Graduate School of Education

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (K-12)

Program Overview

As today's education landscape continues to undergo rapid change in technology, economy and culture, school administrative leaders must be equipped with the skills, knowledge and vision to steer institutions through this ongoing evolution.

California Lutheran University's Doctor of Education in K-12 Educational Leadership empowers seasoned professionals to further enhance their abilities and position themselves for heightened leadership roles. The program provides you with the conceptual lenses, tools of inquiry, and values necessary to positively influence educational organizations and the people who learn and work in them.

Program Highlights

K-12 Educational Leadership doctoral program candidates gain the experience and vision required to effectively lead 21st century educational organizations. Small, collaborative classes emphasize organizational and research skills, ethical values, and leadership by integrating theory with real-world application opportunities.

Candidates examine educational leadership policy, practice and change in international settings. Graduates will be leaders who contribute to student success by:

  • Modeling moral, ethical practice
  • Leading organizational change in a diverse society
  • Establishing a caring, collaborative learning community
  • Supporting teaching and learning principles
  • Utilizing effective administration and technology principles
  • Evaluating individual, organizational, and societal education contexts
  • Designing educational research

Educational Leadership Courses (27 units)

  • EDLD 603: Historical & Philosophical Foundations of Educational Leadership (3)
  • EDLD 605: Instructional Leadership in Modern, Complex Organizations (3)
  • EDLD 607: Ethics & Values in Educational Leadership (3)
  • EDLD 614: Policy Development & Political Influences in Education (3)
  • EDLD 617: Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusivity in American P-20 Education (3)
  • EDLD 621 International Comparative Educational Practices (3 units)
  • EDLD 622: Program Evaluation (3)
  • EDLD 624: Leading Organizational Change & Development (3)
  • EDLD 626: Managing Resources in Support of Organizational Vision (3)

Research Courses (23 units)

  • EDLD 601: Research Tools & Application to Practice (3)
  • EDLD 612: Quantitative Research Design & Analysis (4)
  • EDLD 613: Qualitative Research Design & Analysis (4)
  • EDLD 610: Research Seminar: Literature Review (4)
  • EDLD 620: Research Seminar: Dissertation Proposal (4)
  • EDLD 630: Research Seminar: Data Analysis (4)

Dissertation (10 units)

  • EDLD 634 Dissertation Research (3)
  • EDLD 635: Dissertation Seminar (4)
  • EDLD 636: Dissertation Defense (3)

Courses

EDLD 601 Research Tools and Application to Practice (3 units)

An introductory course that equips candidates with basic library, writing, technology, and research skills to be used in all courses in the program. Strategies and ethics of research provide the basis for designing research questions, selecting data collection strategies, and conducting basic data analysis. Candidates begin a comprehensive literature review in the course.

EDLD 603 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Educational Leadership (3 units)

A historical survey of the competing philosophical bases for the creation and implementation of educational policy and practice, with particular attention to questions of equity and excellence in a multicultural society.

EDLD 605 Instructional Leadership in Modern, Complex Organizations (3 units)

This course explores several major theories of learning, group process and organizational development, and the implications of those theories for diagnosis and action to influence learner outcomes. It includes emphasis on the problems, dilemmas, and opportunities for leaders in educational, public and human service organizations.

EDLD 607 Ethics and Values in Educational Leadership (3 units)

This course guides students to understand and articulate individual and organizational values that shape the dynamic learning organization. Students make the connection between articulated values and ethical practices in our diverse communities.

EDLD 610 Research Seminar: Literature Review (4 units)

A comprehensive review of the research literature related to designated themes and a general topic of research interest, with a focus on literature review of the anticipated dissertation topic. Students will complete the integrative literature review and begin framing research questions for further pursuit.

EDLD 612 Quantitative Research Design and Analysis (4 units)

The use of data-based decision making in modern, diverse organizational settings. The course builds on the prerequisite basic research methods course and includes problem posing and presentation and analysis of data.

EDLD 613 Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (4 units)

An overview of qualitative research assumptions, characteristics, approaches, and techniques. Candidates will conduct a small-scale field-study.

EDLD 614 Policy Development and Political Influences in Education (3 units)

Provides an introduction to the various phases of policy making in education, including problem identification, policy development, policy analysis, political decision making, policy implementation, and policy evaluation. The course includes study of organizational structures for educational decision making at the federal, state, county, and local levels, with emphasis on how and where influence can be exerted.

EDLD 617 Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusivity in American P-20 Education ( 3 units)

This course examines the social ecology of American P-20 education through a lens of inclusion, social justice, diversity, and equity.  The course will focus on best practices as they inform policyand practice from early childhood education to postsecondary institutions.  It will also concentrate on the influence of diversity, culture and society, and politics on P-20 American education.

EDLD 620 Research Seminar: Dissertation Proposal (4 units)

In this course, candidates receive the direction and guidance needed to develop their dissertation research proposals. At the end of the course, candidates will have a draft of their proposal, which must be presented to their dissertation committee.

EDLD 621 International Comparative Educational Practices (3 units)

This course will provide candidates with the opportunity to examine educational policy and practice in an international setting. The focus of the course will be on (1) comparative educational policies and practices and their relationship with economic development, and (2) educational quality, standards, accountability, and reform. The course will involve the critical examination of relevant literature and international travel to visit educational institutions and agencies of the selected country or countries.

EDLD 622 Program Evaluation (3 units)

The application of quantitative and qualitative skills to guide the improvement of policy making and practice in organizations. Students will conduct an evaluation study as part of this course.

EDLD 624 Leading Organizational Change and Development (3 units)

Candidates examine approaches to studying and influencing organizational effectiveness. The course includes a study of leadership styles, conflict management, group dynamics, and change process.

EDLD 626 Managing Resources in Support of Organizational Vision (3 units)

A focus on human and material resources and the organizational patterns of education at the federal, state, county, and local levels. Emphasis is on the interrelationship of the educational bureaucracy as it relates to the framework of decision making and the functions at the local level in meeting individual student needs. The course includes techniques and strategies for grant writing and managing grant funds.

EDLD 630 Research Seminar: Data Analysis (4 units)

This course is intended to guide students through the organization and analysis of their dissertation data. Advanced topics in data analysis will be introduced including multivariate statistics; factor analysis; multilevel modeling. Advanced qualitative topics including the use of computer programs for qualitative data analysis will be presented. Students will also hear presentations of dissertation formatting. Students will be expected to present a draft of the problem statement, literature review, and methods sections of their dissertations by the end of the summer seminar.

EDLD 634 Dissertation Research (3 units)
EDLD 635 Dissertation Seminar (4 units)
EDLD 636 Dissertation Defense (3 units)

Currently Accepting Applications for Summer 2015

Admission Requirements

  1. Checklist
  2. Completed Application Form
  3. $50 Application Fee (please make checks payable to CLU)
  4. Official transcripts verifying bachelor's and master's degree
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Two Recommendation Forms
  7. Resume
  8. GRE Scores
  9. Writing sample

Application Process

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Interested individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor to review specific program information, admission requirements, start terms, deadline dates, and review financial aid options.

Please call (805) 493-3325 to schedule an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor or to request information.

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