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EdD Concentration - Leadership, Policy Studies, and Social Justice

Ed.D. Concentration in Leadership, Policy Studies, and Social Justice

P-12 and Postsecondary Leaders are charged to direct broad educational programs that increase excellence and equity as measured by outcomes. Educational entities and organizations need professionals who use current knowledge and possess strong leadership skills to design and administer programs that can improve teaching and learning. Moreover, they need leaders who know about and respond to the specific challenges and strengths of the communities they serve. The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in this concentration at Eastern Kentucky University will play a significant role in developing such leaders. Participation in this doctoral program will lead to enhanced practical capacity with regard to human learning, educational institutions, and the interaction of the larger society with educational, financial, and governmental processes. Likewise, participation will allow for the acquisition of skills to conduct and successfully apply research. Course work will be built on a knowledge base that reflects current research, theory, and practice. Doctoral faculty will serve as mentors.


Core Doctoral Study Research Courses

  • EDD 901: Orientation to Doctoral Studies
  • EDD 902: Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
  • EDD 903: Qualitative Research
  • EDD 904: Applied Research: Program Evaluation, Surveys, and Grant Writing
  • EDD 906: Dissertation Practicum
  • EDD 907: Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods
  • EDD 908: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

Leadership & Policy Studies Concentration

  • EDL 940: Social and Political Dimensions of Leadership
  • EDL 941: Critical Pedagogy: Examining Diversity, Race, and Cultural Equity
  • EDL 942: Leadership Theory and Practice
  • EDL 943: Capacity Building, Organizational Improvement, and Innovation
  • EDL 944: Public Policy & Politics
  • EDL 945: Ed.D. Field Experience


  • EDL 925: Organizational Behavior & Justice
  • EDL 950: Educating and Supporting Diverse Student Populations
  • EDL 951: Higher Education Administration and Leadership
  • EDL 954: Foundations & Current Issues in Educational Leadership
  • EDL 955: Field Experience Elective
  • EDL 956: Analysis of Research Literature


  • EDD 999: Dissertation (Dissertation Forms)
  • GRD 877p: Prospectus Defense/Hearing
  • GRD 878z: Doctoral Defense


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