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ED.D. COURSE DESCRIPTION

LEVELING COURSES – to be determined by Advisor and Coordinator of the Ed.D. Program

2. RESEARCH COURSES: 12 SCH

Required Research Courses (9 sch):

EDFR 8300 Research Methods in Education (3)Fall*
This course is an in-depth study and analysis of the research process, and focuses on the various quantitative and qualitative inquiry strategies including the epistemological differences between the two strategies. Attention is given to formulating problem statements, posing research questions and hypotheses, devising appropriate research designs, acquiring and summarizing data, and appreciating probabilistic thinking. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDFR 8301 Qualitative Research (3)Spring*
An examination of qualitative and ethnographic research as interpretive methods of inquiry is the focus of this course. Action research, participant observation and open-ended interviewing to address the problems of educational organizations are included, as are the topics of life history, field notes, coding categories, and data analysis. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDFR 8302 Quantitative Research (3)Fall*
This course is an introduction to quantitative research methods in education, including survey design, descriptive, experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational, and inferential inquiry. Strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate uses of these methods of inquiry will be stressed. Lec 3, Cr 3

Elective Research Course (3 sch):Summer*

EDFR 8303 Statistical Analysis in Educational Research(3)
This course is an investigation of basic descriptive and inferential statistical analysis in educational research. Computer applications, using appropriate statistical software packages, will be presented and analyzed. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDFR 8304 Ethnographic Methods(3)
Data collection, techniques of analysis, and ethical issues involved in using ethnographic methods in educational research are the focus of this course. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDFR 8305 Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research(3)
Heuristic review of univariate and bivariate data analysis, multiple regression analysis, canonical correlation, cluster analysis, discriminant analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, factor analysis, and related topics are covered. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDFR 8306 Field Methods(3)
In-depth study of the design, data collection, and analysis techniques for field or empirical and non-experimental research, including surveys, observational studies, content analysis, and case studies. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDFR 8307 Program Evaluation(3)
Methods related to planning and implementing evaluation of educational programs, including formative and summative evaluation through decision, program modification, and outcome and performance-based evaluation models that affect policy and program change are the focus of this course. National standards are examined for assessing the quality of evaluations relative to utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDFR 8308 Selected Topics in Research(3)
Group and individual projects in research design, research methodologies, and research execution in response to student needs and interests, and faculty expertise. Course may be repeated once for credit. Lec 3, Cr 3

3. CORE COURSES (C&I): 21 SCH

EDCI 8320 Advanced Curriculum: Instructional Design and Development (3) Summer 1*
Planning the implementation and evaluation of curriculum and instruction as innovations in educational settings. This includes design, development, and evaluation of program materials. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDCI 8321 Adult Learning Strategies (3) Summer 1*
A study of learning in adulthood, how to facilitate that learning, and the characteristics of adult learners will be addressed. Particular emphasis will be placed on models, goals, organization, methodology, career development, and evaluation of adult learners in P-16 environments. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDCI 8322 Sociological Applications for Education (3) Spring*
A sociological analysis of education as a social institution and a setting for social interaction, to include such topics as social stratification, gender, ethnicity, race, social organization, social change, cultural diversity, group dynamics, religion and leadership. Case studies are used to emphasize the relationship between sociological theory and education practices. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDCI 8323 Advanced Models of Teaching (3)Fall*
Social, information processing, personal, and behavioral systems models will be examined, synthesized and applied. Research in teacher effectiveness and demonstration of models is required. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDCI 8324 Literacy Across the Curriculum (3) Spring*
This course will focus on reading and writing across the curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on research and current classroom implementation. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDCI 8325 Mentoring, Induction, and Professional Development (3) Spring*
Research and models of mentoring, induction, and professional development will be explored. Local, state, and national programs will be analyzed in terms of meeting the needs of adult learners, effecting change, and long term instructional improvement. Lec 3, Cr 3

EPSY 8318 Advanced App. Of Human Development and Cognition (3) Fall*
To be developed Lec 3, Cr 3

