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Educational Leadership/Special Education Intensive Study Area (EdD)


Program Description

As part of the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) program offered by the University of Northern Iowa College of Education, we offer an Intensive Study Area (ISA) focused on educational leadership and special education. 

This area of intensive study prepares personnel for leadership positions in PK-12 schools, and other educational services or settings. Typical positions held by educators with the terminal degree focused on educational leadership include:

  • Principals
  • Superintendents
  • School district central office administrators
  • Professors of educational leadership
  • Special education directors at the Area Education Agency level
  • Department of Education administrators and consultants

Students interested in either educational leadership or special education administration will apply for admission through the Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies (EPFLS).  For more information, contact Benjamin Forsyth, Ph.D., Head, EPFLS, or please see the UNI Course Catalog.

The next cohort for this ISA is scheduled to start fall 2020. 


Coordinator:

Dr. Kim Huckstadt
Phone: (319) 273-4525
Email: kim.huckstadt@uni.edu

 


Courses

Note: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is REQUIRED for admission. 

Candidates must have master's level education research methods and statistics coursework prior to beginning professional core classes for this program: MEASRES 6205 (250:205) or HPELS 6290 (440:290) or Equivalent, AND a substantial introduction to statistics course: MEASRES 4180/5180 or HPELS 6210 (440:210) or equivalent.

This program requires 60 semester hours beyond a master's degree. Comprehensive requirements and dissertation are required for completion.

Graduate College Applications Due February 1


Educational Leadership/Special Education Director ISA Requirements

Superintendency/Principalship Track: 

  • Professional Common Core 27 hrs
  • Advanced Professional Studies 27 hrs

Required courses in Superintendency/Principalship Track: 

Seminar (3 credits)

  • POSTSEC 7389 (170:389) Seminar in Postsecondary Education OR
  • EDLEAD 7389 (270:389) Seminar in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director OR​
  • EDLEAD 6289 (270:289) Seminar in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director

Practicum or Internship (3 credits) 

  • POSTSEC 7397 (170:397) Practicum: Postsecondary Education OR
  • EDLEAD 7397 (270:397) Practicum in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director OR​
  • EDLEAD 6290 (270:290) Practicum in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director OR​
  • POSTSEC 7391 (170:391) Internship in Postsecondary Education OR​
  • EDLEAD 7391 (270:391) Internship in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director OR​
  • EDLEAD 6291 (270:291) Internship in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director

Electives (21 credits) 

  • Orientation to ISSL and Educational Leadership/Special Education Director
  • School Governance, Law and Intersystems Relations
  • Leading Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum
  • Leading School Growth and Improvement
  • Evaluator Approval for Improved Student Learning
  • Readings in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director*
  • Seminar in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director*
  • Practicum in Principalship
  • Internship
  • Capstone ISSL
  • Human Resource Administration
  • Leading Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Evaluation of Administrators
  • Power, Politics, and Ethics in School District Leadership
  • Funding the Educational Program for Improved Student Achievement
  • School Business Management
  • Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector
  • Readings in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director *
  • Seminar in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director*
  • Internship in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director
  • Practicum in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director
  • Other courses as approved by ISA

*1-3 units – may be repeated with Intensive Study Area approval

Dissertation Research (6 credits)

Total Credit Hours for Educational Leadership/Special Education Director ISA: 60 hrs


Special Education Director Track

  • Professional Common Core 27 hrs
  • Advanced Professional Studies 27 hrs

Required for Special Education Director Track:

  • School Governance, Law and Intersystems Relations
  • Leading School Growth and Improvement
  • Evaluator Approval for Improved Student Learning
  • Educational Leadership/Special Education Director and Systems Change
  • Special Education Law and Policy
  • Administration of Special Education
  • Practicum

Electives: (27 credits) 

  • Leadership for Effective Schools
  •  Leading Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum
  • Seminar in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director*
  • Human Resource Administration
  • Educational Leadership/Special Education Director and Systems Change
  • Leading Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Evaluation of Administrators
  • Power, Politics, and Ethics in School District Leadership
  • Readings in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director
  • Educational Program Evaluation
  • Readings in Special Education
  • Studies in Special Education
  • Internship in Special Education Administration
  • Readings in Special Education
  • Studies in Special Education
  • Other courses as approved by ISA

* 1-3 units: may be repeated with Intensive Study Area approval.

Dissertation Research (6 hrs)

Total Credit Hours for Special Education Director ISA Track: 60 hrs

ISA Applications Due February 1st


Common Core Courses for Ed.D. (27 hours)

Required:

  • Foundations of Inquiry
  • Evidence-Based Practices, Assessment, Accountability and Program Evaluation
  • Leadership in Formal and Informal Learning Environments 
  • Organizational and Community Transformation
  • Critical Analysis of Social and Cultural Contests in Education
  • Doctoral Seminar
  • Inquiry I and II

Course choice:

  • Educational Program Evaluation
  • Descriptive Educational Research
  • Advanced Experimental Research in Education
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research 

 


Application Process

EdD in Educational Leadership Application Requirements

  • Complete electronic application through the College of Education  
  • Provide professional vita/resume
    • Applicant must have a minimum three (3) years of relevant professional experience
  • Provide official transcripts
    • Candidates must have a 3.0 GPA for all graduate coursework. 
    • Candidates must have successfully completed master's level education research methods and statistics coursework prior to beginning Ed.D. core classes.
  • Completion of the GRE with results forwarded directly to the UNI Office of Admissions
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation and completed reference form 
  • Draft a "Letter of Application" addressing the following required components (letter will also be reviewed as candidate's writing sample): 
    • Describe how your educational background supports your candidacy for the doctoral program at UNI.
    • Describe your aspirations for the future and the contributions you hope to make in the field of educational leadership. 
    • Describe your motivation for entering the Ed.D. program and your commitment to follow through to completion.
  • Provisional degree status may be recommended for an applicant who does not meet all of the requirements or for whom it is felt that further graduate coursework or professional experience would be useful in making the admission decision.
    • Provisional degree status will not be considered for applicants whose admission files are incomplete.
    • An individual admitted to provisional degree status must be formally reconsidered for unconditional admission, and all coursework completed during that time must be subsequently approved by an appropriate faculty committee before it may be applied to a degree.