The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, offered by the College of Education, is the school’s highest professional degree. It is designed to prepare scholarly practitioners and to help formal and informal educational leaders develop their capacity to provide leadership that makes a positive and significant difference in the professional fields and diverse communities they serve. Emphasis is on the development of excellent professional performance as leaders in education in: public and private schools; community and four-year colleges and universities; community, state, and federal educational agencies; and nonschool settings, where appropriate.
Four specializations are available to students: administration (PreK-12 ); curriculum and instruction; postsecondary education; and special education. Each student is admitted to one of the four specializations.
The program is a post-master’s degree program. Students must have earned a master’s degree or the equivalent prior to enrollment in the program. A minimum of 72 credits must be completed at Portland State University after admission to the doctoral program, to include the leadership core, specialization, and dissertation. Courses numbered 800 or above are not allowed. Continuous enrollment is required. Foreign language competency is not required for the Ed.D. degree.
|Ed 620||Doctoral Studies Proseminar||
|Ed 630||Principles and Practices of Learning||
|Ed 640||Organizational and Leadership Theory and Research in Education||
|Ed 650||Educational Policy and Politics||
|Ed 660||Foundations of Research Paradigms and Methods||
|Ed 661||Qualitative Research Methods in Education||
|Ed 662||Quantitative Research Methods in Education||
Specialization (27 credits minimum)
Students will complete a minimum of 27 hours of coursework in the following specializations:
- Administration (P-12)
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Postsecondary Education
- Special and Counselor Education
The comprehensive examination covers the leadership core and is taken when the student has completed the first year of the leadership core (ED 620, ED 630, ED 640, and ED 650). The comprehensive examination is designed to assess a student’s ability to analyze, synthesize, and apply frameworks from the leadership core to an educational topic of significance. Students write an academic paper for the examination. The paper is evaluated by a faculty committee. Specializations may require that the student present and defend the paper to a faculty committee in a public meeting.
The doctoral dissertation represents original and independent inquiry that is a contribution to knowledge or is of value for educational practice. Students may elect to employ one of several different approved inquiry strategies, including—but not limited to—traditional research designs and methods, ethnographic and descriptive case studies, policy analyses, product development and field testing, and program evaluation. A minimum of 18 credits is directed toward the dissertation project.
As is required for all doctoral degrees at PSU, candidates for the Ed.D. degree fulfill the residency requirement after admission to the doctoral program. Residency can be satisfied in one of the two following ways:
- Three terms of full-time enrollment (minimum 9 graduate credits applicable to the degree program each term) during the first two years after admission to the program in coursework, the study of practice (i.e., field-based work), credits by arrangement, and/or dissertation credits. This may include summer term.
- Six terms of part-time enrollment (minimum 1 graduate credit applicable to the degree program each term) during the first two years after admission to the program in coursework, the study of practice (i.e., field-based work), credits by arrangement, and/or dissertation credits. This may include one or more summer term.