Online Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership & Organizational Innovation
An EdD and a PhD are often confused. Here are some commonly asked questions to help clarify the differences:
An EdD develops scholarly practitioners and university faculty who strive to connect academia with real-world situations.
A PhD develops lecturers, adjunct and research faculty for universities.
An overview of the theoretical framework for the practice of leadership in organizations, leading to the application of theory and best practices in your leadership practice. Focus is on specific leadership topics, such as strategic leadership, systems thinking, team leadership, change management, and developing others. We will move back and forth between theory and practice and include opportunities for self-reflection and skill development. (3 credits)
Focus on issues and practical applications of ethical principles of leadership, which includes a review of philosophical foundations as context for consideration of ethical issues and dilemmas. Towards this end, evaluate the concept of justice in organizations, and the changing demographics of our society, especially related to race and culture, gender, age, disability, and socio-economic status. Emphasis will be placed on effective organizational management of diversity for social justice outcomes. (3 credits)
Development of self, organization, and community through enactment of adult learning theory as it relates to transformational leadership values. The scope of study includes analysis of transformational leadership theory and the development and implementation of leadership and change projects. (3 credits)
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Covers the foundations of enacting leadership content gained thus far for the purpose of locating, developing, analyzing, synthesizing and constructing a sound literature review consistent with the research on a chosen research topic. Develop skills essential for conducting research and completing a research project with a particular focus on reviewing literature and composing a literature review paper, demonstrate the ability to discriminate among alternative research viewpoints, differentiate constituent parts of the review, assess and comment on theories, thoughts, and ideas, concept proposals and relevant literature, and construct a cogent and compelling literature review. (3 credits)
Develop the leadership skills needed to initiate, build, evaluate, and sustain durable coalitions and community partnerships for effective collaboration. Tools and strategies necessary for leaders to guide a group, team or organization through a collaborative process will be explored. Collaborative and ecological systems-thinking leadership perspectives will be emphasized as well as presentation and communication skills. (3 credits)
Examine how technology has affected educational and other systems to date and identify how technology applications could significantly improve the effectiveness of professional development, school, and institutional management and transparent communications. Develop strategic plans and policy for technology use in their respective institutional systems.(3 credits)
A careful study of coaching and mentoring processes useful for empowering individuals and groups toward strategic growth. Instruction will be given on the process, approaches, benefits and relationships of coaching. Various models of coaching will be discussed. Provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice the art of conducting effective coaching conversations that can be applied to numerous workplace situations. (3 credits)
Engaging activities designed to enhance understanding of the leadership challenges which confront today's professionals. When a crisis occurs, institutional leaders are expected to respond and direct the process of recovery. This course merges literature on leadership and best practices in crisis management. (3 credits)
Provide valid findings to determine whether a particular program or policy is achieving its goals, and whether it should be continued, improved, expanded, or curtailed. This course will expose a variety of “state of the art” research designs and related methodological tools useful for evaluating the impact of policies and programs. It will also provide you with the skills to efficiently and consistently make informed decisions using data to maintain awareness of organizational needs. (3 credits)
Develop understandings of the principles, processes and techniques used in social science research. Design and conduct systematic studies using quantitative and/or qualitative research methods. In addition, this class provides the foundational knowledge and skills to critically critique and apply research. Further develop individual applied research by continuing to review the literature by articulating a theoretical framework and continuing the quest to clearly focus the purpose of their study. Complete CITI training and IRB applications. (3 credits)
Address leadership practices and theories within the contexts of countries around the world. An emphasis will be placed on developing cultural intelligence, building global context, and creating cross-boundary partnerships and networks. An optional international leadership experience will apply global perspectives to leadership practices. (3 credits)
Focuses on the design of research studies in applied settings. The design and implementation of mixed methodology research is contextualized in current issues and takes into account the practical constraints of the real world. Topics covered include the formulation of research questions/hypotheses, operational definitions of research constructs, sampling methods, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, threats to internal and external validity, psychometric and statistical methods, quantitative and qualitative inquiry, data analysis and research report writing. (3 credits)
Examine the processes an organization uses to attract, retain, motivate and develop the best people for their jobs. The course will focus on organizational recruitment, employer value proposition, retention, engagement, identification and development of high potential employees, succession planning, and employee development. (3 credits)
Coach and support doctoral students as they conduct a feasible, ethical, and valid research project. Students will meet regularly and work with a faculty adviser through the online platform to develop their capstone projects. In this portion of the capstone project, students will identify, introduce and analyze a problem of practice, challenge, or complex phenomenon in an external organization. Students will investigate this problem and provide multiple forms of evidence that demonstrate a need to focus on the problem in the particular organizational context. Drawing upon program course work and their independent research, students will then design an intervention or process that implements learning, improvement or change to solve the problem in an approach aligned with the organization’s needs. They will present this first portion of their project to the organization and receive feedback. (3 credits)
Continue to meet and work with a faculty adviser as they incorporate feedback from the external organization on the proposed intervention, outline a system of evaluation for the recommended design and integrate the content of the entire project into one narrative and final deliverable. While students are not required to implement the intervention, their final capstone project should provide a detailed plan and evaluation strategy that, backed by extensive research, would result in the expected improvement in the organization or successfully address the organization’s challenges. (6 credits)
The online EdD is designed for working professionals who want to promote change across diverse instructional and organizational settings through impactful leadership strategies, key collaborations with diverse audiences and stakeholders, and innovative problem-solving to improve processes and analytical thinking skills, which foster actionable solutions.
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We asked Dr. Lisa Turissini about the value of earning an EdD from Marymount. Learn about the program format, coursework, career outcomes, and more.
Graduates with a doctorate of education degree enjoy a wide range of career opportunities and the confidence to promote change across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), about three million students were enrolled in graduate programs in 2018. NCES projects that number will increase by three percent over the next decade.
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To proceed with the EdD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Leadership, you are required to have a master’s degree.
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