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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Management

The goal of Drexel's unique EdD program is to generate dynamic leaders with in-depth knowledge and expertise of the complex challenges that face school districts, colleges and universities, foundations, and government agencies.

The sequence of courses for the EdD program begins with core coursework, including education and MBA courses. As students begin their concentration area courses, they also begin a sequence of seven research courses. By starting the development of research knowledge and skills early in the program, students move steadily toward creation of a dissertation research project.

Required Core Courses

18 Credits
View Description EDUC 800 Educational Leadership and Change

Covers leadership characteristics, styles, and profiles along with the dynamics of the change process. Students develop an action plan for a school-based project, keep a log, and do reflective analysis. Students will interview a leader about their experiences in change and develop a leadership portfolio.

View Description EDUC 801 Creative Strategies For Educational Leaders

Examines the theoretical and research issues pertaining to creativity and the development of the creative thought process. Emphasizes how role playing and drama techniques can become a powerful tool to promote creative thinking, innovation, and change for educational leaders.

View Description EDUC 802 Using and Integrating Learning Technologies

Covers learning theories and integrative models as they use instructional software in different contexts and subject areas. Demonstrates strategies for using and implementing multimedia, hypermedia, and electronic networking for candidates to implement in their own school settings.

View Description ORGB 625 Leadership and Professional Development

This course helps students develop knowledge and skills to enhance their professional development and to become effective leaders. Students will understand trends in contemporary organizations, enhance their self-awareness, refine their interpersonal skills, and apply these skills to improve their work effectiveness.

View Description EDUC 804 Program Evaluation in Organizations

Covers the differences between evaluation and other disciplines; how to design an evaluation framework; transformations in evaluation; new methodological approaches, including performance measurement; and issues that with which evaluators must deal.

View Description BUSN 502 Essentials of Economics

Topics in macroeconomics and microeconomics, including market equilibrium, monetary and fiscal policy, profit maximization, and market future.



Choose an Option

NOTE: The availability of the concentration options may vary.

15-16 Credits


View Description EDEX 712 Instructional and Curriculum Leadership in Special Education: Urban, Suburban, and Rural Contexts

This course explores the administration of teaching/learning as a system in an inclusive school. Students learn leadership practices for universal screening, integrating assistive technology, research/evidence based-practices, and assessment systems responsive to and linguistic diversity. Special focus on leadership issues related to the urban, suburban, and rural context.

View Description EDUC 817 Curriculum Models

Allows candidates to develop models of curricula aligned with local, state, and national standards. Presents strategies for interdisciplinary teaching, creating constructivist learning environments, and developing integrative curriculum modules. Considers learning styles and effective methods that will be modeled and implemented in the course.

View Description EDUC 820 School Superintendency

This course is designed to provide both theoretical and practical insights into the evolving responsibilities associated with being the chief executive officer of a school system.
Prerequisites: EDUC 801 Minimum Grade: C and EDUC 802 Minimum Grade: C

View Description EDUC 824 Parents and Schools

This course provides the candidate with the skills required by system-level administrators to work with a broad spectrum of constituencies. Students will focus on the major issues facing families, especially those that mitigate against strong home-school relations, such as poverty, domestic violence, and drug abuse.
Prerequisites: EDUC 827 Minimum Grade: B

View Description EDUC 827-830 School Superintendency Internships, I, II, III, IV (yearlong) **

This is a yearlong internship in various central office positions depending on the candidate's career preferences. The experience will focus on school issues of a system-wide impact, such as policy development, long-range planning, school board function and personnel management.



View Description EDPO 620 Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications

Examines concept of "policy" as it relates to education and educational institutions and their governance and practices. Related issues and applications that drive current national and global forces are explored with applications to education including: No Child Left Behind (NCLB), affirmative action, life-long learning. Applied learning component of the course requires student to identify, research and apply understandings of both "policy" and current issues to develop a culminating policy paper.

