With the present climate of accountability, there is a significant demand for educator among administrative ranks and in the classroom who have a high degree of expertise in school improvement, research, and professional learning. The Columbus State University College of Education and Health Professions is committed to the development of educators with this level of expertise. The development of professional educators with the research skills necessary to improve student achievement in schools is critical given the need for leadership frameworks, curriculum models, and instructional practices that are supported by research. Rigorous testing demands investigation of multiple variables affecting, and affected by, the implementation of a practice. Once the practice is tested, those conducting research may choose to modify the practice to meet the needs of a specific situation. This program develops educators with the skills to meet these demands.
This program is delivered in a cohort model in which students work together through their required coursework in face-to-face classes. Some approved electives may be offered online.
With a Doctorate in Curriculum and Leadership, you obtain a more competitive degree for job positions in educational leadership. Careers such as assistant school principals, school principals, school district superintendents, and college presidents are all available to doctorate degree holders. You have a higher level resume with a doctorate degree in all of these careers, but with careers such as school district superintendents and college presidents it is almost required to have a doctorate level degree. There is an expected 25% rise in the assistant principal positions before the end of the decade. Therefore, this is the right time to further your degree.
Requirements for Graduation
Course of Study
The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Leadership is comprised of a course of study that has four distinct phases: Research (15 semester hours); Specialization in either Educational Leadership or Curriculum (21 semester hours); Dissertation (a minimum of 12 semester hours); and approved electives in specific discipline areas (a minimum of 15 semester hours).
The Ed.D. degree requirements are located in the Academic Catalog.
Click here for the Doctoral Program Policies and Procedures Handbook.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Graduate Academic Regulations
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