Ed.D. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in Higher Education, accelerated option) HE9

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the HE9 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1]
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1]

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 90 credits. The detailed Ed.D. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in Higher Education, accelerated option) HE9 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for Ed.D. in Educational Administration (w/spec. in Higher Education, accelerated option) HE9

Entry Level Courses   

Enter up to 36 credits in entry level/advanced coursework in education or related fields to be transferred in or completed prior to matriculating into the degree program. If there are not 36 credits of eligible transfer courses, or required doctoral courses were taken as part of a Warner master's degree, the student must take additional electives to reach the 90 credits total for the doctoral degree.

Research Methods Courses   
ED506 Concepts and Issues in Social Science Research
ED504 Quantitative Research Methods
ED507 Qualitative Research Methods
ED524 Survey Design (1 credit)
ED525 Interview and Focus Group Techniques (1 credit)
ED528 Using Quantitative Data Analysis Software (1 credit)

Specialization Courses   
ED520 Program Evaluation
EDU576 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
EDU492 Governance, Policy, and Administration of Higher Education
ED437 Diversity and Equity in Higher Education
EDU515 Decision Making for Educational Leaders I: Analyzing Problems in Schools and Universities
ED521 Advanced Program Evaluation
or EDU516 Decision Making for Educational Leaders II: Making Decisions in Schools and Universities

Choose at least one (1) of the following courses designed to provide foundational knowledge in important areas within higher education:
EDU446 Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators
ED475 Leadership and Management in Higher Education
EDU490 Higher Education Law
EDU493 History of Higher Education
EDU496 Fiscal Issues in Higher Education
ED430 College Retention: Theory, Research, and Practice

Milestones and Dissertation Research   
EDE560 Portfolio Review: Ed Leadership
EDE551 Comprehensive Exam Research: Higher Education EdD
ED540 Program Evaluation Dissertation Proposal Seminar
or ED546 Decision Making Dissertation Proposal Seminar
ED541 Program Evaluation Dissertation Seminar I
or ED543 Decision Making Dissertation Seminar I
ED542 Program Evaluation Dissertation Seminar II
or ED544 Decision Making Dissertation Seminar II

A total of at least 6 credits of dissertation credits, to be taken concurrently with ED540/ED546 (3 credits), ED541/ED543 (3 credits), and ED542/ ED544 (3 credits):
ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (variable credits)
ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (variable credits)
ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) (variable credits)


Choose one elective course (3 credits). You may take an additional course from the Specialization Course section above or see note 3 for suggestions. If additional courses are needed to reach the 90 credits total required for the doctoral degree, add electives to reach that total.


Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Cohort Begins Summer Of
  • Portfolio Evaluation Successful completion of a portfolio within the first two years in the program.
  • Dissertation Seminar Starting Fall Of
  • Comprehensive Exam (see program notes for how to register for exam)
  • Dissertation Proposal Exam (also referred to as "Qualifying Exam")
  • Dissertation Defense