View Description EDPO 624 The Shaping of American Education Policy: Global Forces, Public Interests, and Politics

American educational policy continues to be shaped by three phenomena - global forces, public interests, and politics. Understanding each of the three and how they manifest themselves in preK-16 policies is critical for scholars and for aspiring leaders in basic and higher education. The course develops and deepens understandings of how each area impacts education policies and how in combination they hold the potential for transforming American education. Learning activities encourage investigation, analysis, and speculation about educational policies and the three forces that shape them.

View Description EDPO 628 American Education Policy and United States Competiveness

Over the course of recent years, government officials, academicians, corporate executives and many others have articulated the view that the output of our educational system-ideally, well-educated, skilled, and flexible graduates with higher education degrees-will have a great deal to do with how the US fares economically in the 21st century. Indeed, sets of "21st century skills" have been identified as crucial to the success of individuals and, collectively, our country, in the future. Through the lens of educational policy, this course will explore the ties between K-12 education, higher education and lifelong learning on the one hand and economic and workforce development on the other hand. Linkages and policies will be examined in the contexts of what "global competitiveness" means at the national, state, and local levels.

View Description EDPO 632 Ethics in Educational Policy-making

The critical nature of ethics in educational policy-making is closely examined through a series of intersecting elements. A foundation of understanding is created through study of the concept of ethics and by practicing ethical decision-making strategies. Critical literature from the fields of ethics and of policy-making frame an investigation of how educational policy-making is impacted by global, technological, and demographic forces. Through convergent thinking, conclusions are drawn about how to think and act ethically in the processes of developing educational policies.

View Description EDPO 636 Access and Equity Issues in Educational Policies and Policy-making

Researched and studied is the myriad of phenomenon that can deny individuals full access to an education, whether at the basic or higher education levels and across jurisdictional contexts. Critical analysis of past and present educational policies and the attempts to implement them reveal how legislators and educators have attempted to insure access and equity. A chosen issue in access and equity is researched and projections are made about how policy-makers might address it.



View Description EDHE 500 Foundations of Higher Education

Study of historical growth and advancement of colleges and universities in the U.S. from the Colonial era to "virtual" public and private universities. Integrated overview of contemporary issues and policies and practices that characterize the operational environments of higher education institutions in the 21st century; including financial management, accreditation, curriculum, and institutional planning.

View Description EDHE 510 Governance, Management and Administration in Higher Education

Organizational and administrative structures within the institutional hierarchy are explored as students examine the relationship between the university and the community it serves, the role of outreach in the modern university, and the role of faculty, staff, and student unions in academic operations and risk management.

View Description EDUC 705 Legal Issues in Higher Education

This course is designed to assist students with their understanding of how law, politics, and power structures interact to influence the goals and operations of the schools. Students will student the roles of school boards and community organizations, state boards of education, state government agencies, special interest groups, professional organizations, and unions.

View Description EDHE 669 Diversity in Higher Education

Presents research on issues of race, class, gender and disability in education in historical and contemporary contexts; emphasizes evidence-based data analysis, specifically qualitative analysis of data; introduces qualitative analysis of data, assumptions, designs, collection, analysis, and research ethics.

View Description EDGI 506 Comparative Higher Education

Examination of higher education systems around the world including the cultural and historical bases of these systems and their spread across the globe.



View Description EHRD 500 Foundations of Human Resource Development

Introduces HRD as a professional field of practice, places HRD within the context of the contemporary workplace, presents theories, paradigms, and issues in the field; introduces the concept of a learning organization and the HRD practitioner as a change agent.

View Description EHRD 601 Leading and Evaluating Change

This course serves as introduction to the study and practice of organization development and change. Students will gain a broad understanding of the field including its philosophy, history, models, and techniques used in facilitating system-wide as well as incremental organizational change and improvement. Issues related to values, ethics, and organizational assessment and diagnosis are explored.