4. SPECIALIZATIONS

4.1. BILINGUAL STUDIES: 15 SCH

BILC 8340 History, Politics, and Models of Bilingual Education (3) Fall*
Historical, theoretical, and legal foundations of bilingual/ESL education, including the evolution of program models will be investigated. Lec 3, Cr 3

BILC 8341 Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition (3) Fall*
Theories and research in bilingualism, multiculturalism, and second language acquisition will be addressed. Specific emphasis will be given to the linguistic, cognitive, and motivational factors in language acquisition. Lec 3, Cr 3

BILC 8342 Content Area Instruction in Bilingual Programs (3) Spring*
This course studies the rationale, theory, and research that support content-based instruction in bilingual education. Student projects will include dual language and ESL research and practice. Lec 3, Cr 3

Bilingual Studies Electives: 6 SCH Summer or Spring*

BILC 8343 Literacy and Biliteracy Development (3)
This course is taught in Spanish, reviews literacy practices in bilingual education and addresses the theory and research related to the development of biliteracy. Students explore literacy in its broader sociocultural context and review the history of the teaching of reading and writing in both Spanish and English. Lec 3, Cr 3

BILC 8344 Language Use in Bilingual Classrooms (3)
Students will examine and compare the linguistic structures of Spanish and English, including phonology, morphology, and syntax. Students will analyze discourse patterns in bilingual education such as dual language and ESL. Lec 3, Cr 3

BILC 8345 Seminar in Bilingual Studies (3)
The focus of this course may include such issues as assessment, advocacy, cultural studies, language policies, language planning, and bilingual education. Lec 3, Cr 3

BILC 8346 Issues and Assessment in Bilingual/ESL Programs (3)
Students will be provided with the knowledge and strategies to evaluate Bilingual/ESL Programs, related materials, methodologies, and assessment. It addresses a number of issues in the assessment of English language learners, including purpose, validity, reliability, and bias. It also reviews guidelines for appropriate test use. Lec 3, Cr 3

4.2. EARLY CHILDHOOD: 15 SCH

ECED 8350 Advanced Theories in Early Childhood Education (3) Fall*
This course will involve a collaborative exploration of major theories related to early childhood education. The focus of the course is on learning fundamental theories with historical perspectives and expansion on theoretical frameworks regarding current educational practice and policy. Current and critical theories in education will be discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program. Lec 3, Cr 3

ECED 8351 Research in Early Childhood Education (3) Fall*
This course will cover current and historical research in early childhood education. The historical research will include foundations of early childhood research. Current research will include topics such as research methodology and ethics for researching young children. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program is required. Lec 3, Cr 3

ECED 8352 Advanced Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (3) Spring*
This course will examine the foundations related to early childhood curriculum. The major curriculum models/approaches in early childhood education will be presented. Currently accepted best practices in early childhood education will be analyzed and critiqued. Research in Early Childhood curriculum development will be interpreted. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program. Lec 3, Cr 3

ECED 8353 Families, Schools and Community Partnerships (3) Summer 1
This course examines the role families, schools, and community partnerships play as a critical element of whole-school educational reform. As a learning community, we will examine our own beliefs about each role, analyze the research on the impact of home/school and community partnership on student learning. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program. Lec 3, Cr 3

ECED 8354 Leadership in Early Childhood Education (3) Spring*
This course focuses on the major principles of leadership, ethics and advocacy in Early Childhood Education. It involves research into models of leadership, ethics, personal leadership qualities and skills, cultural and personal inclusion and effective collaboration. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program. Lec 3, Cr 3

