Administration and Leadership Studies, D.Ed.

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College of Education

Department of Professional and Secondary Education
Stroud 209

570-422-3363

www.esu.edu/psed

Graduate Faculty

Doctoral Coordinator:

Douglas Lare, Ed.D., dlare@esu.edu

Professor:

Patricia S. Smeaton, Ed.D., psmeaton@esu.edu

Assistant Professor:

Angelo Senese, Ed.D., asenese@esu.edu

Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership Studies

  • Purpose of Degree;

    The doctoral program in Administration and Leadership Studies offered on the ESU campus by Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is designed for future school superintendents and K-16 school leaders. The program offers a rich mix of theory and application. In addition to traditional coursework, the program promotes skills in conducting research.

    Program Highlights:

    • All courses will be taught at East Stroudsburg University
    • Doctoral candidates will remain together as a cohort group throughout the program.
    • All classes will meet five times per semester on a Friday and Saturday. All classes will be presented in a seminar format that combines theory and application. The program is designed to accommodate the participants’ work schedules.
    • During a fall leadership retreat, guest speakers, former doctoral students conducting research and professional consultants offer experience and best practices related to leadership skills and management techniques.
    • Candidates who successfully complete the program receive a doctor of education (D.Ed.) degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
    • Candidates who satisfactorily complete this program may apply for the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility. The Pennsylvania State Department of Education also requires five years of educational administrative experience.
    • Candidates are required to follow the policies and procedures of IUP since the degree is offered and conferred by IUP. Students will be provided such information by IUP.

    Proposed Schedule:

    Year 1 — First Term

    PSED 701

    Leadership Theories

    3 credits

    PSED 710

    Advanced Topics in Human Development and Learning

    3 credits

    Year 1 — Second Term

    PSED 725

    Critical Analysis of Issues and Innovations in Education

    3 credits

    PSED 720

    Doctoral Seminar in Research Methods

    3 credits

    Year 1 — Third Term

    PSED 783

    Analysis of Qualitative Data in Leadership Studies

    3 credits

    PSED 660/760

    School Finance

    3 credits

    Year 2 — Fourth Term

    PSED 702

    Leadership: A Case Study Approach

    3 credits

    PSED 730

    Analysis of Effective Instruction

    3 credits

    Year 2 — Fifth Term

    PSED 782

    Research Instrument Design for Leadership Studies

    3 credits

    PSED 651/751

    Conflict Resolution

    3 credits

    Year 2 — Sixth Term

    PSED 650/750

    School and Community

    3 credits

    PSED 658/758

    School Law and Negotiations

    3 credits

    Year 3 — Seventh Term

    PSED 703

    Leadership: Applied Practice

    3 credits

    PSED 705

    Curriculum Evaluation

    3 credits

    Year 3 — Eighth Term

    PSED 681/781

    Special Topics in Education

    3 credits

    PSED 798

    Internship

    3 credits

    Year 3 — Ninth Term

    Written and Oral Comprehensive Exams

    PSED 798

    Internship

    3 credits

    Required in Year 3 — Spring, summer, and fall

    Completion of dissertation

    PSED 950

    Dissertation

    9 credits

Course Descriptions

  • PSED 650/750 School and Community (3:3:0)

    • This course focuses on the development and maintenance of a purposeful program of communication between the school and the community through study of selection, organization, and functions of citizen advisory committees and cooperative use of various community services. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 651/751 Conflict Resolution (3:3:0)

    • This is an applied course focusing on the resolution of conflict between groups and a third party. Specifically examined are the techniques of negotiation, mediation, and conciliation. Simulation and role-play are utilized as well as readings in theory and case study. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 658/758 School Law and Negotiations (3:3:0)

    • A case study approach is utilized in this course where students read, present, and discuss cases reflecting current issues of interest in School Law. Case law, as opposed to statutory or administrative law, is emphasized in this approach. Students are expected to assume a leadership role in discussion of the cases they present. The course format features a high degree of student involvement, discussion, and interaction. Due to the non-traditional scheduling format of the course, preparation which must be completed between class sessions is typically much more extensive. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 660/760 School Finance (3:3:0)

    • Budgeting procedures for large and small school districts are the focus of this course. School budgeting, accounting, bonding, and various monetary applications are presented as well as the various procedures for acquiring funds. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 681/781 Special Topics in Education (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed for the advanced graduate student who wishes to do independent research in special area. Enrollment is limited to students enrolled in the IUP Doctoral Program in Administration and Leadership studies. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 701 Leadership Theories (3:3:0)

    • The purpose of this course is to explore the concept of leadership and principles of learning. The student will develop a theoretical position regarding personal administrative style. Possible dissertation topics will be explored. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 702 Leadership: A Case Study Approach (3:3:0)

    • This course examines cases of organizations and individuals in the midst of transition, reorganization, or redesign in order to gain insight into both the psychological and sociological aspects of successful leadership in changing environments. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 703 Leadership: Applied Practice (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed to prepare doctoral students in leadership studies to develop and implement a field project that incorporates leadership and policy theories learned in previous courses. Various approaches and issues associated with design and implementation of a field project will be examined. Through and exploration of the literature, critique of theories, and direct hands-on exercises, students will be able to build competency in integrating leadership theories and research methods into their own field project. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 705 Curriculum Evaluation (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed to prepare doctoral students with a critical analysis of curriculum theory and research. Various approaches will be examined, with emphasis on the unique theoretical and methodological contributions of philosophical, psychological, and social approaches to the field of curriculum. Through an exploration of the literature, critique of theories, and direct hands-on exercises, the student will be able to build competency in integrating effective curriculum analysis into the student’s own educational praxis.

  • PSED 710 Advanced Topics in Human Development (3:3:0)

    • Students will evaluate and apply development theory as it pertains to the adult learner in environments of complex decision-making. Students will apply course readings to contemporary leadership issues. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 720 Doctoral Seminar in Research Methods (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed to provide doctoral students in educational leadership with basic knowledge and skills in quantitative and qualitative educational research. Student will be required to review and abstract research articles. The students will learn to read and write about educational research in a non-threatening, supportive manner. Through step-by-step, hands-on exercises, students will be able to build competencies in conducting research in the field of educational leadership. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 725 Critical Analysis of Issues and Innovations in Education (3:3:0)

    • This course provides doctoral students with the opportunity to critically examine current issues and innovations and to analyze their impact on school reform. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 730 Analysis of Effective Instruction (3:3:0)

    • The focus of this course is on the development of the skills requisite for effective instructional analysis and supervisory techniques. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 782 Research Instrument Design for Leadership Studies (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed to prepare doctoral students in leadership studies to critique and develop research instruments for their own dissertations. It will emphasize identifying the key issues associated with instrument reliability and validity analysis. Students will learn to critique and develop instruments through hands-on activities and individual projects. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 783 Analysis of Qualitative Data in Leadership Studies (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed to prepare doctoral students in leadership studies to conduct qualitative data analysis in dissertation research. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 798 Internship (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed for the advanced graduate student who wishes to do independent research in special areas. Enrollment is limited to students enrolled in the IUP Doctoral Program in Administration and Leadership studies. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.

  • PSED 950 Dissertation (1-9:0:0)

    • This course is designed for the advanced graduate student who wishes to do independent research in special areas. Enrollment is limited to students enrolled in the IUP Doctoral Program in Administration and Leadership studies. Prerequisites: Admission to and satisfactory progress in a cohort group in the IUP Educational Leadership Program.