Doctor of Education: Ethical Leadership
W. Melvin Welch, Ph.D., Director
The Ed.D. in Ethical Leadership is designed for the working practitioner. The program curriculum is a stimulating, rigorous, challenging, and standardized course of study designed to be completed within a three year period. Participants will complete the program as a cohort. Learners will attend class sessions one Saturday a month. Class attendance is mandatory. The instructional delivery system includes lectures, group work, technology, presentation, and extended time beyond actual class meetings for reflection. In addition, an on-campus residency period is required during the three summers of the program. Learners participate with cohort members, peers, and faculty members in scholarly and innovative activities. This experience provides group cohesion, collegial interaction, cultural experiences, and inspirational time. The class work, assignments, and participation are considered rigorous and demanding during this time.
Participants work on an applied research dissertation across all courses. The dissertation is a comprehensive applied research study of significant importance. It is the intent of the program that the dissertation, regardless of the type of methodologies used, be designed to make a contribution within the researcher's sphere of influence. Each dissertation must have a clear and precise statement of purpose that includes identification of scope and limits. This dissertation contributes substantially to the body of knowledge that is important to academia, business, or other settings. The learner conducts original research and generates a dissertation for the purpose of addressing a specific issue and, thus, makes a difference in his or her particular profession. Doctoral students are required to follow the dissertation track and cannot be granted extensions and/or delays by the dissertation team.
EDUC 900 Intrapersonal Leadership
901 Research Theory: Principles and Methods
902 Leadership Paradigms
903 Research: Methods and Techniques I
904 Interpersonal Leadership
905 Systems Theory: Leadership and Management
906 Legal and Ethical Issues in Leadership
907 Policy, Politics, and Social Action
908 Research: Methods and Techniques II
909 Leading Change
910 Covenant Leadership
Note: a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (4.0 scale) is required to successfully complete the program. Courses with grade lower than B must be repeated.