View Description EHRD 602 Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning

The purpose of this course is to develop leaders at executive levels into organizational mentors who help to sustain a learning culture in organizations. Using readings, written assignments, self-assessments, case studies, and group activities, students will learn specific skills & concepts of effective mentoring/coaching for building learning communities in organizations. The course will address how coaching and mentoring can be used as effective development initiatives for nurturing learners at all levels within organizations.

View Description EHRD 604 Development of Human Resources

The purpose of this Advanced Seminar Course is to develop human resources in the organization. Students will learn ways to invest in the talents and expertise of people within a culture conducive to information and knowledge sharing of professional practices. Career development and succession planning will be studied and applied for future leadership practices.

View Description EHRD 606 Human and Organizational Performance

Systemic strategies for attaining continuous improvement in the private and public sector marketplace are examined. This includes the concept of human performance improvement in research and practice and the role of the performance improvement professional in facilitating individual, team, and organizational performance to support and sustain these strategies.



View Description EDEX 710 School Law & Policy in Special Education

This course is designed to provide an overview of the legal rights of students and their families in the field of special education. Students will explore the source, history, current status and litigation affecting special education. This course relates equal protection and procedural due process to school practices and policies affecting students with disabilities.

View Description EDEX 712 Instructional & Curriculum Leadership in Special Education

This course will explore the administration of teaching and learning as a system in an inclusive school. Students will be introduced to instructional leadership practices for universal screening, research and evidence based-practices, and implementation of assessment systems that account for cultural and linguistic diversity. A special focus on the unique leadership issues related to leadership in the urban, suburban, and rural contexts.

View Description EDEX 714 Development, Supervision, & Support of School Personnel

This course provides an overview of personnel functions with a focus on recruitment, selection, orientation, support, evaluation, and development; interpersonal skills; motivational and change theories; and the utilization of technology in the personnel process. It will look at the unique issues of co-leading personnel with other administrators. In addition, attention will be given to collective bargaining and the grievance process.

View Description EDEX 716 Organization & Administration of Special Education

This course is designed to provide an overview of the organizational practices for the administration of special education programs. Students will be introduced to special education revenue sources, compliance, child count, and budget monitoring as well as the special education plan.

View Description Supervisor of Special Education Internships
(I, II, III, IV)

The student will be required to log at least 75 hours of mentored leadership activities during each quarter of the internship to total at least 300 hours. Students will compile these activities and reflections in a special education leadership portfolio along with 14 artifacts showing application of skills on the Drexel Competencies and the PIL standards and performances, which are aligned, to the CASE Advanced Knowledge and Skills Set for Special Education Administrators.

View Description EDEX 721 Leadership Internship I: Sped Leadership

This is the first of a four-term internship. The focus in this internship is on legal and policies issues in special education leadership.

View Description EDEX 722 Leadership Internship II: Instructional Leadership

This is the second of a four-term internship. The focus in this internship is on instructional leadership in special education.

View Description EDEX 723 Leadership Internship III: Collaboration & Personnel

This is the third of a four-term internship. The focus in this internship is on collaboration and personnel issues in special education leadership.

View Description EDEX 724 Leadership Internship IV: Finance/Management

This is the fourth of a four-term internship. The focus in this internship is on finance and management in special education.


View Description SMT 601 Sport Industry Management

This course provides detailed overview of the sports industry and its management and business practices. Students will study organizational theory, human resources, decision making, policy development, planning, governance and the management functions necessary to provide them with the appropriate skills and knowledge for the effective management of sport organizations.

View Description SMT 602 Sport Law & Risk Management

Course overviews basic issues and strategies surrounding sport law and risk management issues in athletics. Students will be introduced to types of legal obligations and liability exposure in the sport business, along with the risk management tools available to minimize risk. Legal issues and management challenges are also explored.

