Currently this doctoral degree is in progress. Cohort I has completed their course work on the University of North Alabama Campus in Cooperation with University of North Alabama. Applications for Cohort II are currently being accepted. We anticipate that Cohort II students will begin coursework in the Fall of 2014. If you are interested in being considered for Cohort II, you may submit your application at any time.
The doctorate emphasizes the application of theory and research to the practice of leadership in P-12 schools and other educational policy arenas. Candidates acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to function as scholarly, ethical, and reflective decision makers in the areas of executive management, instructional leadership, and policy. Program graduates are prepared to lead complex educational organizations in ways that improve schools, foster democratic communities, and promote social justice. For more information regarding the Ed.D. degree offered on the UNA campus in Florence, Alabama please contact Ms. Vanessa Williams.
A Master’s degree in a relevant field. Individuals seeking this degree have often earned both “A” level administrative certification obtained at the master’s level and “AA” level administrative certification obtained at the Ed.S. level. This Ed.D. is a post-EDS degree. Students are advised to pursue an Ed.S degree at UNA prior to pursuing admission to the UNA Ed.D. In addition there is a prerequisite for a Statistics course equivalent to BER 540. See the requirement for this under Research.
Admission and Application Process
Entrance criteria include an earned Master’s or higher level degree; a minimum graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and a test score of at least the 50th percentile on the MAT or on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. Admission test scores must be less than five years old. Letters of professional and academic reference, a purpose statement, a writing sample, and educational experience in teaching and/or leadership are also factors considered in the admission process.
The first cohort began in the Fall of 2010; these students are now designing or conducting research for their dissertations. A second cohort is currently being planned. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2014. For more information regarding the Ed.D. degree offered on the UNA campus in Florence, Alabama please contact Dr. Daisy Arredondo Rucinski or Dr. Dave Dagley.
Application consists of the following steps. In the Statement of Purpose, please specify that you are applying for the cohort offered on the University of North Alabama Campus.
Step 1, the Graduate School Application. For a complete listing of graduate application forms please visit the Graduate School at http://graduate.ua.edu/application/index.html
Step 2, the Department Application. (A) Have three letters of recommendation (as described in the Graduate School application) sent directly to Ms. Vanessa Williams at the department address below. (B) Download and complete the Department Application Form. Update your vita and select an example of your academic writing. Send the form, the vita, and the writing sample to Ms. Vanessa Williams, Program in Educational Leadership, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies, University of Alabama, Box 870302, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0302.
Upon acceptance, students are assigned an advisor. The advisor will determine which courses will transfer, write the student’s program of study, and devise his or her comprehensive examinations.
A minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the masters degree, comprised of 36 hours in the major; 12 hours of research coursework; The College of Education foundations requirement (up to 12 hours); A comprehensive examination; 12 hours of dissertation credit, and the University residency requirement.
Candidates are required to take 36 hours of classes to include four core courses (AEL 682, 619, 650, 671). The remaining courses will be approved by members of each student’s program of study committee. Previous graduate credit may be applied to the doctoral degree if the credit was earned during the six-year period (not seven years) prior to admission to the doctoral program. At the discretion of the program of study committee, up to 18 hours (6 AEL courses) of the Ed.S. major may count as part of the 36-hour major for students pursuing the Ed.D.
Research (12 hours)
Candidates are required to take 12 hours of course work in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Candidates are required to have taken a course in statistics prior to admission (BER 540 if taken at The University of Alabama). Graduate level statistics courses taught by research faculty at other universities may be accepted for transfer. The beginning statistics course does not count as part of the 12 required hours.
College Foundations Requirement (12 hours)
Over the course of one’s graduate studies (Masters, EDS, Doctorate), account for 12 hours of graduate coursework comprised of any BEF or BEP classes or any other non-research method(s) course(s) outside of the student’s department. Although master’s level courses fulfill the 12-hour College of Education foundations requirement, they may not count toward the 72 hours needed to fulfill the requirements for the EDD.
Course Rotation for Cohort 1 (Courses through Fall 2011 have been delivered)
- Fall, 2014 AEL682, BER545
- Spring, 2015 AEL619, BER 631
- Summer, 2015 AEL671, AEL650
- Fall, 2015 BER546, BER632
- Spring, 2016 UNA (AEL 618), BEF 667, Comprehensive Examinations
- Summer, 2016 UNA (BEF Course)
Apply to take the comprehensive exams by emailing Ms. Vanessa Williams for the form.
Students must have completed all course requirements and removed all grades of “I” from their academic record before sitting for exams. The Program of Study committee selects questions that reflect the individual needs of the doctoral student. The chair of the Program of Study committee disseminates the questions to the examination proctor, coordinates the evaluation, and reports the results. All examinations will last six hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. The exact date of the examination will be published on this website. Comprehensive examinations consist of six questions. Students may either type or handwrite their examination. No laptop computers will be allowed. A room with sufficient computers will be provided.
A minimum of three faculty members will independently read and evaluate the examinations. Each member will rate each response as (1) Strong Pass, (2) Average Pass, or (3) Fail. In response to student performance, the committee will recommend (1) Pass – no oral defense needed, (2) Pass – contingent upon successful oral defense, or (3) Fail. However, any single member of the committee may require an oral defense. An additional faculty member (decided upon by the exam committee) must attend this oral defense. Upon completion of the oral defense, Pass/Fail will be determined by a majority vote. In the event of a tie vote, the Department Chair will cast the deciding vote upon review of the student’s written exam and faculty comments. If the Department Chair is a member of the original committee, a non-participating faculty member will be asked to cast the deciding vote. In the event that a person does not successfully meet the requirements for passing the exam, the student will be notified within 4 to 6 weeks and will be given the opportunity to re-take the examination the following semester. Students will be notified of the results of the examination within 4 to 6 weeks of taking the exams.
Dissertation (12 hours)
AEL 699 Dissertation Research. A minimum of 12 hours of AEL 699 Dissertation Research. Continuous enrollment is required until the dissertation is complete. Candidates must enroll for a minimum of three hours per semester. All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within seven years (21 fall, spring, and summer semesters) following admission to the doctoral program.
Each dissertation committee will consist of five members: two UNA faculty members, one EDAD faculty member, and one Foundations or Research faculty member. The final member will be selected in consultation with the dissertation chair. Candidates may include an outside member who meets temporary graduate faculty criteria.
The doctorate offered on the campus at the University of North Alabama campus is delivered to cohorts of students over a period of three years. Three years is the minimum period in which the doctoral degree can be earned. The totality of that experience constitutes the residency. Students enrolled in other campuses may not join the cohort for selected courses nor may members of the cohort elect to take one or more courses at another site.