught through an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
The specialization in pK-12 Leadership is designed for pK-12 educators with significant leadership experience at the state, district and/or school level. This specialization may also be applicable for individuals serving the pK-12 population in community agencies, governmental agencies or private/consulting organizations. There are nine (9) hours of predetermined specialization courses and nine (9) hours selected from approved electives.
The specialization in Postsecondary Leadership is designed for individuals serving in leadership roles in postsecondary institutions including community colleges, four-year public, and four-year private colleges and universities. This specialization may also be applicable for individuals serving institutions of higher education through community agencies, governmental agencies or private/consulting organizations. There are nine (9) hours of predetermined specialization courses and nine (9) hours selected from approved electives.
Agriculture Education Specialization
The specialization in Agriculture Education prepares graduates to work with people involved in a vast array of agricultural fields. The curriculum emphasizes the development of leadership capabilities, communication skills, and research competence. The concentration is multidisciplinary and is designed to develop students for leadership positions in local, state, regional, and national organizations and agencies involved in the agriculture industry. There are fifteen (15) hours of predetermined specialization courses and three (3) hours selected from approved electives. This specialization is offered through an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Hutson School of Agriculture.
Ed.S. to Ed.D. Bridge Program
The Ed.S. to Ed.D. bridge program is designed for individuals who hold an Ed.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution and who are interested in pursuing a terminal degree. Up to 30 credit hours can be transferred into the Ed.D. program based on a review of the Ed.S. transcript by program faculty. Up to 18 credit hours can be applied toward the specialization area, up to six hours can be applied toward the Clinical Experience courses, and up to six hours can be applied toward research courses (Quantitative and Qualitative). If there are courses from the Ed.S. that do not directly transfer, additional institutional credit could be awarded via Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). If the full 30 hours of credit is transferred, students can complete the Ed.D. in two years.