4.3. EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP: 15 SCH

EDLR 8360 Leadership Theory and Practice (3) Fall*
The course will focus on developing the leadership skills and competencies needed to effectively lead complex and diverse educational organizations. Self awareness, sound intuition, valid theory, cultural responsiveness, and leadership and management skills will be explored and applied. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program is required. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDLR 8361 Decision Making for School Improvement (3) Fall*
The course provides an in-depth study of decision-making theory and models and their application in districts and schools. Also covered will be the use of data and application of decision-making processes that focus on current research in learning, distributed leadership, and enhanced school improvement. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral Program is required. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDLR 8362 Leading School Reform (3) Spring*
Analyzing, implementing and leading school reform is the focus of this course. Issues regarding initiating and guiding the change process and the restructuring of schools to improve student performance will be addressed. In-depth explorations of school improvement models are included. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program is required. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDLR 8363 Politics in Educational Leadership (3) Summer 1*
This course will focus on developing the leadership knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to effectively understand and excel in an increasingly political environment--educational organizations, school districts and communities. The dynamics of internal and external factors leading to political conflicts seen in public education will also be addressed. Prerequisite: Admission into the doctoral program is required. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDLR 8364 Policy Planning and Development in Education (3) Spring*
This course provides a thorough review of current research on problem identification, policy formation, adoption and implementation. Students will examine in-depth the multilayered structure of the US political system and the impact on educational policy at federal, state and local levels. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program is required. Lec.3, Cr. 3

4.4. EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: 15 SCH

EDTC 8371 Theories and Practices in Effective On-line Pedagogy (3) Fall*
This online course examines contemporary research relevant to the theoretical foundations of teaching and learning online. Through examination of current literature relevant to effective online instruction, students will analyze the pedagogical implications for teaching and developing effective online courses and learning communities incorporating current and future technological tools. Lec.3, Cr. 3

EDTC 8372 Advanced Instructional Design (3) Fall*
This online course is designed to extent students’ knowledge and application of the instructional design process in K-16 e-learning environments. Emphasis is placed on the selection of appropriate pedagogies, processes, and tools for designing, developing, and evaluating online instructional materials. Students will solve a real-world instructional or performance problem. Lec.3, Cr. 3

EDTC 8373 Evaluation and Assessment in Instructional Technology (3) Spring*
The online course is intended for students to become competent in mainstream and alternative models of evaluation. Students will also target a real life instructional system within an organization, propose an appropriate evaluation model with a research-based justification, and appraise the target system professionally to meet the organization’s goal. Lec.3, Cr. 3

EDTC 8374 Course Management and Instructional Systems in K-16 (3) Summer 1*
This entirely online course proved a framework by which distance educators can analyze three core issues involved in successfully implementing courseware/learning management systems in K-16 environments. Students will research the managerial and administrative, technical, and pedagogic issues involved in offering instruction at a distance using a CMS/LMS or similar system. Lec.3, Cr.3

EDTC 8375 Trends in Educational Technology K-16 (3) Spring*
This course investigates approaches, techniques, tools, and philosophies as they apply to current and future trends in educational technology and online learning in the K-16 educational environments Lec.3, Cr.

4.5. HIGHER EDUCATION TEACHING: 15 SCH

EDFR 8380 Comparative Higher Education (3) Fall*
Current knowledge of the methodology and traditions of the field of Comparative Education applied to national systems of higher education compared to U.S. Analysis of emerging concepts surrounding globalization, Birth-12 or PK-16 education, postgraduate, scientific research and innovation worldwide with special emphasis in North, Central and South America and Europe. Lec 3, Cr 3

HIED 8381 Advanced Human Learning and Motivational Development (3) Fall*
The course focuses on advanced theories and current research in learning and motivation. Readings and discussions will focus on the implications of major learning and motivational theories on our understanding of cognitive, emotional, and social-cultural growth to foster a working knowledge of a doctoral-level scholarly inquiry, research, and writing. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDFR 8382 History and Philosophy of Higher Education (3) Spring*
An overview of historical development of Higher Education is focused on American education and its growth and development since the founding of Harvard. Philosophical issues, e.g., access to higher education, undergraduate curriculum, academic freedom, role of universities in society, and the balance of teaching, research and service will be addressed. Lec 3, Cr 3

HIED 8383 Higher Education Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (3) Summer 1*
Students will critically examine historical and contemporary issues related to equity, inclusion, and diversity, as well as analyze current trends and coming challenges in higher educational research, theory, policy, and practice. Lec 3, Cr 3

HIED 8384 Current Issues in Higher Education (3) Spring*
The study of contemporary higher education as a specialized field of inquiry and as a professional area in which to work will be addressed. Students will explore institutional missions as well as entities such as teaching and administration in relationship to current issues centered on faculty and students. Lec 3, Cr 3

