Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

Degree Requirements (Total Credits 51)

ED 801 Talks: Exploring Leadership
ED 802 Research I
ED 803 Organizational Theory: Strategy and Change
ED 804 Research II
ED 805 Essence of Education: Past, Present and Future
ED 806 Dissertation in Practice IV: Data Analysis
ED 807 ED Talks: Exploring Leadership, Continuation
ED 808 Dissertation in Practice II: Literature Review
ED 809 Capstone: Dissertation in Practice I: Proposal
ED 811 Capstone: Dissertation in Practice III, Data Collection
ED 901 Capstone: Dissertation in Practice IV: Continuation: Data Analysis
ED 902 Dissertation in Practice V: Conclusion
ED 903 Dissertation in Practice V, Continuation: Conclusion
ED 830 Teaching and Learning
ED 827 Legal Issues in Education
ED 829 Co-Curricular Engagement
ED 835 Finance in Education

Note: These courses are not listed in the order of which they will be taken.

Course Descriptions

ED 801 Talks: Exploring Leadership

This course examines higher education leadership and ethical issues that colleges and universities face in the twenty-first century. Students explore theory in order to objectively assess current leadership practices, systems theory, culture, diversity and change processes as they relate to individuals and higher education institutions.

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ED 802 Research I

In this introductory course, students become consumers of educational research through reading, understanding and critically-thinking about educational issues. This course provides an introduction to qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research approaches. Students have the opportunity to identify and discuss a problem in higher education and then design a research proposal to address the issue.

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ED 803 Organizational Theory: Strategy and Change

In this course, students explore organizational theory as well as strategies leading to changes in higher education. Areas of focus include: organizational structure and management, group dynamics, strategic planning, current issues in leadership, executive board relations and understanding oneself as leader. Through problem-based learning, students engage in a semester-long consulting project where they conduct a comprehensive educational program evaluation, and propose innovative solutions.

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ED 804 Research II

This course provides an overview of research design and analysis in social and behavioral research. Emphasis is placed on understanding of social and educational research process in field settings, developing data-collection tools, producing high-quality quantitative and qualitative data and descriptive analysis. Course content and assignments build upon readings and themes addressed in ED 802.

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ED 805  Essence of Education: Past, Present and Future

In this course, students examine the history, accreditation, current issues, trends and future of higher education. By examining the consistently changing landscape of higher education, students explore issues such as access, retention, inclusion, engagement and success.

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ED 806 Dissertation in Practice IV: Data Analysis

This course precedes the writing of Chapter 3 in ED 902 and focuses on quantitative skills from applied statistical analysis. Emphasis is placed on inferential methods to acknowledge, understand, and apply the role of uncertainty in data analysis used for testing hypotheses formulated by the researcher.

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ED 807 ED Talks: Exploring Leadership, Continuation

This course is a continuation of ED 801. Students know and apply theory in order to objectively assess current leadership practices, systems theory, culture, diversity and change-processes as they relate to individuals and higher education institutions. Students leave this thought-provoking course knowing what leadership in higher education looks, feels and sounds like.

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ED 808 Dissertation in Practice II: Literature Review

This course is the development of Chapter 2 (Literature Review) of the DiP and focuses on the analysis of literature as the basis for research and how to make seminal contributions in the context of applied research.

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ED 809 Capstone: Dissertation in Practice I: Proposal

This course is the development of Chapter 1 (Proposal & Introduction) of the DiP. It is a student-centered, independent research proposal that requires comprehensive working-knowledge of all research courses to culminate in an integrative experience. In this first DiP course, students identify and discuss a problem in higher education leadership, conduct a literature review, and plan a research design. Students present their research proposal for their Capstone Project at the end of the course and, with committee approval, submit materials to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

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ED 811 Capstone: Dissertation in Practice III: Data Collection

In this course, students design a research-based Capstone Project in response to a problem in higher education.  Students work with committee members to determine how this project will be integrated into their final DiP.

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ED 827 Legal Issues in Education

In this course, students explore legal issues impacting post-secondary institutions. Topics include, but are not limited to: student legal issues, faculty governance, employment law, tort liability and copyright law. Students engage in a variety of problem-based learning activities, including case studies, and conclude addressing law and policy in higher education.

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ED 829 Co-Curricular Engagement:

This course focuses on the evolving learning-centered co-curricular experiences within higher education. Students research student development theories to utilize a problem-based learning approach that examines the theory and application of experiential learning to include: service learning, internationalization, and career development. Students explore student development theories inherent in co-curricular learning and develop a co-curricular project for possible application.

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ED 830 Teaching and Learning

This course prepares candidates to identify, develop and lead innovative strategies for teaching and learning in higher education. Areas of focus include the relationship among curriculum, instruction and assessment. Students learn to analyze key issues and problems that impact teaching and learning in higher education.

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ED 835 Finance in Education

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to effectively respond to the financial changes and trends in higher education institutions. Topics include: fiscal planning and management, enrollment management, alumni management, grant writing, and institutional advancement/comprehensive campaigning. Students analyze and evaluate issues from administrative, consumer and societal perspectives.

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ED 901 Capstone: Dissertation in Practice IV, Continuation: Data Analysis

This course is the development of Chapter 3 (Methodology) of the DiP and focuses on the methodology and implementation of the research design. Students also gather necessary data to answer the research question(s).

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ED 902 Dissertation in Practice V: Conclusion

This course is the development of Chapter 4 (Findings) of the DiP.  Students analyze, interpret, report and discuss the results of data analysis.

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ED 903 Dissertation in Practice V, Continuation: Conclusion

This course is the development of Chapter 5 (Recommendations & Conclusion) of the DiP. Students make recommendations for future research and educational practice based on their study findings and Capstone Project. A final version suitable for publication (following all APA formatting), accompanied by an oral presentation provides students the opportunity to defend their research and demonstrate integrated knowledge and cumulative growth throughout the program. A final portfolio is also required prior for completion of this degree.

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Regis College Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership: Curriculum