Apr 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [NOTE!!!! THIS IS AN ARCHIVED CATALOG. FOR THE CURRENT CATALOG, GO TO CATALOG.NIU.EDU]

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


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The Ed.D. program in educational leadership and policy studies is intended to prepare individuals for administrative service and leadership positions in schools, institutions of higher education, or other agencies. The doctoral program provides instructional experiences designed for satisfactory development of conceptual, human, and technical skills and understandings required for successful leadership in various administrative roles with emphasis on educational research, the role of the leader in the social order, community power structure, and organizational theory.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Check departmental information for additional requirements.

Admission


Students wishing to obtain the Illinois Superintendent Endorsement as part of the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies must first complete the 30 credit hour Ed.S. program in Educational Administration w/ Superintendent Endorsement. Upon admission into the Ed.D. program, 30 hours of Ed.S. course work credit can transfer into the doctoral program to fulfill the concentration course work requirement. 

An applicant for admission to the Ed.D. program in educational leadership and policy studies must submit

  • all official transcripts from institutions of higher education;
  • three letters of recommendation from professors and/or practicing school administrators who hold state licensure.

The faculty in the educational leadership and policy studies program area select the most qualified applicants. Preference is given to experienced administrators who hold a master’s degree from an accredited university, with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.50. Faculty decisions are based on the total profile of each applicant. Any applicant who is denied admission may submit an appeal to be reviewed by the admissions committee and the faculty. Appeals must be in writing, explain the basis for the appeal, and include information not previously submitted.

Requirements


The doctoral program in educational leadership and policy studies requires a minimum of 42 semester hours of graduate work beyond the master’s degree. Students may choose between two distinct specializations: Educational Leadership or Educational Policy Studies. The Educational Leadership specialization is designed for individuals who have completed their Ed.S. and hold an Illinois Superintendent Endorsement. The Educational Policy Studies specialization is designed for individuals who hold a master’s degree but do not hold or wish to pursue an Ed.S. degree and are interested in doctoral-level analysis of educational issues, policies, and practices. Please note: neither specialization leads to Superintendent Endorsement.

Specialization in Educational Leadership


If the applicant holds an Ed.S. degree from NIU, the doctoral program requires a minimum of 42 semester hours as follows:


Course work in research understandings and skills, learning and development theories, and sociocultural analyses of education (18)

Transfer credit from the Ed.S. degree or equivalent (6)

Successful completion of a candidacy examination

If the applicant holds an Ed.S. degree from an institution other than NIU, the doctoral program requires 42 semester hours as follows:


Course work in research understandings and skills, learning and development theories, sociocultural analyses of education (24)

Electives approved by adviser or program coordinator (6)

Successful completion of candidacy exam

Specialization in Educational Policy Studies


For students without an Ed.S. degree, the doctoral program requires a minimum of 66 semester hours beyond the master’s degree as follows:

Course work in research understandings and skills, learning and development theories, and sociocultural analyses of education (24)

Concentration course work in educational policy studies (30)

Successful completion of a candidacy examination

Candidacy examination


The candidacy examination requires demonstration applicable knowledge in educational leadership and policy studies. A student must be in good academic standing, both overall and in the Ed.D. program to be eligible to take this examination. A student who fails this examination may, with the permission of the major department, repeat it no sooner than the following academic term. A student who fails this examination a second time, or is not granted approval for a second attempt, shall not be permitted to continue work toward the Ed.D. degree, and admission to that program shall be terminated.

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