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Educational Leadership and Policy, Ed.D.

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Kristal Moore Clemons, Ph.D.
Kristal.Clemons@fsu.edu
(850) 644-8176

Linda Lyons
ljlyons@fsu.edu
850-644-7077

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Educational Leadership and Policy web site.

The online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy is Florida State University's first online doctoral program. This program prepares education leaders and scholarly practitioners to be knowledgeable about organizational systems, actively engaged in research to improve policy and practice, and attuned to issues of equity. The program is developed for working professionals who have a Master's degree and relevant professional experience. Working with premier faculty, students will develop the professional and analytical skills to address the most pressing problems in education. Graduates assume roles as senior-level educational leaders, policymakers, and policy researchers both domestically and internationally.

Accreditation

Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

The program starts in summer with three courses including a face-to-face seminar. The face-to-face seminar occurs for three consecutive summer sessions. Cohorts enroll in online courses that build sequentially in subsequent semesters.

Time to Completion

3 Years

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • EDA6061 Educational Administration and Organizational Practice (3)
    This course provides an introduction to educational administration and organizational practice for graduate students interested in education and policy. The course is composed of a social-systems model of which critical elements such as structure, motivation, culture and politics are covered. Opportunities and constraints for schools are explored along with key administrative processes and contemporary research on the effectiveness of schools.
  • EDA6105 Laboratory of Practice I (3)
    In this course, students return to the "problem of practice" they identified in Professional Learning for Educational Practitioners I, explore their intuitive theories of action on the topic, identify a preliminary research question for their dissertation, and enter their research site to explore the viability of their topic. In addition, students learn about the Instructional Review Board, identify a local mentor, and learn about the different types of dissertations. Finally, they reflect on what is entailed in being a researcher and leader in their research context.
  • EDA6108 Laboratory of Practice II
    This course facilitates students' ability to engender original thinking and research on important educational issues as they relate to issues of human rights and social justice in local and global contexts.
  • EDA6425 Literature Review for Educational Research (3)
    This course is designed to guide advanced doctoral students through the research process, including identifying and developing a research interest, refining research questions, and writing a review of the literature.
  • EDF5464 Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (3)
    This course develops students' skills in collecting qualitative data for program evaluation. The political context of evaluation and the strategies for ensuring the production of quality work are emphasized. The goals of the course are to provide students with 1) an understanding of theoretical frameworks guiding qualitative research and evaluation, and 2) hands-on experience in the collection and analysis of qualitative data.
  • EDF5743 Foundations of Education (3)
    This course provides an overview of the social, cultural, philosophical, political, historical, and economic foundations of education. It examines the relationship between schools and the society in which they exist. Students examine the influences of culture, history, and economy on educational beliefs, policies, and practices.
  • EDF6480 Applied Quantitative Methods for Educational Practitioners (3)
    This course focuses on applied statistics in the social sciences and how to use these tools to construct research reports specific to education. The goal of the course is for students to be more comfortable working with applied statistics and begin to apply the skills acquired to their own research.
  • EDF6485 Professional Learning for Educational Practitioners I (3)
    This course develops student's identities as scholarly practitioners through identifying individual research interests and preparing participants for continued studying applied education research.
  • EDF6486 Applied Research Methods in Educational Leadership and Policy (3)
    This course introduces students to the role that educational and empirical research, in particular, can play in solving educational problems.
  • EDF6493 Professional Learning for Educational Practitioners II (3)
    This course introduces students the critical components of practice-based research in the formats of program evaluation, action research, and policy analysis.
  • EDF6576 Policy to Practice: District, School, and Classroom Policy Implementation (3)
    This course focuses on the implementation of educational policy at the district, school, and classroom levels. The course covers the central theories that have been used to understand the goals and mechanisms of different state and federal policy efforts aimed at improving schools and schooling; reviews research on how districts, schools, and teachers in classrooms respond to state and federal policies; and also covers three different "cases" representing dominant trends in educational policy, providing a multi-level perspective on how state and federal policies shape district, school, and classroom practices.
  • EDF6xxx Laboratory of Practice Form II
  • EDF6xxx Professional Learning for Educational Practitioners III
  • EDF6xxx Online Professional Learning for Educational Practitioners IV

Total Credit Hours

69

Prerequisites

A bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA - An earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree.

A graduate degree with at least a 3.5 GPA - Applicants for Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs, or the EDA Modified and Specialist programs, must have an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA).

GRE test scores - Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.

Target Scores:
Verbal - 149
Quantitative - 147
Analytical Writing - 3.5

Language proficiency test scores - International applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not studied in an English-speaking country for at least an academic year, must submit language proficiency test scores.

Target Scores:
TOEFL (paper-based) - 550
TOEFL (internet-based) - 80
IELTS - 6.5
MELAB - 77

FSU Institution Code: 5219

Application Procedures

Note: Our next Ed.D. cohort will begin Summer 2018.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • An official transcript from each college or university attended. Transfer credit posted on the record of another institution is not accepted in lieu of submitting the official transcript from the original institution. FSU transcripts or official transcripts already on file will be obtained by the Office of Admissions. Transcripts are considered official when they bear an official seal and signature and are sent from the issuing college or university directly to FSU. Transcripts bearing the statement "Issued to Student," notarized transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official. Original documents or signed, officially certified photocopies of original documents may be submitted by the student only when institutions outside the United States will not send academic records to other institutions. The verifying signature should be that of an officer of the institution attended. All academic records that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Certified documents should be true copies that are signed and dated by an educational official familiar with academic records. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted.

The admission committee will review your GRE scores, academic transcripts, letters of reference, personal statement and the problem of practice research statement. The problem of practice research statement should provide insight on how well you can execute a research project within a three-year period. The problem of practice research statement must be crafted in a way that outlines a tentative research question (a problem of practice), relevant literature about the topic and a brief plan of action on how you as a scholar practitioner will work to examine and propose a possible solution to the problem of practice you outline in your statement.

For more information on how to apply, including application deadlines and additional materials that may be required, please visit, http://education.fsu.edu/degrees-and-programs/online-programs.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • EDA6425 Literature Review for Educational Research (3)
    This course is designed to guide advanced doctoral students through the research process, including identifying and developing a research interest, refining research questions, and writing a review of the literature.
  • EDF5462 Evaluation of New Educational Programs and Practices (3)
    This course is an advanced level seminar on the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of program evaluation. Students begin with an overview and understanding of evaluation theoretical roots and the philosophical premises shaping evaluation theory. This leads to further understandings about the application of different research designs to the practice of evaluation, as presented in evaluation cases.
  • EDF6576 Policy to Practice: District, School, and Classroom Policy Implementation (3)
    This course focuses on the implementation of educational policy at the district, school, and classroom levels. The course covers the central theories that have been used to understand the goals and mechanisms of different state and federal policy efforts aimed at improving schools and schooling; reviews research on how districts, schools, and teachers in classrooms respond to state and federal policies; and also covers three different "cases" representing dominant trends in educational policy, providing a multi-level perspective on how state and federal policies shape district, school, and classroom practices.

Summer 2017 Course Offerings

  • EDF5641 Introduction to Policy Studies in Education (3)
    This course provides an introduction to the concept and practice of policy in the field of education with special focus on the use of social knowledge in policy formation. It highlights policy as a multidisciplinary field of study.
  • EDF6493 Professional Learning for Educational Practitioners II (3)
    This course introduces students the critical components of practice-based research in the formats of program evaluation, action research, and policy analysis.


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