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.


1. Students in this program need to have completed and/or have transferred a minimum of 36 graduate credits before they can be admitted into their “cohort” (i.e., the group of students who will be together for three years culminating with the field-based dissertation supported by the Dissertation Seminar). However, students can be provisionally admitted into the program and allowed to take some of the courses prior to their admission into a cohort.

2. Students who intend to complete the program in three years part-time with their cohort need to start their cohort experience in the summer and take 6 credits of coursework and/or dissertation each semester, including summers, following the recommended sequence identified in our webpage and in note #4 below. Students who cannot commit to this intense pace, or need to interrupt their program for unforeseen reasons, need to discuss their specific situation with their advisor.

3. Recommendation about electives: in addition to additional foundation courses in higher education, you may want to consider the following options, organized in categories for your convenience:

(a) Courses designed to provide practical knowledge and skills that can be useful to leaders and administrators in higher education settings as well as other helping professionals:
EDU416: Conflict Management in Schools and Universities
ED432: Professional Writing and Communication
ED483: Communication and Counseling Skills
ED516: Designing and Evaluating Professional Development
ED470: Leading Effective Program Design

(b) Courses designed to provide knowledge and skills specific to various career options within higher education administration:
ED479: Human Resources Management in Higher Education
ED482: Technology and Higher Education
ED476: Administration of Student Affairs In Higher Education
ED433: Student Affairs Administration: Admissions and Financial Aid
ED434: Student Affairs Administration: Minority Student Affairs
ED467: Student Affairs Administration: International Student Services
ED484: Student Affairs Administration: Residential Life
EDU413: Student Affairs Administration: Academic Support Services

(c) Other higher education courses:
ED420: Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
ED485: College Students and Student Development Theory
ED486: Curricular Innovations in Higher Education

(d) Foundations of education courses:
ED411: Philosophy of Education
ED438: Sociology of School Organizations (New 2007-08)
ED428: Ethics of Education

4. Students need to have completed their comprehensive exam in order to register for the Proposal Seminar. Students need to have successfully completed the Proposal Seminar in order to register for one of the Dissertation Seminars. Once in the Dissertation Seminar sequence, students are expected to register for both Seminars in the same academic year and to keep up with the assignments in order to complete their field-based dissertation within the year. In the rare event that a student cannot complete the field-based dissertation within the allotted year, the student will be required to enroll in BOTH dissertation seminars the following academic year in order to complete his/her dissertation.

5. Recommended sequence of courses for students joining a cohort for the entire duration of the program:
Year 1:
• Summer: ED506; elective
• Fall: higher ed. core; higher ed. core or elective
• Spring: higher ed. core; higher ed. core or elective
Year 2:
• Summer: ED504 OR ED507; elective
• Fall: ED520; EDU515
• Spring: ED521 OR EDU516; higher ed. core
Year 3:
• Summer: ED540 (proposal seminar); dissertation credits
• Fall: ED541 OR ED543 (dissertation seminar I); dissertation credits
• Spring: ED542 OR ED542 (dissertation seminar II); dissertation credits

6. Students in an accelerated Ed.D. option are expected to be holding a professional job that gives them access to a site where their action research dissertation can take place. If for any reason this condition is no more met, the student needs to discuss with his/her advisor whether the student needs to move to the regular Ed.D. program or whether there are better alternative solutions.

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