5. ELECTIVES Spring, Summer or Fall*

EDLR 7338 The Superintendency (3)
Using field-based applications, as appropriate, to study the unique roles, duties, and responsibilities of the superintendency. Successful students will exhibit competence in strategic planning, collaborative decision making, public information, student activities, community involvement, personnel management, instructional leadership, financial management, instructional leadership, board relations, school governance, and other areas of importance to the superintendency. This will be the first course taken for the Superintendent’s endorsement. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDLR 7384 Educational Social Political Problems and the Superintendency (3)
This course deals with the interrelationships of the local district with other political subdivisions in the community and a study of the impact of power structures upon the district. Professional and nonprofessional organizations, power structures, diverse cultural and ethnic groups, demographic trends, sociological issues, and community expectations are studied to determine their influences upon educational decisions. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDLR 7389 Texas Public School Finance (3)
Participants will engage in advanced studies on the impact of school districts in equity issues, taxation, statutory mandates, district budget preparation and approval, fiscal management, and business operations of school systems. Prerequisite: Principal or Mid-management Certification Lec 3, Cr 3

EDLR 7393 Administration of Programs for Special Populations (3)
This course deals with competencies required to administer, from a district-wide perspective, programs for special populations, such as students in special education, at-risk, with limited English proficiency, in gifted and talented programs, and in vocational education. The requirements of state and federal legislation, such as ADA and Section 504, will be reviewed. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDCI 6325 ESL for International and Intercultural Settings
This course will emphasize comparative international and intercultural teaching practices, stressing second language instruction in an international setting. Cooperation with community agencies, selection and assignment of personnel, allocation of resources, pupil personnel management and other instructional programs will be emphasized. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDCI 6336 Problems in Education (Topics)
This course’s major emphasis is on current innovations in education. Students will conduct research related to selected problems. This research may include conducting action research, working with educational determinants, and new education programs, and/or working with classroom researchers and other people in the community to improve the education program. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDEC 6301 Major Theories in Early Childhood Education (3)
Historical, philosophical, and sociological basis for the development of early childhood education is traced and establishes a foundation for a discussion of contemporary issues in early childhood education. The contributions of past theorists and current researchers will be explored. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDEC 6302 Instructional Planning and Curriculum Development for the Early Childhood Classroom (3)
This course presents the major principles of curriculum planning and organization, including the development of a scope and sequence and the identification of appropriate learning materials and resources. Special emphasis will be given to research on developmentally appropriate early childhood education environments. A major portion of this course includes field-based experiences. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDEC 6307 Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Education (3)
An integrated “whole language” approach will be emphasized to pre-literacy and literacy development for pre-primary and primary aged children. Students will learn how to guide and interrelate the acquisition of the language arts skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing- by organizing rich language environments for ESL students. Related research will be reviewed. Lec 3, Cr 3

EDEC 6310 Problems in Early Childhood Education (3)
Topics will include analysis of theory, research, policy and practice such as: Children’s Play and Play Environment, Peer Relationships: Personality and Social Development, Parent and Community Involvement for the Early Childhood Classroom, and Early Childhood Education for the Exceptional Child. Lec 3, Cr 3

Other Electives may be used as approved by the faculty advisor and by the Coordinator of the Ed.D. Program

6. DISSERTATION

EDCI 8380 Dissertation I (3) (Long Summer)*
Data collection will be conducted and analysis of results will occur, as well as further development of the literature review. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examinations. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

EDCI 8390 Dissertation II/1 (3) Fall*
Candidates will prepare a prospectus for approval by the dissertation committee. Candidates will prepare a protocol for review and approval by the Institutional Review Board. Permission of advisor is required to enroll in this course. Prerequisite: EDCI 8380. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

EDCI 8391 **Dissertation II/2 (3) Spring*
Continue data analysis, results and conclusions completed. Enrollment in this course is required each semester through program completion. Prerequisite: EDCI 8390. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

*Semester may be changed to match need for minimum student numbers for courses.
**Students will continuously enroll in this course until they complete their Dissertation

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