Core Coursework


The required courses for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership are listed below. Up to 30 hours of doctoral courses may be waived if you have earned an Ed.S. Please contact the Program Associate (Audrey Jones; for details regarding waived courses. Course descriptions may be found in the Graduate Bulletin at

All coursework, including electives, must be complete prior to registration for EDL 7999: Dissertation Research. Students are not permitted to be in elective coursework while they are registered for EDL 7999: Dissertation Research. If a student has not completed all coursework prior to Proposal/Prospectus defense, then they will have to finish coursework before they are permitted to register for EDL 7999: Dissertation Research. 

Core Courses (33 Credit Hours)

Foundational and Professional Coursework (21 Credit Hours)

  • EDL 7011: MultiDisciplinary Seminar on Emerging Issues I (3 CH)
  • EDL 7012: MultiDisciplinary Seminar on Emerging Issues II (3 CH)
  • EDL 7020: Organizational and Systems Theory (3 CH)
  • EDL 7025: Leadership in Organizations (3 CH)
  • EDL 7035: Curriculum History, Theory, and Practice (3 CH)
  • EDL 7040: Educational Organizations and Technology (3 CH)
  • EDL 7065: Writing for the Professional Educator (3 CH)

Research Coursework (12 Credit Hours)

  • EDL 7160: Qualitative Research Methods (3 CH)
  • EDL 7165: Applied Quantitative Approaches in Education I (3 CH)

In addition to EDL 7160 and EDL 7165, students will select two of the courses below:

  • EDL 7175: Applied Quantitative Approaches in Education II (3 CH)
  • EDL 7530-7549: Special Topics in Doctoral Research (3 CH)
  • EDL 7180: Advanced Qualitative Research in Education (3 CH)

Electives (15-18 Credit Hours)

Total elective credit hours are dependent on internship hours completed. Please click the link of the concentration you are interested in.

For more information regarding coursework (electives, GRD 7989, the internship, independent study, and dissertation research) please refer to our electronic Doctoral Student Handbook.