View Description SMT 606 Contemporary Issues in Sport

The purpose of this course is to expand the students' understanding of issues prevalent in the sports industry. Discussions will cover topics including drugs, violence, religion, the media and globalization. Students will develop an awareness of alternate perspectives and examine in detail current problems while analyzing possible solutions.

View Description SMT 612 Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport

Course will examine skills, strategies and techniques needed for successful annual and major gift solicitation in the field of athletic development. Topics include understanding annual fund and major gift fundraising; examining booster club organization structure, benefits; priority seating programs and importance of donor research in the fundraising process.

View Description SMT 635 Sports Facilities & Event Management

Course is designed to provide learning experience in managing sports facility operations, planning new sports facilities and renovating and maintaining existing facilities. Course also provides student exposure to comprehensive event planning and management for sport and special events.



View Description CRTV 501 Foundations in Creativity

This course provides a foundation in creativity including leading theorists and their ideas.

View Description CRTV 502 Tools and Techniques in Creativity

Provides opportunities to enhance capacities and strengths. Through study and experiential learning, students work toward self-mastery of creative techniques, tools and strategies.

View Description CRTV 503 Creativity in the Workplace

Focuses on applied creativity, how creative ideas happen, how they become innovations, and how creativity can be infused into every aspect of an organization.

View Description CRTV 620 Research Methods and Assessment of Creative and Innovative Thinking.

Acquaints students with creativity research and applications. Using creativity as a vehicle, students will study various research paradigms.

View Description CRTV 630 Global Perspectives on Creativity

Explores theories, research, assessment, and programs for the development of creativity in a wide variety of countries around the world. Motives for the lack of global creativity research are suggested.


Research Courses

21 Credits
View Description EDUC 803 Educational Research Design I: Action Research and Program Evaluation

Introduces students to research design paradigms and the assumptions behind them, the use of the literature, developing research questions, qualitative and quantitative procedures, and research study formats.

View Description EDUC 810 Educational Research Design II: Action Research and Program Evaluation

The course builds upon Educational Research Design I and focuses on five main themes: research design, sampling design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting research results using educational applications.
Prerequisites: EDUC 803 Minimum Grade: C

View Description EDUC 835 Data Analysis I (Quantitative)

Continuation of EDUC 810. Use of statistical methods using real-world problems and real-world data to gain experience with the following topics: analysis of variance and covariance, simple and multiple linear regression, multivariate techniques of factor analysis, cluster analysis, and multi-level and structural equation modeling. Course includes a lab for practice-based learning using SPSS.
Prerequisites: EDUC 803 Minimum Grade: C and EDUC 810 Minimum Grade: C

View Description EDUC 836 Data Analysis II (Qualitative)

Continuation of EDUC 835. Use of qualitative methods using real-world problems and real-world data to gain experience withresearch techniques such as ethnography and case studies to gain skills in participant observation, interviewing, archival research, and historical analysis. Other theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches for qualitative research will be discussed. Course includes a lab for practice-based learning to use computer software for data collection/analysis.
Prerequisites: EDUC 835 Minimum Grade: C

View Description EDUC 815 Writing for Research, Publication, and Funding in Education

Guides students in the writing for research, publication, and funding in education by studying examples of effective writing formats written by successful practitioners and by using an active writing process approach: writing drafts, and giving feedback in small peer groups. Students produce a final document for each type of writing that employs authentic tasks and assessments.

View Description EDUC 818 Applied Research Study

Offers candidates a field-based opportunity to design and implement a pilot research study that will be presented and defended. Steps include framing the question and methodological approach, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting the results, and writing a report. Students document their research activities in a log. Research approaches can include action research, case studies, experimental designs, etc.

View Description EDUC 880 Research Seminar

Seminar to prepare students who have completed the core doctoral courses and residency requirement to work with their Dissertation Advisor in the development of their dissertation research proposal.


Ed.D. Candidacy Course

6 Credits
View Description EDUC 998 Dissertation Research

Allows candidates to conduct an original research study that will comprise the dissertation.